Wow, in one way, it seems like 40 years has been an eternity, and in another, it seems like it has not been that long ago! My Dad and I were talking about that on the phone this evening. …He was driving by the house we lived in Magnolia on June 7, 1974, the night he lost his baby son, Jerry Mack, not quite 15 years old. I lost a brother who at that age was praying and studying an hour every day when we came in from school while I went out and played ball!
Jerry was so dedicated to The Lord, played the piano and guitar in church and “danced in the Spirit” at a church that did not see that a lot! Early one morning just a few months before the car accident he told Dad he wanted to quit school and go to Bible College!
I dedicate these “40” years of The Lord sparing my life and subsequent ministry to my brother, Jerry Mack Becton! A year after the accident I graduated from High School and prepared going to Bible School at “Wide World Ministries” college in Ft. Worth, Tx.
My brother Gary was preaching for John David Williams in Tulsa at the time of the accident, whose brother in law was Pastor Mark Hanby! Dr. Hanby prayed for us in our car accident and accepted me into the school in 1975! He told me years later The Lord spoke to him and said, “I am sparing Jim, not for just his life’s sake, but His DESTINY’S sake!
Dr. Mark Hanby is my father in ministry…I pray that I have had some small part in affecting and touching people’s life in these last 40 years as my brother would have. Thanks be to God for HIS AMAZING GRACE!!! — with John M Becton.