Oral Roberts Memorial 'Something Good'

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The number of lives touched by evangelist Oral Roberts shined crystal clear in the halls of his university, as thousands crammed in the school's Mabee Center to pay final respects to the charismatic leader.

The public memorial service at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., was announced last week following an outpour of support after Roberts' death.

CBN's Pat Robertson opened the service with a prayer, calling Roberts a great man specially touched by God.

"You sent us a man who we know and loved and who walked with God and never gave up the common touch," he said. "I know you broke the mold with Oral."

Robertson also prayed that God would anoint others like Roberts to share the Gospel as he did.

Roberts died last week at age 91 from complications caused by pneumonia. He founded ORU in 1963.

Current ORU President Mark Rutlege spoke of how Roberts was healed from tuberculosis as a teen and used that testimony to encourage others.

"There was something when Oral leaned into that TV and said, `Something good is going to happen to you today,'" he recalled.

He became know around the country through his daily TV broadcasts that he called "a front row seat to miracles."

Roberts led more than 300 healing crusades around the world and his ministry estimates he personally laid hands on 2 million people.

"When he was praying for someone, he had his mind on one thing and one thing only, and that was the need of the person with whom he was dealing," Roberts daughter, Roberta, said while speaking at the memorial.

Richard Roberts said his father has gone "home for Christmas," and closed his eulogy by singing his father's theme song: "Something Good is Going to Happen to You."

Several Christian leaders joined Roberts' family at the memorial service. Thousands of alumni and ministry followers also came to pay their respects.

"A great man of God has gone home and has left a legacy for us," attendee Gloria Davis said.

Many flew from other states, like husband and wife Mark and Paula from Dallas, Texas. Both attended ORU, along with 19 members of their family, and said Roberts changed their lives forever.

A tribute video was played during the service featuring comments from former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, Jerry Lewis, Roy Clark, Coach Eddie Sutton and other notable people.

Evangelist Marilyn Hickey also spoke and gave a call for salvation toward the end of the more-than two-hour service. Shortly after his death, Hickey said on her Web site that she was "honored to serve with him and always amazed at the anointing and miracles we've seen in his life."

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