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!
He was born in Charleston, S. C. (Daniel Island) 9
June of 1912. I don't have early information but do know that he learned to be a blacksmith.
I don't know when he became a Jesus follower or how.
We met Mr. Simmons as part of a "Gullah Tour" in
Charleston on 4/7/05 (tours still as of summer 2017) as a peripheral activity during a week of pathology continuing education
through MUSC. I had heard of Mr. Simmons high art & expertise at working with wrought
iron. His work is all over the world and includes a piece in the Smithsonian. His gates have
fetched upwards of $20,000. The tour guide took us by his home and shop in the former
gangland ghetto area of eastern peninsula Charleston above Calhoun Street. It was a
very small old house with an out-back 20 by 20 foot old garage-like work shed made from
corrugated metal sheets on a cement slab. His tools were shockingly primitive. Yet he has
been declared a national art treasure. Our group went into his small sitting room and met a
very warm 92 year old, little old black man who reminded me of my great uncle, Murr Hall,
when he was that ancient. It was raining; and we went from his sitting room to the outside
work garage where the next generation was taking a break. Then we went back through rain to
the tour bus. After everyone was on board, the bus door opened again; and Mr. Simmons
appeared. Among a couple of comments, he mentioned that he always started each day with
As we drove off, our guide noted that Mrs. Simmons
died when she was 24 and that Mr. Simmons never remarried. He told of the many people who had
asked whether Mr. Simmons was wealthy or rich from his sought-after work. The answer? Mr.
Philip Simmons is said to always answer that anyone who has Jesus is rich...plus he has always had
food to eat and a roof over his head. The guide said that Mr. Simmons has used money for
education of all children and grandchildren and many neighborhood youth who were
deserving but had no money. Mr. Simmons is said to have said, "I keep giving all this money
away and even more comes back in!"
***give me your comments about this
(posted 7 April 2005; latest update 15 May 2017)
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