After three years of battling stage four lung cancer, evangelist Luis Palau — sometimes referred to as the Billy Graham of Latin America — was placed in hospice care last week.
Since the Palau Association’s founding more than 60 years ago, Palau and his ministry have shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with more than one billion people throughout the world. Palau has spoken in person to more than 30 million people in 75 countries, with more than 1 million registered decisions for Jesus Christ.
The Palau Association has been a NRB member since 1993 and received the Milestone Award in 2002. Palau received the NRB Hall of Fame Award in 2018 and the William Ward Ayer Award for Distinguished Service in 1987 and again in 2008.
His radio broadcasts in both English and Spanish reach millions of people on thousands of radio outlets around the world. He is the host of an international Q&A program in Spanish called Luis Palau Responde as well as Reaching Your World, a devotional-style program emphasizing biblical wisdom.
According to updates from the family, Palau had spent nearly two weeks in the hospital in January dealing with heart and lung issues.
“As you might suspect, Dad is famous at the hospital—truly loved by all and pointing each and every one to the Savior every chance he gets,” said his son Andrew Palau in a February update. “The number of stories and reports from the medical staff—sharing how much of an encouragement and blessing he was to them while there—was such a blessing, yet also not a surprise. He is a true champion for the Gospel and a great example for us all.”
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SOURCE: National Religious Broadcasters, Marissa Postell