We are Now Poorer

November 15, 2004

I weep with joy as I realize this man of God is going home:

Dr. Louis L. King, recognized among evangelicals worldwide as a leading missions statesman, passed peacefully into the presence of the Lord on Thursday, November 11, 2004, at Shell Point Retirement Community, Ft. Myers, Fla.

Dr. King served as the seventh president of the U.S. Christian and Missionary Alliance from 1978 to 1987. He was born in Hurffville, N. J., on November 30, 1915, and was ordained 25 years later. He pastored churches in New York, Illinois and Nebraska before being assigned as a missionary to India in 1946.

He returned to New York to serve as vice president for International Ministries for seven successive three-year terms prior to his election to the presidency. Dr. King pioneered modern missions with his commitment to the development of national leaders and self-sustaining, independent, strong national churches.

In addition to authoring several publications on missions, he served as president for The Alliance World Fellowship and on the board of directors of the Evangelical Foreign Missions Association.

Before going to Africa one summer, I had the opportunity to go into Dr. King’s office. I noticed that behind his desk were two prominent dents in the carpet. I asked his assistant what they were.

He answered: “That’s where Dr. King prays”.

Grooves in the carpet…millions in the Kingdom.


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