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The Head Polishing Church

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The Head Polishing Church

Don Zhiss rocked his 290 lb. frame back and forth between the church’s theatre seats. He occasionally would stop and pat his right foot on the hardwood floor impatiently waiting to be called on. In his own words, he was ‘cited’ about getting to testify.  He might be in his late 60’s, but them old ladies were just taking way too much time testifying and there was no fire in what they were saying. He couldn’t wait. Come on already!

Don was Jewish. He was a 100% literal son of Abraham. At Studebaker’s plant one day, a fellow employee named Lee Silvers had told him that the Jews had killed Jesus. Don was so upset. He wanted to talk about that some more. Lee brought him to a basement church named Christ Temple on the corner of Elwood Avenue and Elmer Street in South Bend, Indiana.

The preacher preached Don to the altar that night. He repented and received the Holy Ghost. Don also received the revelation of Jesus name baptism and was promptly baptized. When he understood that the Jesus in the New Testament was the Jehovah of the Old wrapped up in flesh, he became unstoppable.  He never stopped shouting when someone talked about the Mighty God in Christ.

Into his senior years, Don would lead victory marches around the church and run the aisles. He rolled on the floor sometimes while he testified. If the service was tight, Don had a way of knocking the kinks out of it. He was a worshipper that would have made King David stop and take notice.

He was also highly uncoordinated and unpredictable. When running behind him, the men all knew that at anytime Don might stop and turn around and run the other direction, bringing much confusion and injury to the runners.

This night, Don was fired up. He wanted to testify about Jesus Name. A first time visitor, named Casey, sat in front of Don.

Finally, he got called on. He raised his voice and flailed his arms pacing back and forth. He shook the row of seats in front of him with both hands. The people clapped and shouted amen to encourage to him.

The half a teaspoon or so of saliva, that Don was known to carry in his mouth, began to spray has he exuberantly raved about Jesus name and the Holy Ghost.

Bald headed Casey sat unmoving and frozen while this giant of a man ranted behind him. When Don noticed he had just sprayed saliva all over the visitor’s head, he never missed a beat. While waving one arm high in the air and without so much as looking at what he was doing, Don pulled a used handkerchief out of his pocket with the other hand and began to rub the visitor’s head.

He wiped the spit off of Casey’s head while his eyes stayed glued on the mortified pastor. He didn’t stop with a simple wipe but kept on unconsciously polishing the now shiny dome while waving the other hand and bragging on Jesus.

Oh, by the way, Casey got the Holy Ghost that night.


Written by Martyn Ballestero

November 2, 2017 at 7:16 pm

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  1. That is church!


    November 2, 2017 at 7:29 pm

  2. Thank you! Oh my what a beautiful blast of memories from the past! I vividly remember the night Bro. Zhiss threw his arms wide and with a burst of faith, he leaped off the platform hitting the floor with a loud thud!I My eyes were closed and I heard more than saw him hit the floor right in front of me! He jumped up gripping his wrist and said “I hurt my wrist, I thought I could fly”! As soon as he knew that he had no injuries, he was back to his favorite pastime, shouting and praising God! God PLEASE give us another Bro. Zhiss!

    Dennis Morris

    November 2, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    • That’s another of my favorites!! And, yes, we do need more of his caliber of christian!!


      November 2, 2017 at 8:01 pm

  3. No one like him!!! What treasured memories & a lot of great stories he left us!!! Such a wonderful man!! Laughed out loud at this story, even though I’ve heard it many times!!!


    November 2, 2017 at 7:59 pm

  4. Thank you Elder Ballestero, that post made my whole week.

    Parker Oakes

    November 2, 2017 at 8:49 pm

  5. I want to be this guy, minus the spit.

    Debbie Harrison

    November 3, 2017 at 8:57 am

  6. This brought back wonderful memories, Thanks Ben Mckinnies

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    November 3, 2017 at 9:59 am

  7. Loved the story!


    November 3, 2017 at 1:22 pm

  8. Wow…I remember him…didn’t he try to fly jumping from the balcony?..He always had a smile.

    Carol Melton Whitlock

    November 6, 2017 at 1:17 pm

  9. Such wonderful memories !!!


    November 6, 2017 at 8:34 pm

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