Duck Hunting Adventure

A Duck Hunting Adventure                      

  Thanksgiving Day Nov. 26, 1959 

My name is Charles Martindale age 77, nick named “Disco Duck”.  

I have a very unique God given talent. I can play over 500 songs on a duck call and some on a mouth diaphragm Elk call. More information can be found on my website:   

On that Thanksgiving day in 1959, a friend of mine Bill Bruister and    

I talked our parents into letting the two of us (both in high school),

go duck hunting by ourselves. I told my dad that we would go 

duck hunting down at Snow Brake located about 10 miles from our 

Mississippi Delta home.  

On the way down to Snow Brake, Bill and I decided that we would go duck hunting at Swan Lake instead of Snow Brake. There were no such things as car phones or Cell phones back in the late 1950’S, so, our folks did not know that we were headed to Swan Lake, instead of Snow Brake.

When we got there, we got into a small 12 ft. aluminum boat and went out into the lake to go duck hunting.  As soon as we 

got hid, I started blowing my duck call and the ducks started to  coming in. We killed several ducks, and another was crippled.

The boat we were in had a leak. We had been bailing water out of the boat, but we were so engrossed in hunting ducks that we stopped bailing the water out of our boat, and the boat began to sink. We started to paddling as fast as we could toward the bank, 

but when we got about 12 ft. from the bank, the boat sank. When I  attempted to stand up with my hip boots full of water, the water came up to my bottom lip. Being in contact with the bottom, I was able to gradually walk out and reach the shore. 

I know for certain that God had a plan for my life, because I am not a good swimmer, and with hip boots full of water, could not have swam out even if I had been a world class swimmer. Our reaching the shore safely was a God thing. 

After reaching the bank and trying to get the water out of our boots, we walked to the car. It was very cold on that Thanksgiving

day, so we decided to take a short cut to the highway by driving down the road across a field, which was the shortest route to highway 49.

We got about halfway to the highway, and got stuck in a big mud hole.  

We had no alternative, but to walk out to the highway. We then decided

to walk down the edge of highway 49 to Glendora, a small town several miles away. After reaching the highway, we removed our water soaked boots, and as we started to walk down the edge of the highway we quickly discovered that the highway right away had been burned off and was totally black. Of course our feet then got as black as tar. We tried to flag down some cars for help, but when they saw us, they seemed to speed up. We later learned that two convicts had escaped from Parchman Penitentiary. It was no wonder that they increased their speed, when they saw us. 

After what seemed like an eternity, we finally reached the highway

leading into the small town of Glendora. We knocked on the door

of the first house that we reached which was located on the right hand side of the road.  The house belonged to the Flautts.

Mrs. Flautt came to the door, and graciously allowed us to explain

to her what had happened. After introducing Bill and myself, we

found out that she knew my dad, because he had worked for

Mississippi Power and Light company for a number of years and came

to their home each month to read their light meter. She invited us in, dirty feet and all and attempted to reach my dad in Tutwiler by phone. 

Mom answered the phone, and Mrs. Flautt explained what had happened. There was another problem. Mom told her that they had gone to Snow Brake looking for us. Our hearts sunk, and we knew that we were in trouble. After finding no sign that we had

been to Snow Brake, they returned to Tutwiler, and mom told them what had happened. While we were waiting for them to get down to Glendora, Mrs. Flautt told me to come into the kitchen. She then told me to climb up onto her kitchen counter, and wash my dirty black feet. I was in no shape to argue, so I did as I was told. Finally my dad and Bill’s dad arrived. They were not “happy campers”; we assumed that we were in a heap of trouble. What happened after that is just a blur.

The bottom line is: God had a purpose and a plan for my life, and that was one Thanksgiving day that I will never forget.

I grew up in Tutwiler, Mississippi, and attended First Baptist Church, Tutwiler, Mississippi.  It was while I was still a teenager, that I felt

that God was calling me into the Music Ministry. I later graduated 

from Delta State College in Cleveland, Mississippi, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He then called me into the Music Ministry, and I later served as a Minister of Music, as a Minister of Religious Education, as a Minister of Youth, asa  Minister of Senior Adults, as a Minister of Median Adults, and am now serving once

again as a Minister of Music.

Over the course of my Ministry, God has used me to lead over 500

people to the Lord, some through, Youth Ministry, some through

Music Ministry, some through Recreation Ministry, and some

through Senior Adult Ministry. Over 100 of them were personal encounters, either in homes, in gyms, at Day Camps, on backpacking trips, on the street, and many other avenues.

Once again, the bottom line is, God has a plan and a purpose for every single life. That plan for us is for us to Trust in Jesus Christ and spend eternity with Him in Heaven.

The saddest thing in the world to know is that millions of people are rejecting that plan and have decided to follow Satan straight to Hell. God has spared me for the very purpose to tell those that I encounter how to spend eternity in Heaven. If you

have already made that decision, my prayer for you is that you will share this story with others. Here is God’s Plan, but  before I get into the plan, here is what Jesus said in John 14:6:

“Jesus told him, “I am THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE, no one can get to the Father, but by means of me.”

What follows now is not just my opinion, it is what God said in

the Bible (Living Bible). 

Romans 3:23-“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Romans 6:23-“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is  eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 5:8-“But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”

Romans 2:4-“Don’t you realize how patient He is being with you? or don’t

you care? Can’t you see that He has been waiting all this time without

punishing you, to give you time to turn from your sin? His kindness is meant to lead you to repentance.”

Romans 10:9- “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord

Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from

the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

Romans 10:13- “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Would you like to call upon His name to save you, right now?

Here is a suggested prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus: 

I realize that I am a sinner, and ask you to forgive me of my sins, and with your help I now turn from Sin. Please come into my heart right now, and save my soul. Thank you, Dear Jesus for saving me. 

What to do next:  1). Make your decision known publicly. 2). Follow Christ in Baptism. 3). Read God’s word daily. 4). Attend Church and Bible Study regularly, and 4). Share this story with others.

May God bless you in the days ahead.

                                                             Charles Martindale, the Disco Duck

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