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From the Summer 2017 issue of Knowing & Doing:

Life of J. Christy Wilson Jr. (1921-1999) and His Worldwide Discipling Ministry

by Ken Wilson
Author of  Where No One Has Heard, a biography of J. Christy Wilson, Jr.

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 Christy’s former students’ remembrances of him are remarkably consistent: he would pray with you anytime and anyplace; he knew your name long before you knew his; he loved to tell stories of what God is doing throughout the world; he had a contagious smile and an infectious laugh; and he gave you a picture of what it looks like to be a lover of Christ.

Exchanging His Life for That Which Endures

 There are many things for which a person can exchange his or her life. Some will endure and others will not. A list of those things that will not endure is quite long: riches, fame, strength, knowledge, possessions, power, status, our physical bodies, kingdoms, nations, the heavens, the earth. However, that which endures forever is a short list indeed: God, God’s word, human souls, and love (Ps. 90:2; 1 Pet. 1:23–25; 1 John 5:11–13; 1 Cor. 13:8).
 Christy Wilson invested his life in the latter. He left a lasting legacy, and the ripple effect of his life continues to spread to people, ethnic groups, and nations throughout the world. His life continues to grow God’s kingdom and to reveal the splendor of the God he loved so much and served so well.



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Ken Wilson is the author of Finding God in the Bible, Too Amazing to Keep to Yourself, and Where No One Has Heard. He is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a recipient of the Denman Evangelism Award. He has served with The Navigators, Youth for Christ and Young Life, as well as in local church leadership. He works as a bridge engineer and project manager with Michael Baker International, and he graduated from Cornell University and the University of Illinois with degrees in engineering. He and his wife, Mimi, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania


Recommended Reading:
Ken Wilson, Where No One Has Heard: The Life of J. Christy Wilson, Jr. (William Carey Library Publishers, 2015)

“J. Christy Wilson will go down in history as one of the great and courageous missionaries for the gospel in the twentieth century.” (Billy Graham) Who was J. Christy Wilson Jr.? Many have never heard his name, but Christy Wilson’s life had a ripple effect in modern missions. Read the first full biography of the humble, adventurous man of prayer who helped launch the Urbana missions conference, pioneered ministry in Afghanistan when others thought it impossible, mobilized hundreds of students toward world evangelization, and reintroduced the biblical idea of leveraging one’s profession for the kingdom with the term “tentmaking.” Riveting, uplifting, and frequently amusing, this book will challenge you to reconsider what is possible when we dare to yield to Christ and His purposes in the world.

Recommended Reading:
J. Christy Wilson, Jr., More to be Desired than Gold: A Collection of True Stories as Told by J. Christy Wilson, Jr., compiled by Ivan S. Chow, edited by Helen S. Mooradkanian (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, fourth edition, 1998)

This easy-to-read, powerful book contains more than 100 stories as told by Dr. J. Christy Wilson to his classes. More to be Desired than Gold demonstrates what life is like as a missionary. Reading a story or two from this book each day will enrich and inspire your quiet time!

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