Dan Ryks, River Dan's Fishing Guide Service
Dan is the owner of River Dan’s Guide Service a fishing guide service on the St. Croix River between the Wisconsin and Minnesota borders. His specialty is Walleye.
Dan was in a boating accident one December when he was thrown into the frigid waters out of his boat one hundred yards from shore. By all accounts he shouldn’t have survived. His story is one of grace from a loving God, who he came to know, through a background of abuse and tragedy. He loves to tell others about the restoring grace and mercy of a loving God. Listen to his story below.
He has also been involved with Minnesota Teen Challenge in taking students out fishing and sharing his story of hope for them.
He has been happily married to his loving wife Kathi. They have six children and eight grandchildren.
Listen to Gerry Caillout's interview with Dan Ryks, where Dan talks about the transforming power of Jesus Christ in his life.
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Listen to another interview with Dan Ryks, where he tells his miraculous story of survival after being thrown into the frigid waters of the St. Croix River in December.
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Gerry’s Note: We were returning from a deer hunting trip in western Minnesota, heading toward his house in the Twin Cities, when Dan Ryks decided I needed to hear his story on the hour-long drive. I have to say, at first I thought he was making it all up. He described himself as a very angry and violent individual when he was a young man, including how he’d gone to prison too. This was not the quiet, gentle person who sat next to me sharing and who I had grown to know and love as a brother so much over the last few years. But Dan gave all the credit to others who were praying for him at that time and they told him they still loved him despite all he’d done. Above all else, these family members spoke of how God still loved him as well. If you have Dan Ryks as a speaker at some event or outreach, I can assure you that your guests will also not just hear of how much Jesus loved Dan, but that He loves each one of them. I believe there is a good chance they will experience that love also!
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