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Final Descent Outdoors is going into it’s fourth year of being a national hunting show and our fifth year overall. With staff scattered from Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas we are yearly able to harvest some great deer and capture some amazing footage for our viewers to enjoy. We take pride in the fact that we are “average joe’s” just like our viewers. We are school teacher, firefighters, ministers, salesmen, truck drivers, and everyday folks. The goal of Final Descent Outdoors is to produce the absolute best outdoor television possible for our fans and feature our sponsors and their products that help make us successful in the woods. 

We are passionate about hunting but we are also passionate about our faith in Jesus Christ. In life as well as the show our goal is to make God look good. Furthermore, we are family men and God has called each of us to lead our families. Our spouses and children come before any hunting season. We want to allow our viewers to walk with us through the unforgettable moments, the laughs, and the heart breaks. Aren’t those the emotions that bring us back to the woods over and over again?

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THE HARVEST: Marriage Saved

Brad Clay

Isaiah 55:11 tells us that God's word never goes and and returns void.  As you probably already know, we end every show with a devotion where we challenge our viewers with a truth from God's Word.  I never know how God is going to use our show but we are constantly amazed by His work and use of Final Descent Outdoors.

This addition of The Harvest comes to us from Karen.  Karen emailed us just before Christmas.  Karen and Rick have been married for nearly 20 years.  Karen has been a faithful church member but Rick rarely went, mainly on Easter and Christmas.  They have three kids with the oldest being in jr high.  Every Sunday since the kids were born Karen and the kids would go to church and leave Rick at home to watch football, hunting shows, or to go hunting during season.  As the kids got older, they began to want to stay at home with dad.  That's where things begin to really get difficult for Karen.

How was she to respond to the kids?  They were saying, if dad doesn't have to go, we don't want to go either!  Karen was heart broke and started going to church for the first time without her kids.  She asked her Sunday School class to pray about the situation.  One of the men in the class, knowing Rick was a big hunter, asked Karen if Rick has ever watched Final Descent Outdoors.  He told her what channel and what FDO was all about and after church she went home and set it to record.  The show aired that evening and Rick watched the FDO guys hunt hogs with the Benghazi Heroes in Texas.  He loved it and over the next couple weeks continued to watch.  

A few Sundays later Karen was getting ready for church when Rick came out of the bedroom dressed and ready for church.  Karen was shocked!  For the first time ever, outside of a holiday Karen's family went to church...together.  Karen emailed us this incredible story and to say thank you for our ministry adding, "it might just have saved our marriage."  

Wow!  Talk about being blown away!  I'm so thankful that God's Word is alive and active and we are thankful God gives us the common ground of hunting to tell others about Him.  If you would like to support our mission by donating to our ministry please do so today!  Help us continue to reach outdoorsman for Jesus!  TO DONATE CLICK HERE

 

Author Brad Clay is the host of Final Descent Outdoors and a licensed and ordained minister in Oklahoma.  Brad served for 12yrs in vocational ministry before stepping out to do full time outdoor ministry in 2013. Brad resides in Edmond, OK and is married with four children.

Why Should A Church Host A Wildgame Dinner?

Brad Clay

We don’t have to tell you that men’s ministry is tough.  On any given Sunday in America there are 13 million more adult women than men in attendance in our churches.  Men don’t like to admit they are wrong or ask for help.  To come into a relationship with Jesus we have to admit we are sinners (we are wrong) and that we need Jesus (help).  So, creating events like a Wildgame Dinner is a great way to get men into the doors of the church, in a non-threatening environment and present them with the gospel.  There are nearly 14 million hunters in the USA and using the common ground of the outdoors to reach those men is quickly becoming a very effective way to draw men into the church.  However, this isn’t just about the man.  When a man comes to faith in Christ the rest of the family follows 93% of the time.

Our Church Doesn’t Have A Mens Ministry Budget, How Can We Pull It Off?

I do realize that many churches don’t have much money set aside for men’s ministry.  I do believe that this can be a huge outreach and you should figure out a way to make it happen.  

You should want to try and keep the event free if possible but many churches do charge to come to the event.  There are benefits to charging outside of the actual money coming to help cover costs.  You sell tickets and you have an idea on how many to expect, you can cap the event based on space and food if needed.  This is all based on where your church is along the lines of funds to put on this event.

 

We Have Never Done One, Where Do We Start?

We realize that many churches have never hosted such an event and have no idea where to start.  I have spoken at over 200 such events and have seen them done well and I have seen them done very poorly.  Here is what you need to pull it off:

Food: Don’t be scared by the name “Wildgame”.  You can do several things here.  One, ask men in the church to bring homemade wild game dishes, another great way to involve men in the church.  You should also have other food available.  Many churches will do chili, fried fish, or smoked meats.  (Actually had several churches bring a whole smoked hog, people loved it.  Apple in the mouth in all!).  You want to make sure that you have plenty of food and fish and chili seem to go along way.  Tea, water, and simple desserts keep all men happy, happy, happy!

Date: We recommend doing the event between January-March or September-October.  This is right before and right after the hunting season.  Many churches choose Saturday or Friday evenings. However, you need to look at your church, your area, and decide what works best for you.

Speaker: You can dream as big or as small as you want here.  You want Phil Robertson?  If you can afford him, do it!  There are several outdoor TV personalities that speak at such events like myself.  Jeff Danker of Major League Bowhunter, Jimmy Houston, Daniel McVay and Buddy Groom of Buckventures, Alex Rutledge of Bloodline TV, Jimmy Sites and many more (sorry if I left you off!)  You don't have to have a TV guy by any means.  Maybe it is someone in your church but you want someone who can clearly...clearly present the Gospel.

Promotion: Many of these events succeed and fail by the amount of effort put into it through promotion.  Don't make it all for not!  Start with the men in your church and work out.  Get them on board and bringing buddies.  Then hang up flyers at local gun shops, bow shops, ranges, sport stores, etc.  Run ads in the paper, USE SOCIAL MEDIA!!! Get the word out and get those guys in the door!

Door Prizes: One of the best way to get guys in the door is by promoting the event and mentioning some amazing door prizes. Contact your local sporting good store, taxidermist, gun shop, bow shop, feed store, etc and ask for a tax deductible donation. Set aside some budget to also provide great prizes.  Just an FYI...giving away guns means background checks and FFL transfers.  To avoid embarrassment and the hassle we recommend giving away a muzzleloader as it doesn't require a background check or an FFL transfer.

Plan Well: Men have a tendency to miss details.  You can't. Plan out the schedule and hold to it, respect the folks that comes time the best you can.  Plan to have food prepared and served.  For door prizes, have runners take prizes to folks, this process can drag on forever if you don't speed it up.  Plan for men to make decisions and follow up to be done.  If men come accept Christ make sure proper follow up is done! Don't just say, they stood up, filled out a card, or raised there hand, good enough!  Make sure you have there information.  (I recommend having a card you do the drawing from with contact info and at the bottom have a response area for follow up afterwards).

Pray: Last but for sure not least!  There are so many lost men in your community that need Jesus, many of them love the outdoors.  Pray that this event would appeal to them and that they would come and hear about Jesus.  That is the end result.  Bring men together to be challenged by the truth of the Gospel.

If you have any questions about Wildgame Dinners please don't hesitate to reach out to us!

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Out Of State Hunter Gives His Kidney to Kansas Landowner

Brad Clay

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You heard me right.  I had the privilege to meet Rob Robinson, a firefighter from Starkville, Mississippi on September 24th at a men's retreat I was speaking at.  Rob is a typical Mississippi boy.  He hates Alabama football and loves turkey hunting.  Rob began heading to Olathe, Kansas to hunt many years ago.  His sister moved there and he was able to stumble into some incredible deer hunting.  Like many of us, he saw the amount of turkeys in Kansas and decided to take up hunting Kansas turkeys as well.  Early success allowed Rob to actually take largest typical bird in Kansas history.  A score of 88 4/8 is still the record to this day.

Rob decided to head towards Northwest Kansas in search of rios.  He didn't know anyone in the area, just loaded up, drove out, and started knocking on doors.  By chance...nah, by God's appointment Rob knocked on the door of Kansas landowner Gil Alexander.  Gil allowed Rob to hunt and after a week he was able to get a bird down.  A few years later Rob headed back out and knocked on Gil's door once again.  This time Rob asked if he could pitch a tent in Gil's yard (in the past he had slept in his car).  Gil instead insisted that Rob sleep in the house, true country hospitality.  

Gil and Rob together after the surgery.

Gil and Rob together after the surgery.

Rob noticed that Gil was on dialyses.  Gil informed Rob that he was in need of a kidney transplant and his life was in jeopardy.  After the hunt Rob made the long drive back home and the Lord began to work on his heart.  Rob decided to be tested to see if he was a match for Gil, just a landowner he knew from Kansas who lived nearly 1,000 miles away.  Turns out Rob's kidney was a perfect match.  Rob informed Gil that he wanted to give him his kidney.  "It blew my doors off," said Gil, who appropriately named his new kidney Mississippi.  "I did a glory, hallelujah fit.  I stated crying and praising God and crying and praising God.  I didn't know what to think."
 

On November 26th of 2012 the transplant was performed and was a success.  Both men would say it was the best Thanksgiving they have ever had.  "I gave a gift to Gil, but I feel like I've been given a gift too," said Rob.  "It wasn't random at all.  God had a plan, it seems random, and in a sense it was, but it was meant to be."  Rob has since founded Forever Outdoors with the goal to promote organ donation.  You can follow Rob through Forever Outdoors on Facebook.

Link to Forever Outdoors Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/Forever-Outdoors-733804983319141/timeline/