(excerpted from an article) By Mark Ellis
Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service PASADENA, CALIFORNIA (ANS)
One of the most significant missiological thinkers of the twentieth century, Dr. Ralph Winter, passed away last night (Wednesday, 20th) at his home in Pasadena from complications of cancer. He was 84.
"He was constantly thinking outside the box," said Dr. Dale Kietzman, a professor at William Carey. "He did this to such an extent that you weren't sure what the box was anymore."
"He died with his boots on. Even up to a few weeks ago, he was working on articles that would challenge people with God's purposes. He was always thinking about how to do something differently or better." (Parsons)
"He continued to look for additional frontiers or problems to be solved-issues that block the spread of the gospel of the Glory of Christ to the world. To Winter, identifying the right problem to solve is the most important step in solving it," Greg Parsons, general director at the USCWM noted.
According to Billy Graham, Winters "accelerated world evangelization." Peter Wagner once said, "history will record Winter as one of the half-dozen men who did most to affect world evangelism in the 20th century."
we can make our lives sublime,
and, departing, leave behind us,
footprints on the sands of time."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow