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BOB LENZ – From the Heart
Over 30 years of speaking. Schools. Rallies. Conferences. Festivals. Thirty years is a long time for someone who never wanted to be in full time ministry. As a high school graduate, my career goal was to work for the Village of Little Chute, WI and drive the big dump trucks. But when I graduated high school I was told a position wouldn’t be available for another year.
I determined that while I waited for that job to open up, I would turn my efforts towards sharing the incredible love I had found in Jesus. So I enrolled in Bible school.
When I returned from Bible school the position still hadn’t opened up, so I volunteered to sell pizzas door to door to help fund Life Line, a 24-hour Christian suicide hotline. While going door to door I was able to lead four families to Christ. That was in 1982.
During this time I was also asked to fill in for my brother, Bill, as a speaker at a Lutheran conference in Stevens Point. A young freshman girl who heard me that day asked me to come and speak at her high school. It was really scary for a guy who had to go to Special Ed classes for a speech impediment in the first grade, and was told by a high school teacher to never go into public speaking.
I spoke in her public school and it was the beginning of a life-long love of speaking to students about the importance of seeing the value in every person, making the loving choice, and making a difference in their world.
So here I am 30 years later… a full time speaker. To be honest, I still want to drive a dump truck, but I know my true calling was and is to speak. It’s a fire in my bones that can’t be put out.
We were in front of one million people in the first 20 years. During the next 4 years we were in front of another million. Now we reach half a million people each year.
My greatest joy is still when a student comes up to me after a talk, having been beaten down by the struggles of life and convinced they can’t go on, to tell me they finally found the hope they’ve been searching for.
So I’ll keep traveling. I’ll keep speaking. I’ll keep pressing on. Because when just one person is found by Jesus and they fall in love with Him, it’s worth it all.