Missionary and evangelist Tommy Lee (T.L.) Osborn, who established Osborn Ministries International with his wife, Daisy, in 1949 in Tulsa, died Thursday, Feb. 14.
Their ministry reached more than 100 nations and had daily meetings that featured up to 300,000 attendees.
The couple married at ages 17 and 18 and went on to spread the Gospel in India at ages 20 and 21.
Their life commitment was to express and propagate the Gospel of Christ to all people throughout the world and their motto was: One Way - Jesus; One Job - Evangelism.
Osborn was known for his preference for face-to-face preaching over television ministry and was said to be the first missionary to hold public meetings in non-Christian nations.
In a statement on Osborn's website, daughter LaDonna Osborn said he was known as "the Father of the Gospel."
Osborn was also a best-selling author known for his book, Healing the Sick: A Living Classic. More than 1 million copies of the book have been printed in English alone.
His books The Message that Works, God's Love Plan, and The Good Life are textbooks in Bible schools around the world.
Other programs launched through the Osborn's ministry were the Osborn DocuMiracle films and videos and the Osborn National Missionary Assistance Program.
The Osborn DocuMiracle films and videos are offered in 70 languages in 115 nations, and the Osborn National Missionary Assistance Program has helped establish more than 150,000 new churches.
An Oklahoma native, Osborn was born on the family farm in Pocasset.
He was longtime friends with Oral Roberts, whom he attributes to inspiring his ministry. The two men met in Sand Springs in the mid-1930s.
An international memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m., March 6, at Oral Roberts University's Christ's Chapel. Osborn was 89.
Watch T.L. Osborn’s past appearances on “The 700 Club.”
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