94-year-old James Evans understands what it means to live life and enjoy it.
” The greatest joy I have found is surprising people with extravagant giving; giving them more than they were expecting,” he says.
Evans is an author of three books —- from memoirs to lessons learned.
He says in Ohio he actually went into the ministry.
Eventually earning a degree in theology.
Today he pastors once a month and works with epiphany and Kiros prison ministries helping those in difficult times.
“I had a wife who supported my ministry, and she made it possible for who I am today,” Evans explains.
Evans also studied horticulture and botany; it’s a passion he’s deeply rooted in.
He says he even worked in construction.
Evans says he retired in Ruston where he left seeds — well planted.
“For 23 years we had an orchard in Ruston,” he says.
Just when there seems to be no more a man can do — leave it to Evans to prove that wrong.
He says in world war two he was a paratrooper scout leader and a machine gun squad leader.
” I jumped out a plane 14 times,” Evans recalls.
He says while in the military he served in Germany as an honor guard for the army general Dwight D. Eisenhower.
” Responsibility was to honor any special dignitary who showed up,” says Evans.
He says when it’s all said and done — he found that volunteering is where true fulfillment can be found.
Oh, there’s one more thing…he’s also a court-appointed special advocate for CASA
” The reward is in giving not receiving. When you give yourself to people life is much better,” Evans says.
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