Because of fact Final Descent Outdoors is in 40 million homes across the US we get lots of emails about speaking at wild game dinners and other men's events. This is a huge part of our ministry and a huge part of our livelihood. You see, lots of people think that because you are on tv you must be rich...not true. Matter of a fact we have to pay the network to air our show and it ain't cheap, like six figures ain't cheap. God has been faithful to continue to provide ways for us to air our program despite the cost. As you can imagine, lots of companies that we would consider to partner with as a sponsor are a little leery of a Gospel preaching tv show. So speaking engagements at churches help us fund our cause.
I spoke in Washington, Iowa at Faith Baptist Church's Wildgame Dinner. The men in the small town really showed out despite the driving snow that night. The room was packed as I took the stage. It was just one of those nights where the Holy Spirit moved and we had 36 men accept Christ that night. Afterwards a man (who looked just like Willie Nelson by the way) walked down the aisle. Tears running down both cheeks. He said "Excuse me young man, I just wanted to tell you that I gave my life to Jesus tonight." I responded "Praise Jesus Brother!" He answered "But you see, I'm not suppose to be here, matter of fact I live about 50 miles away and because my wife is sick I've been trying to make some extra money so I have been hauled fire wood. As I was driving through town in the snow my truck broke down....right outside that window (as he turns and points and the large stain glass window in the church). I came inside and walked up to the first man I saw and said I needed a mechanic. He said "Well, we only have one mechanic that I know of and you are talking to him." He told me to go and make a plate and then head into the sanctuary and we would have a service and then giveaway some prizes and he would go and look at my church. I did what he said and God spoke to me tonight and I surrendered my life to Him!"
My response was this, "Brother, it was no accident that you are here tonight. This was a divine appointment. God has been chasing you, pursuing you because He loves you. He finally caught up with you tonight."
None of this would have happened if we didn't pursue the calling to do Final Descent Outdoors. Rick and Jim and the guys at Faith Washington would have never seen our show. Never emailed me to come and speak, and I would still to this day have never stepped foot in Washington, Iowa. I'm so glad I did and I'm so thankful for God's plan through broken down pick up trucks.
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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.