Robert Van Eaton Finley, Evangelist and Founder of Christian Aid Mission, Dies at 96

A death notice for Robert Van Eaton Finley, founder of Christian Aid Mission and notable evangelist to overseas indigenous communities. | Facebook/Christian Aid Mission

Robert Van Eaton Finley, an evangelist who founded the prominent foreign missions organization Christian Aid Mission, passed away at age 96.

The Charlottesville, Virginia-based Christian Aid Mission released a statement on Friday confirming the death of their founder.

“Finley is fondly remembered by missionaries worldwide for his life and work, his books, articles, and his teaching. He believed that it is the supreme responsibility of the disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ to plant and build His church among all nations,” stated the organization.

Resham Raj Poudel, the leader of an indigenous ministry in Nepal, was quoted in the statement as noting that one of the things he liked about Finley’s work was “that he trusts us.”

“Christian Aid Mission is the first ministry I know to support independent gospel ministries with prayer and finances to help them fulfill their work,” stated Poudel.

“This made it possible for us to grow in the vision that the Lord has given us. The result is that many churches are being planted around the world.”

A native of Albemarle County, Virginia, Finley became an evangelist for Youth for Christ and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship soon after graduating from the University of Virginia in 1944.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski