The plane circled high above the Siberian tundra, unable to land because a blizzard was rendering the runway invisible. Fuel was running out. Even if an emergency landing in the mountains were successful, the pilot said, everyone aboard likely would freeze before rescuers could reach them.
Jim Hulse, a builder of radio towers, hurriedly penned tear-stained letters to his wife and children, expecting his life to be over in a matter of minutes and hoping these last words to his family would be recovered from the wreckage. He asked his business partner, Bob Meier, if he was still praying. Meier replied that he’d never stopped. Suddenly, the pilot announced that he had caught sight of a runway.
“We were so happy,” Hulse recalls, “I asked the Lord to bring an angel to give us a little push since the fuel was almost gone. We landed but it was on a military airbase and were surrounded by Russian soldiers.”
Despite the glacial winter and ongoing intimidation by men identified as KGB agents, Hulse and Meier completed their work in Magadan. Although Hulse’s reminiscence sounds more like a thriller novel than a missionary report, it’s practically just another day at the office for him and his ministry, Towers for Jesus.
Hulse was born in Indiana and had a successful career as an entrepreneur building communications towers until the Lord turned his life upside down in the early 1990s. He recalls seeing a picture of people from around the world and God impressing upon him, “Jim, I am going to use you on the mission field. All these people need to hear about Jesus.”
Jim partnered with Bob Meier and since then Hulse and Meier have worked on 339 Christian broadcasting towers, many in remote locations. Most recently they travelled with their families to the Caribbean island of Bonaire to assist with the major upgrade of TWR’s AM transmitter signal, the so-called ‘Power Up’ project.
“I am a servant of the Lord,” said Hulse, now well into his seventies. “I will keep working for him. There is one word that answers it all, and that is ‘faith.’ We have had faith that somehow the Lord would take care of us, and he always has.”
We ask you to join us in praying for the Jim Hulse and Bob Meier, and their families, as they continue to give their skills and time to the vision of spreading the Gospel via radio, and as they faithfully continue to follow the Lord wherever He calls them.