Freezer owner on mission from God

June 7, 1987
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ESTILL SPRINGS, Tenn. -- Arlene Gardner, who says 'a turned-off light bulb can't stop' God, plans to move her freezer with a shadowy image of Jesus to a spot where more people can see it.

Gardner insists God chose her General Electric appliance to reveal the face of Jesus, but some of the 3,000 viewers who have seen it in recent weeks say it looks more like country singer Willie Nelson.

'I really believe that I have a precious freezer,' Gardner said.

Gardner, 66, telephoned a radio talk show to share what she believes is a miracle and that started an onslaught of believers and non-believers who wanted to see for themselves.

The woman told listeners that the face of Jesus could be seen on the freezer's smooth side every night when a neighbor turns on a porch light. Gardner's famous freezer is on an outside deck.

But the neighbor, weary of traffic and noise, turned off the light last week, prompting Gardner to look for a new location for the freezer.

'I can't stop God, my neighbors can't stop God and a turned-off light bulb can't stop Him,' she said. 'Tell everybody that we're going to bring it back. It's our mission.'

Gardner and her husband, Luther, plan to move their trailer and the freezer 'so that everybody can see it.'

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