My wife and youngest son with Oral Roberts in his Newport Beach home in March 2009
Heaven became more wealthy yesterday as it welcomed to its illustrious ranks, the famous Pentecostal evangelist, Oral Roberts who died at 91 years of age. He was a pioneer in the healing movement and an inspiration to countless other young evangelists. I visited with him several months ago in his Newport Beach home and was challenged in many areas. He said to me, “Do you pray for the sick in all your meetings?” “Of course,” I said. He rephrased the question and asked it again, this time a bit more deliberately. “Do you pray for the sick EVERY TIME you preach?” When he put it that way I had to say “no.” He said, “You must.” The ministry of Jesus was three-fold he told me: “preaching – teaching – healing.” That is a description of the ministry of Jesus and that is also a description of the ministry of Oral Roberts;: Preaching, teaching and healing in the name of Jesus. May the next generation pick up the baton from these heroes in the faith and finish the race.