T. L. Osborn
|T. L. Osborn|
T. L. Osborn, 2001
December 23, 1923|
|Died||February 14, 2013
He was born on December 23, 1923.
Osborn married Daisy Washburn Osborn at the age of 17, and shortly thereafter they set out on a life of ministry and missionary travel with a trip to India at the age of 21. They worked at Lucknow, but their ministry could not bring fruit due to lack of people's faith that Bible is the Word of God. Their mission lasted less than a year in India, and returned home with critical family sickness.
The Osborns first gained notice shortly after returning from India 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. Other young contemporary evangelists of the time such as Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Jack Coe, and A.A. Allen were also on the circuit. The Osborn's emphasised the love and compassion of God, rather than the "fire and brimstone" commonly used by evangelists of the era, and used supernatural healing in their meetings.
By the early 1950s their emphasis began to shift more and more toward international missions. They began to hold large crusades in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, where crowds began to grow rapidly and at times exceeded 100,000. After Osborn's crusades in Thailand in 1956 and Uganda in 1957, Pastor Fred Wantaate of Makerere Full Gospel Church said that "after that crusade in Mombasa, the fountain of the river of Pentecostalism spread in the heart of East Africa".
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 were translated into more than 80 languages.
After Daisy's 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. It has been said that miracles took place in his services.
- Healing The Sick
- God’s Love Plan
- The Good Life
- The Message That Works
- The Purpose of Pentecost
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