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My heart sank when I heard the news that Ravi’s cancer had spread and that there was nothing more the doctors could do. My wife, Karen, and I bowed in prayer asking our great God to grant comfort, strength, and to make His presence known to Ravi, his dear wife and family, his staff and ministry colleagues, and to the millions he has ministered to around the world through his years of extraordinarily fruitful ministry. Unless God says otherwise, soon our dear brother will step into the very presence of the Savior he has known, loved and served for most of his life.
I’ll never forget the first time I met Ravi. It was about thirty years ago. At the time, I was a visiting professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in the Chicago area and Ravi was doing a lecture series on campus. As I listened to him speak, I was immediately drawn to and impressed by three things. First was his high view of the Scripture. Second was Ravi’s compelling intellectual clarity and logic. And third was his ability to convey a sincere love and concern for the people to whom he was speaking.
Frankly, it is this third observation that captured me. Certainly, all of us who heard him were impressed by his intellectual capacity and recall, but it was his authentic compassion that gave a kind of “heart credibility” to that lecture series.
We chatted a bit but we didn’t spend much time together during his visit to campus. Yet, his impact on me would be lasting.
Through the years our paths would cross and our friendship would develop. During the decade of the 90s we were on the speaker team at a number of the Promise Keeper (PK) events. Ravi, Tony Evans, and I were having a conversation during a break at a PK event in Dallas, Texas. Tony asked Ravi a question. Although I don’t remember the question, I vividly remember how Ravi answered him. He tilted his head back, closed his eyes, and began quoting a lengthy passage from a book he had not read in years, including the page number! You got the sense that he wasn’t trying to showcase his recall. He wanted to be helpful by giving a clear answer. And that he did.
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SOURCE: Charisma News