In September of 2008, after over forty years of faithful service in ministry to children, Ken Sparks (The Captain) stepped away from his usual duties of recording radio programs and inviting children to sail the sea of adventure, and considered the assignment finished. That ministry, the BBN’s Captain’s Club, had been heard on weekday radio and was a fun-filled broadcast packed with stories, riddles, and a “sparkling” dialogue. However, at the age of 84, the Captain would not personally sail the Old Adventure Ship anymore, that is, make the recordings and prepare the programs, but rather he would continue the work by pre-recordings. This would allow the work to go on for many more years.
But, the sailor-at-heart did not want to just do nothing, so he decided that he would launch out into the deep in another vessel. This one, with fewer physical restraints, would carry him further into the depths of active service for the Savior while allowing him to be a blessing to many strangers with whom he would visit. So, he signed up for active duty and became a member of the special BBN team called Chat Operators.
In his new adventure, the Captain was assigned to harbor duty where he would sit in the safe harbor of home, by his computer, and be ready to reach out and rescue or assist some passer-by. And then when some hurting or needy soul would surface, seeking spiritual help from the BBN’s Chat team, he would throw out the life-line, answer their Bible questions, provide some spiritual helps, and often even introduce them to safety in the love and grace of God.
At a time in life when he could have taken it easy and done little, the Captain chose to carry on with his assigned duty of telling others the “good news." He became a dedicated chat worker and, over the five years that he pulled duty with the Chat team, he took hundreds of chats and personally guided many precious souls through the waters of the Word to faith in Jesus Christ.
Finally on June 11, 2013, God called him home to glory and when he stepped on that eternal shore, he must have heard the Master say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant." No doubt, parents and children who had sailed with him down here, but had gone on ahead, welcomed him home. Ken Sparks (The Captain) remained steadfast in active duty and faithfully carried out his assignment to the end.
Thank you, Captain!