A BLUEPRINT FOR LIVING
How about a life of adventure with the Lord? Interested? Here are stories of a child of God that chose to follow God´s direction using the “why not?” response to the challenges that came his way. Just as the Lord gave Moses the assignment to lead the Israelites, David the challenge to slay Goliath, and Paul the mission to go to the Gentiles, we are all given challenges and opportunities. Here is an example of a man who chose to say ‘why not?’ enabling him to do remarkable things. These adventure stories are proof we can get great things done by thinking outside the box and changing the world in the process. Read his stories and learn how you too can have adventures with God and produce for his Kingdom. Accept the challenge, why not? Postage is $4.00 for each book.
Without this book, you and I would be missing a great chapter in the saga of modern service to the Lord. We are indebted to Donna Thomas for retelling the story of this man of God and his trailblazing work around the world. These stories give a fresh vision for helping people reach out for what the Lord has for them and become personally engaged in reaching their world for him.
Dr. John D. Fozard, President
Mid-America Christian University
In life, I have found that you never know who is watching you, who looks to you as a model and mentor. I’m sure that Chuck Thomas never knew that I, as a Wichita teenager, was watching with amazement and wonder. He clearly was a man far ahead of his time. Audacious, visionary, and almost appearing to be impulsive, he made a huge impact on many young people like me. His life and legacy are proof that you get great things done for the kingdom by taking chances, living and thinking outside the box, and thereby changing the world in the process. I’m so glad that Donna has chronicled this life of faith and adventure so that Chuck Thomas will continue to inspire and challenge those whose lives are touched by his story.
Dr. Jay A. Barber, Jr., President Emeritus
Warner Pacific College
Those who wonder if ministry is an adventure need to know about Chuck Thomas. He was a man of remarkable talent, vision, courage, and creativity whose selfless dedication made a profound difference for the cause of Christ in his fascinating years of ministry that spanned the globe. His ministry reached untold millions. He took many on his journeys of service, and they also would never be the same. Donna Thomas, Chuck’s life partner, gives to us a true story worth reading and casts light on a life worth emulating. This is an encouraging witness to God’s faithfulness through a life richly lived that has made an enormous difference for the sake of the kingdom.
Dr. James L. Edwards, President
Throughout the decades, God at times calls individuals to be innovative and think outside the box. In Charles Thomas I see an individual called and committed to the Lord first and foremost. Reading his adventures with the Lord can inspire us as we glean the positive attributes of his life lived for Christ.
Ron Duncan, General Director
Church of God Ministries
Chuck Thomas was a man of great vision. His life story is compelling. Long before eyewitness mission tours became an integral part of congregational mission, Chuck Thomas was leading the way. A faithful churchman, loyal soldier, committed minister, and loving husband and father, Chuck allowed his passion for others to fuel everything he did. Many people around the world are indebted to Chuck because of his untiring efforts to get people outside the walls of the church to discover what God is doing in the world. It was my privilege to know and follow the ministry of Chuck and Donna. They have truly been the Aquila and Priscilla of our generation
David Sebastian, Dean, School of Theology
Here is a book that can be enjoyed on so many levels by so many readers. It’s an adventure story, unfolding in far corners of the world; a biography, tracing the life and works of a visionary leader; and a romance, illustrating a couple’s commitment to each other and to the global ministry they built. Best of all, this is a guidebook that teaches what a missional lifestyle looks like and how each of us has the capacity to live it.
Holly Miller, author, editor, professional-in-residence
Chuck Thomas was a giant … his influence for Christ looms … from Indiana to India … North, South, East, and West … from people movements to moving people … and now we can once again benefit from his life. His faithful wife and partner-with-equal-zest, Donna Thomas, brings before us a vivid portrait of a person who believed he belonged to God and lived that way. As you read, may you be challenged and encouraged to do the same!
Dr. Steve Rennick, Senior Pastor
Church at the Crossing, Indianapolis, IN
Though I never met Chuck Thomas in person, I feel after reading his story that I know him and am awed by the influence he had on so many people. Chuck’s story should be a tremendous inspiration and a challenge to everyone who reads it to look for another door when one closes. Chuck’s life was an amazing testament to a person’s ability to listen to God and do amazing works. When we look at all the mission trips taking place around the world today, knowing that they started with a small seed that Chuck planted, I cannot help but be inspired and challenged to listen more closely to God and ask what he would have me do to spread His Word. Donna, thank you for sharing Chuck with the world.
Robert W. Lazard, CPA
Conversations with Chuck always included the “why not factor.” Chuck had a way of shining a spotlight on opportunity. Frequently he would turn the conversation toward a subtle question: “What significant event has happened in your ministry?” He would listen intently and follow up with: “That’s terrific … now toss your leaders a bigger challenge!” Read Donna Thomas’ unique narrative of the life of Charles Thomas not so much for the joy of memories but for the challenges you’ll discover, as I did, between the lines.
D. Dewayne Repass, Chief Development Officer
Church of God Ministries
Chuck Thomas lived a life of total commitment to Christ and the Great Commission. With radical obedience he exemplified the missional church at its best. Your faith will be inspired as you read the real life account of one who took God´s call personally and responded obediently by going into all the world.
Arlo F. Newell, Editor in Chief, Retired