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Died: Marilyn Laszlo, Bible Translator Who Inspired Missionaries to ‘Come By Here’
The passionate storyteller spent nearly a quarter century developing written language and Scripture for a Papua New Guinea village.
Died: David Yonggi Cho, Founder of the World’s Largest Megachurch
The Korean Pentecostal promoted cell groups and gifts of the Holy Spirit for church growth.
Died: Thomas McKenzie, Defender and Definer of Anglicanism
Pastor and author showed “The Anglican Way” to a growing number of evangelicals.
Died: Joel Edwards, the First Black Evangelical Alliance UK Head
The British church leader could confidently preach the gospel on BBC and challenge his fellow Christians in the fight against injustice.
Died: B.J. Thomas, Born-Again Singer Who Clashed with Evangelical Fans
Popular artist professed Jesus and earned five gospel Grammys before turning back to secular music.
Died: Eilat Mazar, Archaeologist Who Believed the Bible
In 50 years of excavation, she connected modern Israel to Hebrew kings and prophets.
Died: Loran Mann, Who Reported the News and Preached the Good News
COGIC bishop built a church while breaking ground in Pittsburgh TV and radio.
Died: C. René Padilla, Father of Integral Mission
He pushed evangelicals to see social action and evangelism as “two wings of a plane.”
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Died: Ole Anthony, Terror to Televangelists
He dug through prosperity preachers’ trash and pushed a radical Christian community to be more like the first-century church.
Died: Ashur Eskrya, Champion of Iraq’s Displaced Christians
President of the Assyrian Aid Society–Iraq (AASI) passes away from COVID-19 complications.
Died: Teen Missions Founder Bob Bland, Who Put Young Missionaries Through Boot Camp
With his Florida training program and international construction projects, he empowered young people who didn’t want to wait to do something for God.
Died: Ruth Montaño, Religious Freedom Fighter for Non-Catholic Bolivians
Cochabamba lawyer secured passage of 2019 landmark law protecting evangelicals and other religious minorities from discrimination in Andean nation.
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Died: Larry Walker, NIV Translator Who Loved Bible Details
Commitment to accuracy and inerrancy carried him through controversy.
Died: Luis Palau, Who Preached the Gospel from Portland to Latin America and Beyond
The Argentine-born evangelist rose from Billy Graham translator to lead millions from more than 80 countries to make decisions to follow Jesus.
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Died: Larry Crabb, Christian Counselor Who Kept Exploring
Author of ‘Effective Biblical Counseling,’ ‘Inside Out,' ‘Shattered Dreams,’ and ‘SoulTalk’ taught that aching souls long for the Triune God.
Died: Celebrate Recovery Founder John Baker, Who Shifted Evangelicals’ Approach to Addiction
The Saddleback Church pastor developed the popular Christ-centered 12-step program for “hurts, habits, and hang-ups.”
Died: Carman, Christian Showman Who Topped Charts with Triumphant Faith
Singer of “Satan, Bite the Dust!” and “R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth)” believed in the power of celebrity and spectacle to draw people to Jesus.
Died: Melvin E. Banks, Publisher of Black Sunday School Curriculum
When contextualizing Scripture was controversial, he said “the bottom line is Jesus.”
Died: Hershel Shanks, Editor Who Saved Biblical Archaeology from Academics
Hershel Shanks battled top scholars to make the Dead Sea Scrolls available to the public.
Died: Walter Hooper, Who Gave His Life to C.S. Lewis’s Legacy
He kept works in print, edited new collections, and spent a lifetime meditating on everything written by the beloved British author.

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