Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
Professional bass fishing
October 14, 1987 is a date I (Terry Chupp on-line
in Team Jesus Ministries, Winter 2002-2003) shall never forget. At LaGrange, Georgia, at a
BASSMaster tournament, at the Fellowship Of Christian Anglers Society (FOCAS) meeting, Jesus called
me to serve Him as an evangelist. My purpose was to share Him with the tournament pros and
anyone else I could.
In 1990 at Lake Havasu, Arizona, I was paired with
a young angler whose skills and abilities were such that all I could say was
Over the next three years I was able to cultivate
a friendship with him. He and his wife started coming to the FOCAS meetings. In February
1993, Jay Yelas [NOTE] and his wife Jill gave their hearts to the Lord Jesus. On may 23, 1993, I was
blessed to baptize both of them at the Six Mile Baptist Church at Hemphill,
Since then Jay has been with me to share who Jesus
is to him at more than 30 places. Most recently, he was the celebrity host at our Team Jesus
Tournament in Gadsden, Alabama.
Two weeks prior to the event, Jay won the Angler
of the Year title with the F. L.W. organization and was not only requested, but expected to
compete for the gold medal in The Great American Games. He declined because of his commitment
to Team Jesus.
After our event in Gadsden, I told Jay that our
Lord was going to bless him. “Because of your faithfulness to Jesus and your keeping your
commitment to me and Team Jesus, you are going to win the BASSMasters
Two weeks later at the Classic (2002, HERE), I was seeking
sponsors for our tournament trailer. I told scores of people on Thursday and Friday that Jay
was going to win the Classic (World Championship) worth $1,000,000. I returned home on Friday
evening and on Saturday, July 27, 2002 Gloria and I were part of a live TV audience of more
than ten million watching as Jay won the event. When he was interviewed, the first words that
came from his lips were: “I just want to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for putting
me in position to win.” Now you talk about proud parents, (He’s my son in the Lord) Gloria
and I were literally weeping tears of joy.
know how much your sharing Jesus with someone can mean and what someone that you lead to Christ may
Update: born about 1966, Jay caught his first fish at age 2 and
yearned to be a professional angler all of his life. He has written an autobiography and recounts
personal struggles prior to giving his life to Jesus. In 2003, he is the reigning Bass Masters
Classic champion, angle of the year on the B. A. S. S. Pro Tour, and angle of the year on the FLW
Tour. This is a triple win never before accomplished in pro fishing!
***give me your comments about this
(posted 22 June 2003)
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
accept you just as you are right this second! Consider accepting Jesus now