Ron Hamilton, known as “Patch the Pirate,” along with his wife and several family members, will be providing an unforgettable evening of music, inspiration, and challenge at the VCY Rally, Saturday, March 4th at 7pm at the Waukesha Expo.
But how did this unique children’s ministry begin?
Every young boy dreams of becoming a cowboy, a fireman, or maybe even a pirate, and so did Ron Hamilton. He also dreamed of having a nickname that sounded dangerous and exciting -- something like “Buffalo Bill” or “Long John Silver.”
When Ron was 27 years old, his dream came true. On a routine visit to the eye doctor, something unusual was discovered in his left eye. After several weeks of testing, he was rolled into the operating room for surgery on his eye. Only God knew what the outcome of that surgery would be. As he slowly regained consciousness several hours later, his wife gave him the startling news. “The doctor found cancer. Your left eye is gone.”
The doctor gave him his first eye patch, and suddenly he was a pirate! Kids were fascinated by his pirate patch. Everywhere he went children would call out to their embarrassed mothers, “Look, Mom! There goes a pirate!” The children in his church gave him a nickname that stuck - “Patch the Pirate.”
Looking back, Ron can clearly see how God prepared him for this experience. Several years before he lost his eye, God’s truth had dramatically changed his life. Verses such as Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” had shown him he was a sinner who needed God’s help. And when he found out that all sinners “shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire” (Revelation 21:8), he was really concerned about where he would spend eternity.
Then he read in Romans 5:8 “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” and in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
He’ll never forget kneeling all alone by his bed one night and telling the Lord he was sorry for all his sins. Believing that Jesus Christ had died on the cross for him, he asked Jesus to forgive him and become his Savior. Since that night, his life has been dramatically different because Jesus Christ has been in control. He not only has the joy of knowing that he’s going to Heaven when he dies, but he also has the assurance that God is working all things together for good in his life right now.
Yes, he lost his eye to cancer, but God transformed his loss into a great blessing. The Lord has given him and his family an exciting ministry to families around the world through the “Patch the Pirate Story and Song” CDs. He also have a nationwide broadcast called “The Adventures of Patch the Pirate” which airs Sundays at 3:15pm on VCY America.
Their mission is to reach boys and girls with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to instill in them godly character through story and song. He presents music that is character-driven, biblically-based, and life-changing.
This VCY Family Rally begins at 7:00pm on Saturday, March 4th at the Waukesha Expo Arena, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI. Doors open at 6pm. Admission is free but a freewill offering will be taken to offset the expenses of the evening. Plan to attend!