Monday, November 10, 2014

~ A bit of trivia ~

If you're familiar with Texas and the city of Dallas, you probably have heard of the Hunt family. Just thought I'd share a bit of trivia and history. Bunker (photo below) was the son of patriarch H.L. Hunt.  Bunker and his wife, Caroline, provided financial support for the movie, "Jesus".

Nelson Bunker Hunt Obituary Photo

Honoring Nelson Bunker Hunt (February 22, 1926 - October 21, 2014)

Bill Bright prayed 40 years for a film on the life of Jesus. He asked Bunker
& Caroline Hunt if they would loan $5,000,000 to produce the JESUS Film.
They ended up donating all of it and more.

Some years ago I had dinner with Bunker & Caroline. I asked him how he felt
about his investment in the Film. He said, "That's the best investment I
ever made!"

When Bunker died last month this was part of his obituary:"Possibly his
greatest impact on the world was his funding of The JESUS Film..." At his
memorial, the following testimony was printed on the back of the bulletin:

"The Best Investment I Ever Made"

In 1976, Caroline and Bunker Hunt committed to fund a Biblically accurate
production of the Gospel of Luke - The JESUS Film. Since its premier in
1979, The JESUS Film has been translated into 1,271 languages and has been
officially recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the "Most
Translated Film" in history.

Through its use by Campus Crusade's The JESUS Film Project, as well as more
than 1,500 Christian agencies, the film has had more than 6 billion viewings
worldwide since 1979, and most of those watching heard the story of Jesus in
a language they easily understood.

As a result, over 200 million people have indicated decisions to follow
Jesus after viewing The JESUS Film. In fact, every eight seconds, somewhere
in the world, another person indicates a decision to follow Christ after
watching The JESUS Film.

Now that's "Return On Investment."

Here is an excerpt from Erick Schenkel's tribute to Bunker: "We thank the
Lord for Bunker & Caroline Hunt's willingness to pour their resources into a
film on the life of Jesus, when no one else was ready to invest. The film
and the Project would have never existed, were it not for the risk-taking
boldness of one man, and his wife. Now he is surrounded by grateful men and
women--speakers of nearly every language on earth--who are standing before
the Lord with him because of his generous gift."

"Only one life, twill soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last."

Thank you so much for your investments for Christ and His kingdom.
~ Author Unknown

His father ~ H. L. Hunt
Haroldson Lafayette Hunt, Jr..jpg
Haroldson Lafayette Hunt, Jr.
BornHaroldson Lafayette Hunt, Jr.
February 17, 1889
Ramsey, Illinois
DiedNovember 29, 1974 (aged 85)
Dallas, Texas
Other namesH. L. Hunt
OccupationOil business
Net worthUSD $1 billion at the time of his death (approximately 1/1474th of US GNP)[1]
Spouse(s)Lyda Bunker
Frania Tye
Ruth Ray

Haroldson Lafayette "H. L." Hunt, Jr. (February 17, 1889 – November 29, 1974), known throughout his life as H. L. Hunt, was a Texas oil tycoon and conservative Republican political activist. By trading poker winnings for oil rights, he ultimately secured title to much of the East Texas Oil Field, one of the world's largest oil deposits. From it and his other acquisitions, he accrued a fortune that was among the world's largest; at the time of his death, he was reputed to have the highest net worth of any individual in the world. His personal life, which featured many children by three wives, was among the chief inspirations for the television series Dallas, whose character J.R. Ewing was largely based on popular perceptions of Hunt. The Texas city of Hunt is named after him.


  1. Wow!!! I had no idea! You post about such interesting topics! I enjoyed knowing more about this great man!

  2. I had no idea either- thanks for this GREAT info!

    BTW- I went to Youtube just to see if it was there and one may watch the entire movie free there.

    Just in case anyone wants to as I did.

    : - ) God bless the Hunt family!

    And may Mr. Hunt rest in peace.

  3. WOW what an investment and the return on that investment... PRICELESS! Thanks for sharing this with me! Sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

  4. I had no idea. Soooo interesting.

  5. How interesting-and what a wonderful tribute! :)


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