Christ for the Nations Founder Freda Lindsay Dies

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Ministry pioneer Freda Lindsay, who founded Christ For The Nations Institute in 1970 alongside her late-husband Gordon, has died. She was 95.

CBN was informed of Lindsay's passing early Friday morning.

"We are sad that she has left us, but joyful that she has lived a long, fruitful life and is even now enjoying her reward in the Presence of the Lord Jesus Christ," the Lindsay family said in a statement.

CBN News spoke with Freda Lindsay's sons, Gilbert and Dennis-- who is the current president of Christ for the Nations.  Click play for their memories of their mother and her life of ministry.

Also, watch a special archive interview with Freda Lindsay here.

CFNI is a ministry that has always been dear to Dr. Pat Robertson and the CBN family.

"I have known and loved Freda for over 40 years, and have marveled at her indomitable spirit and wisdom which have guided Christ For The Nations from its humble beginnings to the place that it now occupies in international Christian education," Robertson said.  "We are all diminished at the loss of this great lady."

Fond Memories

Lindsay was born April 18, 1914. Her husband Gordon died in 1973, just three years after founding the global ministry.

Lindsay's son, Dennis, who is currently president of CFNI, recalls how his mother always told him to "remember the Word."

She'd read the Bible more than 70 times, he said, and often reminded the students at CFNI the "three-five" rule -- read three chapters daily and five on Sunday to complete the Bible in a year.

"The Word has to be implanted in our hearts before we can live it out in a practical way," Dennis told CBN News. "She was very strong on discipleship before the students."

He added that his mother was big on healing and throughout her life, she shared the testimony of how God healed her from tuberculosis.

"The Lord helped her through so many different things that challenged her physically and she just kept going and going like the little Energizer commercial," Dennis said.

Lindsay's oldest son, Gilbert, prints literature for the ministry to distribute. He says his mom will be remembered for her commitment to spreading God's Word.

"The legacy from her was really an extension of my dad's legacy and that was to do anything you could to reach the Gospel for the whole world," he said.

A Lasting Impact

Christ For The Nations' global reach extends to 120 nations, with books in 81 languages, worldwide relief projects, and helping native congregations in more than 11,000 churches all over the world.

Jack Doussard, who was a student at the Institute from 1975-1979, spoke of the impact the ministry had on his life.

"When I was there, I probably learned more about prayer and fasting than anywhere," he said. "I think it's made a big difference in terms of me being able to handle the ebbs and flows of life."

Doussard spoke of how what he learned through Lindsay's ministry empowers his own ministry efforts and outlook to this day.

'Going to Heaven'

Dennis says it seems his mother knew it was about time for her to "retire."

A few weeks ago, Lindsay visited the Creation Museum CFNI has developed on its campus. After viewing the dinosaur exhibit, she turned to the students and said, "I'm going to Heaven in just a couple of weeks."

"We thought she was just saying something that she wasn't aware of, but in fact she may have been prophesying that she knew something-- that she was about ready to go to Heaven," Dennis said.

Lindsay is survived by her three children, Gilbert and his wife Shirley, Shira and her husband Ari, and Dennis and his wife Ginger, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A public viewing will be held in the Parham Auditorium on the CFNI campus, March 31, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The memorial service will be held in the CFNI Institute Building, Thursday, April 1, at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the ministry asks that gifts be designated to the Freda Lindsay Legacy Fund.

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