He was a curious kind of man. I met him in the early 1990s in a Military Airlift Command (MAC) terminal at Dover Air Force Base, DE. I was trying to catch a “military hop”(flying on a military flight for free on a space available basis) in an attempt to get back to Germany. He was probably in his early 70s and had retired from the Air Force about 25 years earlier. He described his ministry as a “military hop ministry”. Unfortunately, in the years since I have forgotten his name.
For 10 months out of the year, this aging veteran traveled on military hops. God had led him to a ministry of reaching out to military members and their families. He had a backpack full of gospel tracts and small pocket sized Bibles. When waiting on military hops, you can easily spend long hours and several days in an attempt to get that hoped for flight. This evangelist to the military would pray and seek God’s leading on who to approach in the flight terminal. He would sit and talk with people and share the love of Jesus Christ.
A church in the Midwest was his sponsoring church. His costs were relatively low as he would either stay in the terminal overnight with his fellow sojourners or he would check into the billeting rooms on base to have access to a shower and a soft mattress for the night. Our roving evangelist didn’t care if he ended up in Germany, Kuwait or Japan. As long as there was a military member to encourage and share Christ with, this servant of the Gospel was content to be walking by faith.
He did relate that he would stay home for 2 months every year. But, near the end of the 2 months his wife began to get anxious for him to get on the road again. He said it took him about 60 days to get the “honey-do list” completed.
This veteran of the Air Force was faithful to the calling Christ had placed upon his life. He was not ashamed of the gospel and believed intently that the people he encountered needed to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ. I pray that we all learn to share Christ as faithfully as this ambassador for God. As I mentioned, I have long since forgotten his name. But, I do look forward to spending more time with him in heaven hearing of the faithfulness of God as he crisscrossed the globe. Consider this man’s example as you encounter your realm of influence. Tell someone about Jesus Christ and His love that took him to the cross. Tell them about how the love of Christ compelled a man to live out his life in military airplanes and MAC terminals.