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Christine Rowe, Al Chandler and Robert Casteel are pictured at the Red Cross office in Paducah on Tuesday.

Pastor Al Chandler knows there’s power in the blood.

He preaches it as the pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Mayfield and lives it as a blood donor every two weeks.

Chandler has seen spiritual life change in individuals who make a profession of faith in Jesus, whose blood supplied the ultimate sacrifice. He has also seen what a fusion of plasma can provide for cancer patients.

“As a pastor, I’ve visited so many people getting chemo treatments,” he said. “One man was getting strong treatments and was near the grave that morning. I had to leave and they gave him a fusion of plasma. I came back and it was like an absolute resurrection, the life that it gave him. It opened my eyes to the power of plasma.”

Chandler decided to become a plasma donor through an American Red Cross in Paducah that accepted platelet and plasma donations. He goes every other Tuesday to donate blood. While there, he witnesses and builds relationships with the workers in the room.

“I hang out with them for two to three hours every two weeks,” he said. “Many of the employees live where our church is in the Graves County area. It’s a chance to build some relationships with them.”

Ian Carrico, a church evangelism strategist with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, said Chandler has “made his burden his ministry.”

“I thought it was so incredible how God took a hospital visit, turned it into a burden and Pastor Al followed through with it as an intentional act of ministry, ” said Carrico.

Chandler said he regularly prays for the workers and they have become “Who’s Your One?” candidates in his life.

“It’s an excellent team of people who work there and they make me feel like a king when I walk in,” Chandler said. “I come in there and everybody knows my name. I’m really getting to know them. They have opened up and shared a lot of things going on with their families.”

Chandler has been donating for more than three years, and his wife is also a donor.

“Within 48 or 72 hours (of giving) it’s going into a cancer patient,” he said. “The need for blood is great.”

Chandler has donated 19 units of plasma and platelets.