T. L. Osborn
|T. L. Osborn|
T. L. Osborn, 2001
December 23, 1923|
|Died||February 14, 2013
Osborn married Daisy Washburn Osborn at the age of 17, and shortly thereafter the two together set out on a life of ministry and missionary travel with a trip to India at the age of 21.
The Osborns first gained notoriety shortly after returning from India, when as evangelists on the Big Tent Revival circuit in the United States and Canada where they preached to audiences often numbering over 10,000 in open air meetings and under large tents in settings such as fair grounds and stadiums. On this circuit they were featured along with other young contemporary evangelists of the time such as Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Jack Coe, and A.A. Allen. The Osborne's ministry was often distinguished from most of the other notables of the time for their characteristic emphasis on the love and compassion of God, rather than the "fire and brimstone" that were more commonly used by evangelists of the era, and by the prevalence of supernatural healing in their meetings.
By the early 1950s their emphasis began to shift more and more toward efforts in international missions. They began to hold large crusades in Latin America, Asia, and Africa where crowds began to grow rapidly and at times reached well over 100,000 persons in attendance in a single meeting. These crusades at times began to have a very significant impact on cities, provinces, and sometimes even whole nations. Osborn's crusades in Thailand in 1956 and Uganda in 1957 for instance are said to have laid the foundations for substantial growth in Pentecostalism in those countries.
Over the course of the next 5 decades the team traveled to more than 70 countries and reached millions of people. They created prolific quantities of missionary evangelism and training materials, some of which have now been translated into more than 80 languages.
Some of the books TL Osborn authored several books, including:
- “Healing The Sick”
- “God’s Love Plan”
- “The Good Life”
- “The Message That Works”
After Daisy preceded him in death in May 1995, Osborn continued to travel and conduct crusades around the world until his health began to decline in his mid-eighties. He died on February 14, 2013 at the age of 89.
Osborn's daughter Ladonna Osborn continues to operate the ministry founded by her parents, including leading international crusades in the developing world every year. His grandson Tommy Ray O'Dell has also followed in his grandfather's footsteps and has a ministry focused on evangelism and education in Asia, Africa, and Europe, and like his grandfather often draws large crowds and sees notable miracles in his services.
- "Deaths - 2/16/2013". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2013-02-16.
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- "Le "pasteur miracle" américain attire en masse les évangéliques". Le Figaro (in French) (Paris). August 28, 2006. Retrieved February 6, 2010.
- Eric Bureau, Carole Sterlé and Laure Pelé (August 28, 2006). "5 000 fidèles pour la croisade évangélique". Le Parisien (in French) (Paris). Retrieved February 6, 2010.
- Lumu, David Tash (January 20, 2010). "50 years of Pentecostalism in Uganda — Sizzling Faith". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved February 6, 2010.