Profiles LPC/HCOG: Gene and Margaret Hadsel

This installment will once again focus on a couple of people that most of the current LPC membership do not know. Gene and Margaret were an older couple from Georgia who coincidentally were parents of a classmate of my father JT Johnson. Gene and Margaret were missionaries to South America and frequented Homestead Church of God when they were in the US. They stayed in a little one room home behind the church and worked in the church while they were in town. They were some of the strongest examples of dedication and volunteerism, and were committed to seeing the lost saved.

Gene was a really nice fella. He was always “Johnny on the spot” when something broke at the church. He worked on toilets, appliances, replaced lightbulbs, and did electrical work. This was very important considering the church budget and the state of the large mortgage on the relatively new sanctuary (built in 78). Gene ALWAYS had a grin on his face. He always had a kind word to say and a very pleasant demeanor. I remember his hard physical work at the church. In particular, he would set up shaky scaffolding in the sanctuary so he could climb up to the mercury vapor chandeliers about 30 feet in the air. I would get a little nervous seeing him up at the top with nothing to hold on to while it wobbled around. It was quite a feet for someone who could see, but Gene was legally blind! He said that was part of why he wasn’t afraid of the heights.

Margaret worked with the children’s church and had a heart to tell the little ones about Jesus. While many of her methods are now outdated (flannelgraphs, some of the puppets, and the style of the songs she taught), she was actually skilled as a children’s minister. One of her best talents was the lost art of ventriloquism. She could have a conversation with herself! She would sit with her wood puppet on her lap and tell Bible stories, demonstrate by example how to tell friends about Jesus, how to pray for someone, how to treat each other, and also would tell the children about all the other people around the world who dress and sound different than they do. I remember she would try to teach me how to be a ventriloquist, but it never quite worked out for me. Margaret could cook as well and was always ready to cook a nice meal for church guests and volunteers.

I lost touch with Gene and Margaret sometime around the late 80’s, and I cannot tell you where they are or what they are doing now. But I can tell you that we would all do well to be as selfless, to strive to share the gospel message, and to work as hard as Gene and Margaret Hadsel.

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5 responses to “Profiles LPC/HCOG: Gene and Margaret Hadsel

  1. Anne

    They were kind, gentle people who lived for people and ministry…not stuff. They both could take things that many would consider cast-offs and make something with them (i.e., a quilt from fabric scraps, a delicious meal from veggies from the field and/or leftovers of some sort, repair something with misc parts). Folks could learn a lot from them.

  2. Gene was such a nice fella, and Margaret scolded me a few times for talking in church, but she was sweet too. As far as their simple nature, I remember that. They were very thrifty and made do with things that others may discard. They always seemed to be content.

  3. This is wild that I found this post. This couple actually attends my church, Dutch Valley Church of God, in Knoxville, TN. Actually, today was their last sunday with us at Dutch Valley. They are moving to Indiana to live with their son. I just thought I’d “google” them and see if there was anything on the internet about their missionary journeys. I’ve only known this couple for a few months, as I’m new at this church. But, they are one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever met. They’re genuine examples of how we, as Christians, should live. They’re always working in the altar, and up until just a few months ago, were still travelling to South America doing missionary work. I just thought I’d chime in and let you know that they were still working hard for the Lord. Thanks!!!

  4. Kristi

    Gene and Margaret are my aunt and uncle. They live in Spring City Tennessee.

  5. Amor Steffen

    II also know Gene and Margaret Hadsell. I was fortunate to know them and work with them in Miami, FL in a ministry called Surfside Challenge. There are no two dedicated workers for the Lord than these two Margaret has a remarkable gift working with children and Gene could fix anything from an atomic bomb to a light bulb. We have lost touch with them. Please give them our love and regards. Our email address is steffenphyllis@hotmail.com,. Amor & Phyllis Steffen

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