I think Chuck Hester has been to more 30-30 Ministries’ camps than I have. Those kinds of statistics don’t mean anything to Chuck, but it does reveal to me his heart and passion. If anyone has a genuine love for serving Christ through 30-30 Ministries and using it as a platform to establish relationships with kids and their parents, it’s Chuck.
When I heard that Chuck was going to receive the Guardian Angel Hero award from the American Red Cross Central Georgia Chapter (ARCCG), I wasn’t at all surprised. I was glad that in some small way Chuck could be recognized for his character.
Some of you are reading this and remembering Chuck from your time in a 30-30 camp. Maybe you have been a participant in his “Jelly Bean Game” or schemed to hide his now-famous red chair that has been placed in some very strange places over the years: at the top of a flag pole, in an outhouse, in the middle of the Chattahoochee River, the list goes on.
In addition to 30-30, Chuck carries his passion for kids into the work place, too. He’s an electrician for Georgia Power and visits schools in Baldwin and Putnam counties to mentor students. His message in schools is about making real-world choices, and he shares the consequences that come with bad choices.
Of course Chuck’s message through 30-30 is about making the right choice in surrendering to Christ.
Chuck received his award at the American Red Cross Central Georgia Chapter annual Hometown Heros Breakfast in Macon. The award is meant to honor those who have had an impact on their community. Chuck received the Guardian Angel award for making a lasting change in the life of children by being a mentor and a guide.
Chuck was interviewed on camera and in several publications and was able to use those platforms to share his passion of serving Christ through 30-30 hunting and fishing camps.
“We want to make an eternal difference in their lives,” said Chuck. “We are establishing lifetime friendships with these kids through our ministry. We love what we do, and we know they love it, too.”
Chuck was nominated for the award by his co-worker, Regina Linch, who says no one deserves the award more.
“I nominated him based on the ministries he’s involved in that deal with his desire to help young people,” said Regina. “I’ve worked with him on a professional level, but we’ve also visited schools together to talk with students, so I’ve witnessed his dedication first hand.”
When I met Chuck at the very first 30-30 camp in August 2011, I had no clue who he was. A friend of mine invited him to that camp and said Chuck thought 30-30 may be a way for him to serve Christ. I'm so glad Chuck answered that call to serve. I'm sure those of you who have met Chuck will agree that 30-30 is a stronger ministry because of Chuck’s presence.