>How Many Times?

>I am not a “numbers” guy; in fact you can easily build a case that I don’t like “numbers” at all. I don’t keep track of speaking assignments..not “right” or “wrong,” just the way it is.

Yet last Saturday, March 20, as I drove back from speaking at a youth rally in Concordia, Ks I was overwhelmed with gratitude for over thirty years of being able to do such activities. Preaching in a church, to a small Bible club, to large events, for a week of special meetings in a church, in over 1400 high schools, graduations, civic organizations, weeks of camp….all of it is such an incredible privilege.

And it all started because God drew me to Himself in a jail cell in Texas; following release from prison a few years later a couple took me in; later Dr. Al and Vidy Metsker took a chance and allowed me to come to Bible school…where Dean Potratz and so many others poured wisdom and experience into me…and because a host of people pray and invest as I and my family continue to serve as home missionaries; with no income other that missionary support and honorariums.

I am a blessed man who continues, by His grace, to try to preach truth, with a healthy dose of “fear and trembling” as I understand “let not many of us become teachers…for as such we shall incur the stricter judgment.”

The photos are from that Saturday rally, me preaching and “Cloverton” singing and leading worship.

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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