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									                               Now, I know that someday I am going to come to what some
                               people will say is the end of this life. They will probably put me           A CELEBRATION and REMEMBRANCE of the
                               in a box and roll me right down here in front of the church, and
                                                                                                                    LIFE of D. JAMES KENNEDY, PH.D.
                               some people will gather around, and a few people will cry. But
                               I have told them not to do that because I don’t want them to
                               cry. I want them to begin the service with the Doxology and end
                               with the Hallelujah Chorus, because I am not going to be there,
                               and I am not going to be dead. I will be more alive than I have
                               ever been in my life, and I will be looking down upon you poor
                               people who are still in the land of dying and have not yet
                                                                                                      A LAMPLIGHTER FOR CHRIST
                               joined me in the land of the living. I will be alive forevermore, in
                               greater health and vitality and joy than ever, ever, I or anyone
                               has known before.

                               D. JAMES KENNEDY, PH.D.

©2007 Coral Ridge Ministries
    I was sitting in the gloamin’, an’ a man passed the

    window. He was the LAMPLIGHTER. He pushed his

    pole into the lamp and lighted it. Then he went to

    another and another. Now I couldn’t see him, but

    I knew where he was by the lights as they broke       I THINK THAT IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DESCRIPTIONS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

    out down the street, until he had left a beautiful    I HAVE EVER HEARD. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE. WE ARE ALL “LAMPLIGHTERS.”
    avenue of lights.
                                                          D. JAMES KENNEDY, PH.D.

    Ye’re all LAMPLIGHTERS. They’ll know where ye’ve

    been by the lights ye have lit.

                                       SIR HARRY LAUDER
                                                                                       And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of
                                                                                       the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness
                                                                                       as the stars for ever and ever.     DANIEL 12:3


                                                                                                                                      November 3, 1930
                                                                                                                                      Dennis James Kennedy is born
                                                                                                                                      to George and Ermine Kennedy
                                                                                                                                      in Augusta, Georgia.

                                                                                                                                      The Kennedy family moves to
                                                                                                                                      Chicago, settling in an apartment

    DR. D. JAMES KENNEDY 1930-2007                                                                                                    just 50 yards from Lake Michigan.

                                                                                                                                      The family relocates once
                                                                                                                                      more to Tampa, Florida.

    He was, first and foremost, a “lamplighter.” The passion of Dr. D. James Kennedy, “Jim” to so many, was to                        Arthur Murray Dance instructor
                                                                                                                                      Jim Kennedy meets Anne Lewis
    bring the light of Christ into the lives of people everywhere. Men and women on every continent and in every                      and signs her up for six months
                                                                                                                                      of dance instructions.
    nation have heard and answered the call of the Gospel because of his faithfulness to the vision God gave
    him to reach the world for Christ.                                                                                                1953
                                                                                                                                      Sleeping late on a Sunday
                                                                                                                                      morning, Jim Kennedy hears
                                                                                                                                      the Gospel for the very first
                                   He leaves behind a trail of light that will shine for all eternity. The beloved long-time senior   time from a radio preacher.
                                   minister of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Dr. Kennedy entered into the presence of God          Shortly thereafter he professes
                                   in Heaven on September 5, 2007 at age 76. He is survived by Anne, his beloved wife of              faith in Christ.
                                   51 years, and his daughter, Jennifer.
                                                                                                                                      December 3, 1955
                                                                                                                                      After fighting God’s call to
                                                                                                                                      full-time ministry for nearly
                                                                                                                                      a year, Jim Kennedy, with great
                                                                                                                                      trepidation, quits his job as
                                                                                                                                      a dance studio manager.
                                                                                                                                            December 3, 1955
                                                                                                                                            Jim Kennedy and Anne Lewis
                                                                                                                                            become engaged.

                                                                                                                                            December 4, 1955
                                                                                                                                            Jim is given the chance to
                                                                                                                                            preach at a local Presbyterian
                                                                                                                                            church and, to his surprise,
                                                                                                                                            is employed as the interim
                                                                                                                                            minister the same day.

    A MORAL LEADER                                                                                                                          August 25, 1956
                                                                                                                                            Jim and Anne are married at
                                                                                                                                            the First Presbyterian Church
                                                                                                                                            of Lakeland, Florida.

                                                                                                                                            Fall 1956
                                                                                                                                            Jim Kennedy begins
    Dr. Kennedy is known across the world for his commitment to evangelism and to taking both the salt and light of                         seminary training at Columbia
                                                                                                                                            Theological Seminary in
    the Gospel into every area of life. He was a moral leader and a widely quoted champion for righteousness in American                    Decatur, Georgia.

    life. He frequently addressed issues such as the sanctity of human life and marriage from a biblical perspective.                       May 11, 1959
                                                                                                                                            Days before his seminary
                                                                                                                                            graduation, Jim receives a
                                  He was a pioneer in the use of television and radio to bring the light of Christ into the lives of his    letter from the Home Missions
                                  listeners. He founded Fort Lauderdale Christian radio station WAFG and his weekly television program,     Committee of the Everglades
                                  The Coral Ridge Hour, and his daily radio broadcast, Truths That Transform, are followed by millions of   Presbytery inviting him to consider
                                  people in America and around the world. The National Religious Broadcasters honored his broadcast         pastoring a new church to be
                                  achievements in 2005 by inducting him into its Hall of Fame.                                              started in Fort Lauderdale.

                                                                                                                                            June 21, 1959
                                  His desire to equip others to understand and apply the Scriptures to all of life led him to found
                                                                                                                                            The first Coral Ridge
                                  two leading educational institutions: Westminster Academy, a nationally respected Pre-K to 12th grade
                                                                                                                                            Presbyterian Church worship
                                  Christian school; and Knox Theological Seminary, a graduate school training Christians for lifelong
                                                                                                                                            service is held at McNab
                                  ministry as pastors, teachers and missionaries.
                                                                                                                                            Elementary School, led by
                                                                                                                                            D. James Kennedy.
                                                                                                                                                 July 21, 1959
                                                                                                                                                 Rev. D. James Kennedy
                                                                                                                                                 is ordained.

                                                                                                                                                 Rev. Kennedy tells his
                                                                                                                                                 fledgling congregation:
                                                                                                                                                 “You know what? I believe
                                                                                                                                                 we can change the world!”

    EVANGELISM: THE MAIN THING                                                                                                                   July 31, 1960
                                                                                                                                                 Rev. D. James Kennedy is
                                                                                                                                                 installed as minister of Coral
                                                                                                                                                 Ridge Presbyterian Church.

                                                                                                                                                 Rev. Kennedy begins to
    But it was evangelism—offering the free gift of forgiveness and eternal life through Christ—that was, for him, the “main                     train church members
                                                                                                                                                 to share Christ, using the
    thing.” As he put it in a sermon, “The main thing that every church and every single individual Christian should be sure                     techniques learned from
                                                                                                                                                 Rev. Kennedy Smartt.
    to keep as the main thing is spelled out for us and summarized by Christ in what is known as the Great Commission.”
                                                                                                                                                 March 16, 1962
                                                                                                                                                 Jennifer is born and adopted
                                  A self-professed former president of the “International Association of Cowards,” Dr. Kennedy learned to        into the Kennedy family.
                                  effectively share his faith in 1962 when serving as a visiting evangelist at an Atlanta-area church pastored
                                  by Rev. Kennedy Smartt. Equipped to share Christ, Dr. Kennedy returned to Fort Lauderdale and soon             March 18, 1962
                                  began training members of his church in personal evangelism. Out of that came Evangelism Explosion             A new church building
                                  International, which today trains people in every nation and territory to share their faith in Jesus Christ.   on Commercial Boulevard,
                                                                                                                                                 seating 500, is dedicated.

                                                                                                                                                 February 20, 1967
                                                                                                                                                 The first Evangelism
                                                                                                                                                 Explosion clinic is
                                                                                                                                                 held with 36 people in
                                                                                                                                               Summer 1967
                                                                                                                                               Tragedy strikes when Anne
                                                                                                                                               undergoes cancer surgery.
    A WAY OF LIFE                                                                                                                              Dr. Kennedy later describes
    Dr. Kennedy did not just share the Gospel on Sundays from behind                                                                           God’s provision during that
    a pulpit. For some 45 years, he went out into the community and took                                                                       dark time in his message,
    every opportunity he had to share the Gospel one-on-one with others.                                                                       “Songs in the Night.”
    It was a way of life. The founder of the world’s most-used evangelism
    training outreach used nearly every social encounter—whether with                                                                          1970
    taxi-drivers, hotel staff, auto salesmen, or airplane seatmates—as an                                                                      Evangelism Explosion, the first
    occasion to share Christ.                                                                                                                  of more than 65 books by Dr.
                                                                                                                                               Kennedy, is published by Tyndale.
    “There is nothing I have ever done,” he once said, “that has given me                                                                      More than 1.5 million copies
    such satisfaction as sharing the Gospel—unless, perhaps, it is the equal                                                                   have been sold.
    joy of seeing a person I have trained come to the place where they,
    too, are rejoicing in having lighted the lamp of another.”                                                                                 1970
                                                                                                                                               Like A Mighty Army, a dramatic
    On one occasion he was flying back from Philadelphia, carrying a                                                                           motion picture depicting the
    briefcase stuffed with books and notes. Sermon preparation weighed                                                                         story of Evangelism Explosion,
    heavily on his mind, but he made himself available. “Lord, you know                                                                        is produced by Gospel Films.
    I have a lot of studying to do to prepare for Sunday’s sermon,” he          I think that in the annals of the history of the Church
    prayed, “but if you have someone you want me to share the Gospel                                                                           August 28, 1970
    with, I’m available.” God took him up on his offer.                         in the twentieth century in North America and the              Lay Evangelism, Inc.,
                                                                                                                                               later changed to Evangelism
                                                                                world, because of his ministry and especially                  Explosion III International,
                                                                                                                                               Inc., is organized.
    His seatmate was a cable network news anchor, and friendly chatter          because of Evangelism Explosion, which has gone
    soon grew into a long discussion during which he had the opportunity
                                                                                                                                               April 11, 1971 (Easter Sunday)
    to share the claims of Christ in great detail.                              into every country of the world, Jim Kennedy is
                                                                                                                                               Groundbreaking for new church
                                                                                going to be noted as one of the key leaders in the             on Federal Highway.
    Later, on the flight’s final leg, Dr. Kennedy sat next to a young mother-
    to-be. Once again, casual conversation soon turned to matters of faith,
                                                                                Christian Church during that period of time.                   August 1971
    and he asked her whether she knew she was going to Heaven.                                                                                 Classes begin at Westminster
                                                                                                                                               Academy with 300 students
                                                                                DR. KEN WACKES, Headmaster at Westminster Academy, 1973-2005   enrolled.

                                                                                                                                                 February 3, 1974
                                                                                                                                                 The new church building on
                                                                                                                                                 Federal Highway is dedicated.
     While uncertain of her eternal destiny, she expressed the hope that                                                                         Dr. Billy Graham addresses the
     God would let her into Heaven because she had led a good life.                                                                              11,000 people in attendance,
                                                                                                                                                 some on benches outside the
     “It was my joy to tell her that Heaven is a free gift available through                                                                     church, and 597 decisions for
     simple faith in Jesus Christ,” Dr. Kennedy said. “She readily accepted                                                                      Christ are recorded.
     the offer of eternal life and prayed a prayer of repentance and
     faith. With tears in her eyes, she told me this was the happiest day                                                                        October 1, 1974
     of her life, a day she would remember when elderly, as the pivotal                                                                          Radio station WAFG (90.3 FM)
     moment in her life.”                                                                                                                        is licensed as a non-commercial
                                                                                                                                                 educational station.
     As Dr. Kennedy put it, “When I arrived in Fort Lauderdale, my sermon
     was still unprepared, but God had given me the privilege of sharing                                                                         October 3, 1976
                                                                               I think God planned from eternity that Jim Kennedy
     the Gospel and leading one person to Jesus Christ—because I made                                                                            Church membership
     myself available.”                                                        was going to be the founder of Evangelism                         reaches 5,000 people.

     FUTURE PRESIDENTS                                                         Explosion. This was something that Jim Kennedy                    January 8, 1978
     Dr. Kennedy brought the Gospel to the powerful, as well. In 1980,                                                                           Coral Ridge Presbyterian
     he and several other evangelical leaders met with Ronald Reagan when      was just gifted for and prepared for. Who else                    Church votes to leave the
     he was running for president. “Governor,” Dr. Kennedy asked, “I                                                                             Presbyterian Church (U.S.)
                                                                               would have been determined to see to it that                      and unites with the Presbyterian
     would like to ask you a very important spiritual question and that is:
                                                                                                                                                 Church in America (P.C.A.).
     If something were to happen to you and you were to die and stand          Evangelism Explosion was going to be in every
     before God, and God Almighty said to you, ‘Why should I let you into
                                                                               nation of the world and every territory? It’s almost              September 17, 1978
     my Heaven?’ What would you say?”
                                                                                                                                                 First television broadcast of
                                                                               unbelievable to think that under his leadership                   worship service.
     Reagan was silent for an uncomfortably long time. Finally, after about
     30 seconds, he answered in somber tones, “I don’t deserve to go to        they were able to press into all those nations                    February 1979
     Heaven. The only thing that I could say would be, ‘For God so loved
                                                                                                                                                 Dr. Kennedy receives his Ph.D.
     the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth   and territories. But that was Jim Kennedy.                        from New York University,
     in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’”                                                                                      completing his list of degrees as
                                                                               REV. KENNEDY SMARTT, long-time friend and mentor to Dr. Kennedy
                                                                                                                                                 follows: A.B., M.Div. (cum laude),
                                                                                                                                                 M.Th. (summa cum laude),
                                                                                                                                                 D.D., D.Sac.Lit., Ph.D., Litt.D.,
                                                                                                                                                 D.Sac.Theol., and D.Humane Lit.
                                                                                                                                               November 30, 1980
                                                                                                                                               Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
                                                                                                                                               celebrates its 20th anniversary.

                                                                                                                                               Truths That Transform,
                                                                                                                                               Dr. Kennedy’s daily radio
                                                                                                                                               program, begins.

                                                                                                                                               November 24, 1985
                                                                                                                                               Coral Ridge Presbyterian

     ALIVE FOREVERMORE                                                                                                                         Church celebrates its 25th

                                                                                                                                               With Evangelism Explosion in
                                                                                                                                               only 66 nations, Dr. Kennedy
                                                                                                                                               challenges the organization’s
     The eternal hope Dr. Kennedy offered others was firmly anchored in the promises of Scripture. He looked ahead,                            vice presidents to take the
                                                                                                                                               lay-evangelism training program
     with settled assurance to this day. In fact, he outlined what to expect at his own funeral in his Christmas Eve                           to every nation by 1995.

     2004 message:                                                                                                                             March 14, 1989
                                                                                                                                               The Session of Coral Ridge
                                                                                                                                               Presbyterian Church establishes
                                    Now, I know that someday I am going to come to what some people will say is the end of this life.          Knox Theological Seminary and
                                                                                                                                               appoints Dr. Kennedy Chancellor.
                                    They will probably put me in a box and roll me right down here in front of the church, and some people
                                    will gather around, and a few people will cry. But I have told them not to do that because I don’t want
                                                                                                                                               May 29, 1990
                                    them to cry. I want them to begin the service with the Doxology and end with the Hallelujah Chorus,
                                                                                                                                               George Kennedy, Dr. Kennedy’s
                                    because I am not going to be there, and I am not going to be dead. I will be more alive than I have ever
                                                                                                                                               brother, dies. Dr. Kennedy
                                    been in my life, and I will be looking down upon you poor people who are still in the land of dying
                                                                                                                                               learns after his death that
                                    and have not yet joined me in the land of the living. I will be alive forevermore, in greater health and
                                                                                                                                               George, who had long resisted
                                    vitality and joy than ever, ever, I or anyone has known before.
                                                                                                                                               the Gospel, was led to Christ
                                                                                                                                               on his death bed by a young
                                                                                                                                               hospital chaplain.

                                                                                                                                          March 30-April 1, 1990
                                                                                                                                          Coral Ridge Church marks
                                                                                                                                          its 30th anniversary during a
                                                                                                                                          “Celebrate the Dream”
                                                                                                                                          weekend celebration.

                                                                                                                                          September 1990
                                                                                                                                          Knox Theological Seminary
                                                                                                                                          begins classes to train pastors
                                                                                                                                          and laymen in a graduate
                                                                                                                                          school of theology.

     HOW IT ALL BEGAN                                                                                                                     1992
                                                                                                                                          The Kennedy Commentary,
                                                                                                                                          a daily 90-second radio
                                                                                                                                          commentary, is launched.

                                                                                                                                          May 21, 1994
     Dr. Kennedy first discovered how to know he was going to Heaven in 1953. Not a churchgoer, he was sleeping                           Coral Ridge Presbyterian
                                                                                                                                          Church celebrates Dr. Kennedy’s
     late on a Sunday morning when his radio alarm went off, and a preacher’s booming voice invaded his slumber.                          35th year in Gospel ministry.

     “Suppose you were to die today and stand before God, and He were to ask you, ‘What right do you have to enter                        September 14, 1995
     into My Heaven?’—what would you say?”                                                                                                Dr. Kennedy dedicates the
                                                                                                                                          D. James Kennedy Center for
                                                                                                                                          Christian Statesmanship in
                                                                                                                                          Washington, D.C.
                                  Dr. Kennedy soon discovered that the answer was to trust in Christ alone for eternal life. He did so,
                                  and shortly thereafter was called into the Gospel ministry.                                             February 23, 1996
                                                                                                                                          Evangelism Explosion
                                  He began his pastorate at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in 1959 and had, from the earliest days,      International becomes the
                                  a global vision for Christ. In 1960, he read the words of Jeremiah 33:3 to the handful of people that   first Christian organization
                                  comprised his then-fledgling congregation, “Call unto me and I will answer thee, and show thee          in history to establish its
                                  great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” He then told his small flock, “You know what?         ministry in all 211 nations
                                  I believe we can change the world!”                                                                     of the world.

                                                                                                                                                March 7, 1999
                                                                                                                                                Coral Ridge Presbyterian
                                                                                                                                                Church celebrates its
     That surprised his audience, but today Dr. Kennedy’s broadcast                                                                             40th anniversary.
     outreach goes out from the 10,000-member Coral Ridge Presbyterian
     Church into more than 200 nations via radio or television. Nearly                                                                          June 10, 2000
     five million people made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ in 2006                                                                     Daughter Jennifer marries
     through Evangelism Explosion.                                                                                                              Charles D. “Chip” Cassidy in
                                                                                                                                                Newport Beach, California.
     Dr. Kennedy’s belief that God will do “great and mighty things”                                                                            December 2000
     through the obedient efforts of His people only grew over time. In                                                                         Along with Dean Jones
     1988, he gave the vice presidents of Evangelism Explosion a daunting                                                                       Dr. Kennedy cohosts Who
     task: “I have asked the vice presidents to set a goal for getting EE                                                                       Is This Jesus, a one-hour
     into every country of the world by 1995.” By 1996, those vice                                                                              documentary viewed by
     presidents had done their job. EE had planted a representative in                                                                          some 12 million people
     every country of the world.                                                                                                                nationwide.
                                                                                      If you were to ask me what is Dr. Kennedy’s real
     And in 2005, at a festive 75th birthday celebration on his behalf at                                                                       February 10, 2003
     Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Dr. Kennedy’s optimistic vision for
                                                                                      legacy. Of course, he’s a pastor. Of course, he’s a       Dr. Kennedy's weekly television
     what God would yet do still burned strong. In his closing prayer, after                                                                    program, The Coral Ridge Hour,
                                                                                      winner of men for Christ. But I think of him as one of    is named "Television Program
     an evening spent in celebration of God’s blessing and provision in
     his life and ministry, Dr. Kennedy made it clear that he believes the                                                                      of the Year" by the National
                                                                                      four or five champions of freedom and liberty
                                                                                                                                                Religious Broadcasters.
     best is yet to be. “We believe,” he prayed to the Lord, “You are yet going
     to change the world in a far greater fashion.”                                   in America. I think of Ronald Reagan as one of
                                                                                                                                                February 16, 2004
                                                                                      them—the greatest man I’ve known in my lifetime.          Dr. Kennedy's daily radio
     Dr. Kennedy’s confidence in the future extended to the state of
                                                                                                                                                program, Truths That Transform,
     American culture. He said in 2004, “America is in the throes of a                And among the other three or four who stand               is named "Best Radio Teaching
     cultural shift with enormous implications for the future.” He noted
                                                                                                                                                Program for 2004" by the
     the growth in the number of evangelical Christians in America                    out, head and shoulders above all others, stands
                                                                                                                                                National Religious Broadcasters.
     and said, “If that trend continues, and I believe it will, evangelical
     Christians will be in the majority sometime in the next decade.”                 Dr. D. James Kennedy.
                                                                                                                                                February 15, 2005
                                                                                                                                                Dr. Kennedy is inducted
                                                                                      THE LATE DR. JERRY FALWELL, Founder, Liberty University   into the National Religious
                                                                                                                                                Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

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                                                                                                                                                        October 2005
                                                                                                                                                        After Hurricane Wilma
                                                                                                                                                        rips off the church roof
                                                                                                                                                        and drenches the sanctuary,
                                                                                                                                                        Dr. Kennedy encourages
                                                                                                                                                        the congregation,
                                                                                                                                                        telling them this is “our
                                                                                                                                                        finest hour.”

                                                                                                                                                        December 9, 2005

     THE LORD’S DOING                                                                                                                                   Dr. Kennedy is feted at
                                                                                                                                                        a surprise 75th birthday

                                                                                                                                                        August 25, 2006
                                                                                                                                                        Dr. and Mrs. Kennedy
                                                                                                                                                        celebrate 50 years of
     For Dr. Kennedy, the achievements of his well-lived life did not blind him to the fact that all the glory goes to God.                             marriage.

     Several years ago, he said this about what God has done through him:                                                                               2006
                                                                                                                                                        Nearly five million people
                                                                                                                                                        profess faith in Jesus
                                                                                                                                                        Christ through Evangelism
                                    As I look back on this, there is just one thing that comes to my mind: This is the Lord’s doing, and it is
                                                                                                                                                        Explosion in 2006, alone.
                                    wonderful in my eyes, because most certainly, I could have done none of this. But God has been at work.
                                                                                                                                                        September 5, 2007
                                    When I look at all He has done and read the history of what He has accomplished, I have often thought               Dr. Kennedy enters
                                    that if I had been given a list of the things He has brought to pass in the last forty years and read it, and       into the presence of
                                    someone had said, “Here is your job description for the next forty years,” I would have said, “You’ve got           God in Heaven.
                                    to be kidding. I quit. Nobody can do that.” Well, nobody except Christ. He is the One who has done it.
                                    This is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful in our eyes.

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         I know of few people in America who have grasped so profoundly the origins of our nation, the Christian heritage

         of America, and who were any better able to articulate it than Jim Kennedy.

                                                                                 PAT ROBERTSON, Chairman, Christian Broadcasting Network

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     I think one of the great legacies of D. James Kennedy          One particular Sunday evening, Dr. Kennedy made a

     is his balance between evangelism and discipleship             statement to this little group, probably 15 to 20 people

     and the importance of the Cultural Mandate—                    at the very maximum. He said, “You know, we can

     showing us that the Bible applies to all of life.              change the world.” You can just imagine what went

                                                                    through my mind. What is he talking about? But he

     JERRY NEWCOMBE, Coral Ridge Hour Senior Producer and           had a vision. I believe he even quoted Jeremiah 33:3:
     coauthor with Dr. Kennedy of 11 books.
                                                                    “Call unto me and I will answer thee, and show thee

                                                                    great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
     We decided to visit one Sunday. This was in 1963, and

     oh my, it was like coming into the presence of God. It         Now, as I look back over the years, how the Lord has
     was a feeling that we had never experienced before—            fulfilled that promise and all that has all come to pass,
     or I hadn’t. And I thought—oh, these people have               I’ve seen it come to a reality. And as Dr. Kennedy said,
     something I don’t have. I don’t know what it is, but I’d       “It is marvelous in our eyes, and it is the Lord’s doing.
     like to have it. And lo and behold, a couple weeks later       It is not any individual. It is the Lord’s doing, and it is
     we had this knock on the door and there was Dr.                marvelous in our eyes.”
     Kennedy. He came to share the Gospel with us, and my

     husband and I accepted the Lord that night.
                                                                    RUTH ROHM,      former secretary to Dr. Kennedy and member
                                                                    of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church since 1959

     MARY ANNE BUNKER, Administrative Assistant to
     Dr. Kennedy since 1964


     Jim Kennedy has one goal in life, and that is to present the Gospel and win people to

     Jesus. That’s his whole focus in life. His dream is to reach the world. And I’m sure, now

     that he’s in Heaven, he can count all the souls that are in Heaven because of him all

     over the world that he either witnessed to or that indirectly were witnessed to because

     of his leadership and the things he encouraged and trained people to do.

                                                         RICH DEVOS, Cofounder, Amway Corporation


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