34 – Feb. 03 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


The Eternal Optimist
Glen H Schunk was born in Scales Mound, Illinois, on February 3, 1918 into a German-Irish Catholic family.
Glen met an honor student from his local school in Freeport, Illinois, on a blind date, Irma Hartwig. After two years of courtship, they married August 29, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa.  Irma was converted at the age of thirteen. When Glen enthusiastically came to his new-found faith, his personal witness led some family members to the Lord.
America’s involvement in World War II  saw Glen being drafted into the army.  Being on the front lines,  often in foxholes, with bullets flying overhead, he would take out his New Testament for consolation.  During  those experiences Glen won many fellow soldiers to Christ.  Glen was wounded in action and sent to a military hospital in Naples, Italy and placed in a ward with 1,000 men.  There the Lord moved in Glen’s heart as he saw the spiritual need of the men, and concluded that God wanted him to preach.  As a result of his converts there, over 400 men were in attendance at the Bible study classes.  Many of those men went into the ministry.  Glen and Irma Shunk traveled together for twenty-two years, and in nearly 900 revival meetings, it is estimated that they witnessed the salvation of over 60,000 people.  On June 6, 1978 the Lord called his servant home.  An amazing number of preachers attended his funeral in South Bend, Indiana, with the auditorium filled with those who wished to pay respects to a man who had faithfully proclaimed the Gospel of Christ.
Dr. Dale R. Hart, adapted from:  This Day in Baptist History  III (David L. Cummins), pp. 69-70

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