“Chance” Encounter?

Yesterday I had an appointment to be seen by a traveling nurse who would take blood, height, weight, blood pressure, urine etc for a new life insurance policy.

She met me at Midland Ministries, we chatted briefly and she began her work.

As she was sticking the needle in she asked, “Are you the same Jack Hager who spoke about prison and choices in Polo, Missouri years ago?”


Turns out she was an employee at the high school and came to the assembly (for several years basically all I did was travel and do school assemblies and follow-up evangelistic events throughout the country)…near as we can figure it was 1981!

The nurse said she came to the follow up meeting at First Baptist, Polo and remembers being amazed at how many teens had shown up; and how many responded to the challenge to trust in Jesus.


I don’t remember that evening meeting.

But I do remember Polo.

Because after school a student asked if she could interview me for the school paper. Of course I said “yes.” During the interview I asked her to come to the evening meeting to get “the rest of the story.”

She came…and after I shared the gospel God drew her to Himself.

And Fran later married a pastor and continues to serve the Lord with her husband and family.

Oh..and I still have a copy of the paper that included her interview somewhere in my files.

I don’t particularly enjoy getting poked for blood.

Yesterday was an exception!

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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