Sunday, August 12, 2007

Former KATV Razorback Central Reporter on the Mission Trail

Some have been wonderin' what former KATV Razorback Central reporter Rusty Jackson has been up to since his departure from Channel 7. Seems Jackson hit the Mission trail. From his blog bio, here's how Jackson sums up the decision to get into mission work:

Back in the day I was a sports anchor for the largest TV station in the state of Arkansas. I was in television for five years. I loved it, however in January God started moving in my life. I realized being on TV wasn't doing it for me, and it would never bring me true happiness. I wanted more, and I knew that "more" was God. I Googled missions, found Adventures in Missions and from there I found the World Race. (Basically its a year long mission trip in which young people go to 11 different countries spreading the Word of God) I thought, wow!, look at these folks acting as the hands and feet of Jesus. I was blown away by their passion, their faith and their love for Christ. So, I started reading their blogs and that's where I got myself in trouble. I ran across one in particular where the author asked the question, "are you praying scary prayers like God take my life?" Heck no I wasn't, but I soon found myself asking God to take over my life. A month later I was fired from my job! Ha, be careful what you pray for! That was back in April, since then I've been to Peru and Swaziland working with the World Racers and getting to know them. I tell ya, what a body of Christ! I truly love these guys and gals. So thanks to Seth Barnes and the World Race leadership I've been adopted as a part of the team. I'll be hooking up with them in Thailand come August 1st!

23 Comments:

At 8:32 PM, August 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you Rusty. I am happy to hear you have found something you truly enjoy.

 
At 9:45 PM, August 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV was never the largest TV station in the state of Arkansas.

 
At 9:53 PM, August 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God, keep spreading word word! God definitely moves in mysterious ways, and has a humbling way to get our attention!

 
At 10:52 PM, August 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rusty is very passionate about his mission. It's always nice to see people devote their lives to faith, while helping others in countries where they can't take advantage of opportunities we all take for granted.

I was sorry to sad him leave the business, but I'm also happy to see him do something that's truly in his heart.

 
At 10:06 AM, August 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are doves at KATV that would be good at "missionary" work.

 
At 11:19 AM, August 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go Rusty. I'm proud of the work you are doing.

 
At 3:25 PM, August 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rusty...come back to the dark side. I still miss your parties that you threw back in college! I was sad the day I heard you got on the wagon, but wow mission work! Keep up the good work and God bless you!

 
At 3:33 PM, August 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Win Nobel is an athiest. No lie. Just ask him.

 
At 4:24 PM, August 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a wonderful thing. rusty, i am proud of you.

 
At 4:42 PM, August 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This will help Rusty find out who he really is and that it's OK!

 
At 9:07 PM, August 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone else find it just a little ironic that Randy fired Rusty for making some innocuous on-air comments, and now he's putting Tommy Smith on the Daybreak show?

All my best to you, Rusty.

 
At 9:09 PM, August 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What exactly did Rusty say to get him fired?

 
At 12:01 AM, August 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is everyone praising this religious zealot who is blowing off a decent career for some silly mission? How's he going to earn money?

And it isn't the 1500s anymore when Spaniards and such roamed the globe spreading Christianity. That phenomenon died out long ago.

 
At 6:27 AM, August 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What exactly did Rusty say to get him fired?

Probably started taking up collections in the newsroom.

 
At 7:43 AM, August 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad you are spreading the word and love for God. What an awesome responsibility.

I wish more people who read and posted on this blog would live the right life.

Good luck Rusty and God Bless you!!

 
At 12:46 PM, August 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Why is everyone praising this religious zealot who is blowing off a decent career for some silly mission? How's he going to earn money?

And it isn't the 1500s anymore when Spaniards and such roamed the globe spreading Christianity. That phenomenon died out long ago."


First of all, sounds a little like you have self image issues...money isn't everything. Secondly, GOD provides. Remember, in the countries where Rusty has been, is currently and will be, the U.S. dollar doesn't do much good, but helping someone with their lives is a much better way of having your next meal or other needs provided.

The use of "phenomenon" to describe a mission may be sadly accurate. However, instead of criticizing his work, you could simply pray that he succedes. If more people succede at their mission, then a "phenomenon" could be turned into a phenomenal re-currence.

 
At 1:06 PM, August 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said to the above poster....It takes courage to do something that society as a whole doesn't support. To leave a career you know you can do, Rusty, I admire your courage, and it seems the Lord's grooming you with this mission work.

 
At 12:54 AM, August 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I shouldn't have expressed criticism in the Bible Belt. I should have known other religious zealot rednecks would come to this poor guy's defense. And my money comment has nothing to do with my self image, but everything to do with the idea of being a responsible adult who strives to make their own living by holding a job, not mooching off of others through mission work.

And if you guys don't think the good old American dollar doesn't matter in third world countries think again. Some people prefer our currency instead of their own local currency because the U.S. will never go bankrupt. American currency holds its value and it talks, even overseas. Boo on mission work. It's a bad career move.

I suppose, when he runs out of money, he's going to tell his next potential employer that he went on those missions to find himself too.

What really irritates me about this is that everyone on here is making this mission idea sound like a walk in the park, and birds will sing and Julie Andrews will show up and start belting out The Sound of Music! It's all good and nobody will acknowledge the possibility that maybe this mission move isn't the best idea. You guys are making positive comments for the sake of saying something positive. That's not a reason to be positive.

 
At 7:32 AM, August 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 12:54, calm your quills little porcupine. First of all your comments indicate you don't care anything about Rusty as person, or anyone in the South for that matter. The "Self Image" remark I made was due to the fact that the subject of money is the first point of your argument. The fact that you don't know or understand how he will earn money would seem to indicate that you have a personal concern over how you will make your next dollar.

I doubt any one of the people who have commented believe that Mary Poppins, Snow White and her dwarves or any other Disney characters will be there to pick him up, sing him a little ditty and send him on his way. That's the reason for the mission; you learn about yourself while facing things much more difficult than standing in front of a camera commenting on the Razorbacks.

As for the American dollar...won't do much good out in the middle of nowhere. If you can't get to a place to spend it, well, it becomes worthless. So, my comment about the greenback holds. And apparently the native peoples that he is working with, and for, do not consider it mooching. If they did, I don't think a group of Christians would be allowed there.

As for the Bible Belt and "religious zealot rednecks," you again, spouted off without considering who the poster is. For your information, I'm not a religious zealot. I'm someone who has been frowned upon by the church for many years. But, just because the church turns it's back doesn't mean GOD did. Again, he provides...in all aspects of our lives.

As far as rednecks are concerned, maybe you should hang with a couple of them sometime. You might find that we are not as stupid as you think. A degree does not automatically equal intelligence or wisdom.

Who knows where Rusty may interview or be employed next. This mission may open doors for him that would never have been opened while reporting "Breaking Sports News." And, it could lead to more money than he has ever earned in his life.

All it takes, is faith and Rusty is putting it to work.

Oh, and your remark "You guys are making positive comments for the sake of saying something positive."...I'll take that as a compliment. We in the South were also raised to know "If you can't say something nice; say nothing at all."

 
At 6:27 PM, August 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise Rusty and pass the ammunition!

 
At 9:42 PM, August 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luke 21:17
John 15:18-21

 
At 9:05 PM, August 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will Houston leave?

 
At 2:19 AM, August 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, wow, fantastic. Great another TV person has decided to share his great love of Christianity with the world. I think poster talking about rednecks was really talking about what some of the non-converted in the 3rd world like to describe as cultural imperialism. Blow if off if you like, but in the South, those kind of people were once upon a time referred to as "carpetbaggers" and still are today. I have no problem with Rusty's choice of faith, or decision to go on mission, and sure won't go so far as to call anyone a "redneck" or a religious zealot (even if they are) but sometimes it goes to far, and people wear it on their public sleeves as a badge of belonging, hoping for those wonderful public compliments.

So what? He got fired, he went on a mission. Big deal. If he's happy, good for him. Does it mean anything? Maybe to you personally if you share his view of theology, but a lot of people couldn't give a crap less. Bore us some more.

 

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