Salvation Army Encounter Leads to a Lifelong Impact

Bishop Otis Clark has enough energy to make me envious, and the man is 107! The centenarian was pictured in Time magazine recently for his incredible feat of reaching 100 and surpassing the national average life expectancy by more than 30 years. Even with all these years under his belt, Bishop Clark continues to preach every Sunday.

What’s almost as incredible as his enduring age is how he first started on his path of nearly 88 years of service within the church. In 1922, Clark was in jail in Los Angeles for bootlegging during Prohibition. There, he was converted by The Salvation Army at the age of 19 and he has continued in his faith ever since!

What an enduring impact! Tacoma Washington’s News Tribune featured an article about Bishop Clark that highlights what an incredible time span that is.  Here are a few snippets:

“ [Bishop Clark’s] passport, which he’s used for world travels later in life, says he was born Feb. 13, 1903, in Oklahoma, four years before it became a state. Theodore Roosevelt was president.”

Clark is a living history lesson. He survived segregation, the Tulsa race riot in 1921 and the Great Depression.”

“He said he was once a butler for Joan Crawford and lived in her house, where he got to know Clark Gable and Charlie Chaplin.”

If you were to live to be 100 or older, what would you like to accomplish, or what do you hope people would say about your life?

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