PLANS FOR NEW developments in the seminary were under way soon after David Hubbard occupied the president's office. I was inaugurated as dean of the faculty several months prior to his becoming president. Now he appointed me to head up a committee to make recommendations for revising the curriculum for the three-year seminary course. Harold Lindsell, who was still with the seminary as vice-president, was appointed to head up a committee to design the requirements for a fourth year of study that would lead to the Doctor of Ministry degree. A number of other seminaries were moving in this direction, and the faculty of Fuller Seminary saw such a program as an opportunity to upgrade training for the ministry.
Primarily through the initiative of board member C. Davis Weyerhaeuser, the seminary further broadened its horizon by launching a satellite School of Psychology. People who enrolled in this school would take much of the theology and biblical studies of the divinity program and then would continue for another four years to earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree and be qualified as clinical psychologists. During David Hubbard's first year as president many conferences and consultations were held to make plans for such a school, and when Dr. Lee Travis agreed a year or so later to be the dean of this new school, final steps were then taken to commence its operation in the fall of 1965. The School of Psychology has been in operation ever since, and as of fall, 1971, has conferred degrees on seventeen graduates who are serving the churches in various ways as Christian psychologists. Not only do these men uphold a Christian approach to psychology in the various clinics in which they now serve; many also work in conjunction with churches as counselors to whom pastors can refer problem cases that require special help.
It wasn't long after the seminary began to think about having a satellite school alongside its main program that wheels began to turn inside the mind of Charles Fuller, who as a member of its board of trustees was still very involved in the ongoing life of the school.
Though seventy-seven years old now, he dreamed of promoting still another venture that would help finish the task of evangelizing the world. Why not have alongside the main seminary program also a satellite school of missions? His seminary now had a full-time president with the energy, time, and ability to launch and administer several new programs, so why not let him use all this to start a school of missions? Charles Fuller and the board of trustees soon thereafter directed David Hubbard to launch plans for such a school.
Actually the thought of having such a school in conjunction with the seminary had been in the back of Charles Fuller's mind for the past seven years. In going through my father's sermons and records of the broadcast shortly after his death, I was amazed to find the following statement made during the course of a sermon preached on the "Old Fashioned Revival Hour" in 1957, when the program still originated from Long Beach:
Pray for laborers! God speaking tells us that the laborers are few, that the multitudes are scattered as sheep having no shepherd. I am informed along this line that in the Protestant branch of Christianity, there are some 30,000 home and foreign missionaries. The world's population I believe exceeds two billion people. And I have been told that if the Protestant branch alone would really catch the vision and give as God leads, and have a compassionate heart and pour out as God has prospered, 350,000 missionaries would be sent as flaming evangels across the nations. And who knows but that if we could send 350,000 true missionaries, the world would be evangelized in one generation and Jesus would come we would hasten His coming. The crime of it is that a lot of the present 30,000 missionaries are living on some things hardly able to keep body and soul together. Pray! And if we pray in real honest faith believing, God will answer by asking some that pray to go. Did it ever occur to you that actually every born-again believer is a foreign missionary? Let me explain. Colossians 1:13 tells us that at conversion you and I who have received Christ are delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of God's dear Son. Couple that with Philippians 3:20. It informs us that our citizenship is in heaven. You and I are strangers and pilgrims here. This world is not our home. And in the true sense of the word every believer is a foreign missionary, a witness here on this earth unto Jesus. Let's all begin at home, in your neighborhood, your business, and your circle of friends begin at Jerusalem,
Judea, Samaria, and then to the uttermost parts of the earth. Begin first and say, Lord, lay some souls upon my heart and help me to win those souls to thee. That's what the Church of Jesus Christ needs.
And may I be just a little personal. May I just take you into my confidence. Ten years ago God raised up Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. This Seminary stands true to the inspired Word of God, true to the faith once delivered. At the end of ten years, God has give us four hundred graduates, highly trained but above all spiritually minded and enlightened. Ninety of these four hundred graduates are either on the mission field or are learning the language, ready to take their place to witness for Jesus Christ. Twenty-two and a half percent of our graduates are on the mission fields. But I'll tell you something that is on my heart and that is that God would somehow lay it upon the hearts of the people world-wide to stand by in prayer and help us to make the Missions and Evangelistic departments of the Fuller Theological Seminary the best, highest, truest training departments in all the world for missions and evangelism. That is my burden, and I will be so glad if the Lord permits me to see that before He comes or He takes me home. We have a fine Missions department and a fine Evangelism department under Dr. Booth, formerly of Providence, Rhode Island, and God is blessing. The boys are soul-winners, the teachers are soul-winners; but I want to see a training school that will outshine anything, for God's glory. Will you pray with me? Oh, the need is so great. I can hardly sleep. And I want to say to you what joy, what heart satisfaction, to see God's choice young men and women, not only to be trained as missionaries and teachers, but to be His sent-forth ones into the fields where millions have not yet heard the precious name of Jesus. Old Fashioned Revival Hour friends, under God I believe that is what he would have all of us do on this Hour to emphasize missions and evangelism in these closing days.
Thus in the fall of 1964, David Hubbard appointed a school of missions committee, with Dr. William S. LaSor, professor of Old Testament at the seminary since 1948, as its chairman. He was a master of a dozen or more languages and a specialist in Semitics, but he had always been very concerned about foreign missions, and he threw his whole heart into directing the committee to dream and plan about such a new school. That committee was greatly helped by Dr. J. Christy Wilson, Sr., who was teaching a missions course at Fuller Seminary at that time. For many years he had been a missionary to the Arab world and was cast somewhat in the mold of
Dr. Samuel Zwemer. Dr. J. Kenneth Strachan, general director of the Latin America Mission, had also been teaching Missions with his particular emphasis on "Evangelism in Depth" at the seminary since the preceding spring. These two men met with the committee each Monday afternoon and helped most by a school whose curriculum was built around linguistics, comparative religions, anthropology, theology, or the history of missions. Would the teaching of a school of missions sufficiently differ from that of a seminary to justify setting up a separate school? David Hubbard, William LaSor, and I picked the brains of many a missionary leader as he came through Pasadena that year in order to get some lead on how such a school might be set up.
Early in 1965 our attention focused upon Dr. Donald McGavran, who several years before had founded an Institute of Church Growth in connection with the Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon. Donald McGavran had been a missionary in India for thirty years. A characteristic trait of his work there was his conviction that the task of a missionary was not fulfilled simply by proclaiming the Gospel whether or not any conversions resulted. He was impressed that Paul had not stayed long where there was little or no response to the Gospel but had used his time and energy among people who were responsive. Therefore in 1937 Donald McGavran had asked the leaders of his mission to send him to an area in India whose people gave evidence of being more receptive to the Gospel.
Donald McGavran also knew that the people in Africa, Asia and Latin America are bound together in more tightly structured societies than in North America and Europe. In a country like India, people act more in concert with their family and social group than they do as individuals. Thus as he and his wife evangelized the villages of this part of India, they worked more to see groups of families turn to Christ than to single out individuals with whom they would then work. As a result, a church would be established in a village as a group of families turned to Christ. When the McGavrans left that area in 1954, there were on-going churches of about ten families in each of fifteen villages.
Encouraged by this experience, Donald McGavran made a study of missionary enterprises in other lands, in order to understand why churches in one area had shown growth over the years, while other
missionary efforts sometimes had only a handful of converts to show for it all. He began to discover certain principles which explained, in part, why some churches grew while others languished, and he spelled these out chiefly in two books, The Bridges of God (1955) and How Churches Grow (1959), which were widely read in the missionary world.
As a result, missionaries increasingly consulted him about the peculiar situations in their own fields. To satisfy this demand, in 1961 Donald McGavran began the Institute of Church Growth at Eugene, Oregon. This school of missions was set up to help missionaries who had already been on the foreign field; it was not for college or seminary graduates who were yet to go abroad. Each year about fifteen missionaries home on furlough and from many different mission boards came to study with Donald McGavran. During this time he would help them formulate the questions that should be asked about their fields in order that the crucial factors influencing or hindering the growth of churches would come to light. As these missionaries would propose changes in the strategy to increase the rate by which converts would become active church members, McGavran would cross-examine them to help them think out their strategy with greater clarity.
Mr. Alan Tippett was one of the first missionaries to come to Eugene. An Australian, he had been a missionary in the Fiji Islands for twenty years. He studied with Donald McGavran the first year, and then as he worked toward his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Oregon only a block away, he began to teach part time in the Institute of Church Growth. He received his doctorate in 1964, so that both he and Dr. McGavran, who had received his Ph.D. from Yale some years before, constituted a small but qualified faculty for a school of missions which already had a clientele of career missionaries.
As the committee at Fuller Seminary carried on conversations with missionary leaders, the name of Donald McGavran and the term "church growth" kept coming up. Why shouldn't a school of missions primarily emphasize the question of why churches grow? With such an emphasis in the forefront, a school would be less prone to veer away from the task of evangelism than might be the case if its primary emphasis were, say, linguistics, or anthropology. Then, too, Donald McGavran already had a functioning school of missions
that missionary leaders the world over regarded as contributing vitally to their task. So we began conversations with Donald McGavran to explore the possibility of his moving his school to Pasadena. How much better it would be to commence with a school of missions that was already functioning and serving the missionary cause! In the spring of 1965, an invitation was extended to him and Alan Tippett to move their Institute of Church Growth to Pasadena, where their school would become another satellite school to the Fuller Theological Seminary. They accepted the invitation, and the School of World Mission and Institute of Church Growth opened on the Fuller Seminary campus in the fall of 1965 with Dr. McGavran as dean under President Hubbard and Dr. Alan Tippett as the second faculty member. Sixteen career missionaries from twelve lands came to study that first year in Pasadena.
Thus at a time in life when Charles Fuller would have been perfectly justified to settle back and carry on his radio broadcast until the Lord took him home, he once again ventured forth for God, like Caleb, and brought substance to the vision God had given him since 1957. But in enabling this school to begin, God did exceeding abundantly above all we could ask and think. A school of missions had been regarded as a place where young people fresh out of college or seminary would get further training in missions before going overseas. But when we talked in such terms with mission executives, we noted that they were dubious that this type of school would be of much help. They were not sure that what they needed most were missionary candidates who had had an extra dose of classroom courses in missions. They feared that graduates from such a school with a degree in missions might be somewhat less teachable and might find it harder to learn the lessons that only mission field experience provides. But now God had worked to raise up a school which veteran missionaries attended while on furlough. Because such people were already experienced missionaries, they could far more readily appreciate and profit from the teaching of such veteran missionaries as Donald McGavran and Alan Tippett. And missions executives have certainly shown no small interest in such a school, for each year more have seen to it that their key missionaries take a course of study at Fuller's School of World Mission and Institute of Church Growth.
At the present time (fall, 1971), this school has a faculty of six
and a student body of more than eighty missionaries and nationals, from forty-one separate countries. Some two hundred fifty missionaries have attended there in the past seven years, and sixty-four of them have received degrees. Many a missionary will testify how much this school has helped him. It has become so popular among missionaries that it is regarded as the place to go if one can possibly work it out during his furlough.
Today Donald McGavran remains actively engaged in teaching, but has transferred the deanship of the school to Dr. Arthur Glasser, once a missionary to China and then home director for North America of the Overseas Missionary Fellowship (formerly the China Inland Mission). The most recent addition to this school's faculty is the Rev. C. Peter Wagner, who graduated from Fuller Seminary in 1955 and then spent sixteen years as a missionary in Bolivia. The board of the Fuller Evangelistic Association recently brought him on to serve also as its executive director.
In the spring of 1965, while plans were moving swiftly to open the doors of the new School of World Mission in a few months, Charles Fuller also called upon David Hubbard to preach for him occasionally on the "Old Fashioned Revival Hour." In introducing him to his radio audience, he said,
Beloved friends, we're so thankful to our Lord for directing Dr. David Hubbard to us to become president of the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Dr. Hubbard is doing an excellent job, and I've asked him to come and give a message today on the "Old Fashioned Revival Hour," that you, too, may come to know him and learn something of his vision for the work.
We're so thankful God is opening so many doors to Dr. David Hubbard, using this dedicated and gifted young man to speak in colleges and universities over the United States and Canada. If you have the opportunity to hear him, you should do so. A warm welcome to you, David. The microphone will be yours in a few minutes, and may God's blessing be upon you.
Miss Mae Douglas was another person who had come on the scene in these days to provide support for Charles Fuller. In December, 1963, his faithful secretary for twenty-five years, Miss Rose Baessler, passed away, but the Lord led in bringing Mae Douglas
to become the executive secretary for the GBA and FEA. In the months and years ahead, as Charles Fuller's strength declined, and ever since his death in 1968, her gifts of wisdom, intelligence, and initiative have been essential for enabling us to carry on the work of the radio and the FEA.
Shadows were lengthening for Charles Fuller as the School of World Mission opened its doors in September, 1965. Mrs. Fuller's health had begun to deteriorate that preceding June, and by now she was bedridden a good part of the time. The physicians could not diagnose her ailment even after they had made an exploratory abdominal operation in December. During the winter and spring months of 1966 Mrs. Fuller spent most of her time propped up on the couch in the living room, while her husband constantly hovered and worried over her. In May she became so weak that she was taken to the hospital.
She was conscious for ten more days, and Charles Fuller spent most of his waking hours with her at the hospital. Even when she lapsed into a coma, he remained near at hand and spent his time preparing the next sermons to be preached on the "Old Fashioned Revival Hour." Though now cut off from her, he nevertheless felt close to her as he wrote sermons, for he said, "This is what she would want me to be doing working as hard as I can to keep getting the Gospel out." Then early in the afternoon of June 11, 1966, when Charles Fuller had returned home for a few minutes, the phone rang and the doctor sadly informed him that Mrs. Fuller had passed away. He penned a note that day which was later discovered among his papers:
"June 11, 1966. 2:30 P.M. Grace at home with the Lord. 54 years nine months of wonderful life together. Good night, 'honey.' We will see each other in the coming eternal morning. Charles."
A great sense of lonliness came upon Charles Fuller after the well-attended funeral at Lake Avenue Congregational Church and the committal service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The broadcasts for that summer had all been made up to the next October, and so he did not have, during those difficult months, the camaraderie of the choir which he enjoyed so much on Sunday afternoons as they all met together to make recordings. But he spent his days working on sermons for the forthcoming broadcasts that would be recorded in the fall. He announced that he would be commencing
another series on "The Tabernacle in the Wilderness." It was of great help that I and my family lived only four blocks away, for he often had meals with us and loved to hear about the latest things the grandchildren were doing. On Sundays we would all attend church together. We also got out of town that summer (1966) to Wawona in Yosemite National Park, arranging things so that my father could live at the hotel while the rest of us camped nearby.
Charles Fuller was also helped in getting through that summer by accepting an invitation from the Young Life Campaign to spend two weeks at their Malibu resort on the shore of British Columbia. He greatly enjoyed watching how the Young Life staff presented the Gospel to these mostly non-Christian young people and how they were successful in winning many of them to Christ. He found companionship in the other guests who were there, and reports came back of the great blessing that he was to all.
Knowing how lonesome my father was, I urged him to accept an invitation to be one of the delegates to the Congress on Evangelism to be held in Berlin in November, 1966. Evangelical leaders from all over the world would be at that congress, and he would meet many who had followed his ministry by radio over the years. He finally decided to go, and it seems that there in Berlin God gave him a little glimpse of the great effect of his ministry. Christian leaders from all over the world, people who were total strangers, kept seeking him out to tell him that it was through his ministry that they had either been converted or led to dedicate their lives to the preaching of the Gospel. So many kept coming to him that some days he found it hard to get back to his hotel for a full night's rest.
While in Berlin, evangelist Merv Rosell recorded an interview he had with Charles Fuller so that he could later play it on his (Rosell's) broadcast. The following excerpts from this interview give an insight into my father's thoughts after preaching the Gospel for fifty years:
Fuller: Well, Merv, I'll tell you, I think that evangelism is the very heart of the whole thing, and let me just say this: in 2 Timothy 4 it speaks of preaching the Word, but it also says there, do the work of an evangelist . . . . And I mean work, traveling under all kinds of conditions and all kinds of problems that come up and pressures and you know the misunderstandings.
It's a terrific job, and you've got to be as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove, and yet not in any way trim your message or give up any principles, and just stand there and preach the Word in no uncertain terms.
Rosell: Dr. Fuller, what would you advise the young people to do?
Fuller: I would advise them first of all to let the Word of God dwell in them richly; that is, master it. . . .Then it is so important to know the will of God, and that which you feel at home in and love to do. God will open the door. You must remember we are ordained from before the foundation of the world to bring forth good works and fruit, and before you and I came into the world, God had a plan on the boards of the architectural plans in heaven about exactly what we are going to do. And when I found out that according to Ephesians 2:10 "we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God had before ordained that we should walk in them," I simply said, "Well, Lord, show me your plan for me." I don't know what His plan is for others.
Rosell: Right. We must get it from God.
Fuller: We must get it from God. And he that doeth the will of the Father shall abide forever. The moment that you are in that will, then all things work together for good I don't care what it is.
Rosell: Now let me personally and publicly thank you for all the encouragement you have given to me in my campaigns and to Billy Graham and to all of the men who are working so hard for Jesus Christ and the evangelists here many of them owe tribute of thanksgiving not to you but to God for what you have done in faithfulness. And I recall the happy days when on the platforms [at Philadelphia and Des Moines and Waterloo, Iowa] you encouraged me to go on and win souls for Jesus Christ . . . Have you any idea, Dr. Fuller, of the people you have preached to since you went on the radio?
Fuller: Well, Merv, I don't know about the figure, whether it's right or not, but the radio officials tell me that my audience runs twenty million a Sunday . . . [But] the Lord will tell me when I get to glory.
Rosell: You're going into the room and check the statistics?
Fuller: I sure am.
Rosell: Get the Nielsen Rating in glory.
Fuller: Merv, you know that we talk about our converts, and you know, I've learned this some Sunday school teacher or some godly mother has planted the seed, and we water. Sometimes we also plant the seed and someone else waters it, and if I ever have a part in somebody's salvation or conversion, well, praise the Lord! I don't care who did what as long as people are brought across the line.
Rosell: We are workers together with Jesus Christ. And now let me say to the radio audience, I am sitting with Dr. Fuller in Congress Hall, Berlin, where the benediction of his presence is a blessing to all the evangelists who have gathered from around the world, and we want to express again, Dr. Fuller, gratitude from the hearts of all the radio people for your ministry to Jesus Christ, and will you pray for me.
Fuller: I will, Merv.
Charles Fuller's spirits were greatly lifted after his return from Berlin. He found it possible to go on living in the apartment, even though its atmosphere in every corner reminded him of his beloved helpmeet. He found surcease from loneliness through spending whole days in Bible study and preparing messages for the broadcasts. Evenings he would spend either with close friends, many of whom were board members of the GBA and FEA, or with Ruth and me and the grandchildren. He also took walks through the California Institute of Technology, whose campus was just a block away from his apartment. During Easter vacation he took us to Grand Canyon National Park, which we all enjoyed thoroughly.
On April 7, 1967, the Fuller Theological Seminary celebrated its twentieth anniversary and honored its founders Charles Fuller and Harold Ockenga, who just twenty years before had met in Palm Springs and Chicago to launch the seminary. This was an unusually happy meeting. Accolades came to both men from many of the almost one thousand graduates of the seminary as well as from
Christian leaders everywhere. Over five hundred guests jammed the Viennese Room of the Huntington-Sheraton Hotel in Pasadena. Billy Graham was the featured speaker, and he spoke warmly of his indebtedness to Charles Fuller and Harold Ockenga:
Now my sermons may not have helped very many people, but the sermons and the life of Charles Fuller and Harold Ockenga have blessed and inspired and enriched my own life. Both of these men in their own unique way have encouraged me in my ministry. I've gone to both of them for advice and counsel for many years. They've never been too busy to give me their time and to help a struggling young preacher many years ago in many ways that they'll never know. There are no two men more deserving in the Christian world today of the honors that have been bestowed on them tonight. It's difficult for us to remember in 1933. The churches were empty. The church treasuries were emptier. There was no Gospel on the radio, hardly any. Religion was hardly ever in the newspapers, except on rare occasions. And we were in the midst of an even greater spiritual depression. And Sunday after Sunday there was the voice of Charles Fuller, crying in the wilderness. Spreading an umbrella of the Gospel across the world. And I used to listen. And I thought, if I could ever meet that man and shake his hand. I finally met two men that had met him, and that was a tremendous privilege.
Dr. Fuller came into the lives and into the homes of millions and millions of people as a friend. We all thought we knew him personally, and I think we do, and did. And then to get to know him and see that his life backed up everything he said on the radio. And to get to know Mrs. Fuller in even a small way, as I said today, one of the great women of our generation. And I'm sure if I understand the Scriptures correctly, that she is a witness to what is happening here tonight and rejoicing with us and standing waiting until we get there. And we're going to have a banquet in the sky when our Lord Jesus Christ will hand out the rewards and every man will have his praise of God.
Charles Fuller also made some remarks, and the following excerpt was really his last public statement about the deep intentions that had shaped his ministry:
And I pray God that we may reach the last possible soul, and get the good news of God's love before them and give them a good chance to accept the Savior and Redeemer. And I hope and pray that God will give me the chance to do it someday, even now. I'd love to go out
and stay in the wilds, and meet the corner groceryman or meet the gas station attendant, or go to a homestead and just sit down and talk about the things of the Lord. And I'll say this one thing. That I'm not thinking about the number listening in on the program. When I'm preaching over the air, I'm preaching to grandma who's sitting in the rocking chair. I'm talking to some poor lonely soul that needs Jesus Christ. One time from Long Beach I stopped in the middle of the broadcast. And I said, "Someone, somewhere, is about ready to take his or her life." And the following Wednesday came a special delivery letter from Indianapolis from a young woman from an Iowa farm who went the downward path, and she was starting for the bathroom to take some poison when that voice came out from over the radio, "Please stop. Jesus loves you. Kneel by your bed and give your heart to Christ." And in the letter she said that she had been obedient, and thanked me for it.
So I thank you for all of these commendations and resolutions. I don't know what else to say except to say from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Seven weeks after this banquet, our phone rang about 5:30 one morning and my father said, "Dan, I've got bad pain in my heart have had it for some time during the night. Please call the doctor and come over and see me." After examining him, the doctor recommended that he be taken to the hospital for further observation, and there it was learned that he was suffering from congestive heart failure. But he improved sufficiently to return to his apartment and be cared for there by a private nurse. A month later, however, his condition worsened and this time he spent almost two months in the hospital. Several times the doctor thought he was on the verge of passing away. But his very strong constitution was not yet ready to give up, and he rallied sufficiently to be moved to a convalescent home in northern Pasadena.
He stayed there for six months until he passed away on March 18, 1968. Until after New Year's Day he was well enough to receive visitors and even have me take him out for automobile rides. David Hubbard1 and I visited him almost daily. Scores of people came
to see him there and to tell him how much his ministry had meant to them over the years. His spirits improved enough that fall for him even to feel that he might be able to resume preaching on the broadcast, though he was now past eighty. He worked on outlines for some sermons on the psalms.
His spirits were also buoyed as he looked forward to New Year's Day and the three football games he could watch on his television set. He did watch the games that day, but evidently he got so involved in them that he used up too much strength watching the sport he had played so well in college and had loved ever since. Thereafter he seemed to lose enthusiasm for everything except to urge us to keep the broadcast going.
One of the last things he said to me was, "As I look back on my life, how glad I am that I have spent it preaching the Gospel. I'm so glad I gave my life over to the Lord to become a preacher that day I knelt in the packing house in Placentia." I have often reflected on how great a blessing it is to be able to say, as death is approaching, that one has spent his life doing God's will. One's life is wasted unless he can say this.
The Lake Avenue Church was crowded for Charles Fuller's funeral. Harold Ockenga recounted the various ways he and Charles Fuller had worked together during the past thirty years. "We were closer as friends than I have been to any other living man in connection with any other work which we have undertaken." Their work together had been chiefly in the founding of the seminary, and Harold Ockenga recalled that he had spent seventy-five weeks as a guest in Charles Fuller's home during the years he had come west on seminary matters. "I saw him there in the home," he related,
. . . and consulted with him and enjoyed his counsel. Almost every morning when we were together he would come down to the area where I was staying, just after breakfast, and we would first talk about the matters of the seminary, and about the whole evangelical picture in the world, and about his vision and the vision which God had given me. And then we would pray about these things and commit them unto the Lord and believe that the Lord would answer prayer. We had a very close fellowship in prayer.
On my thirtieth anniversary in Boston [in November, 1966], he came as he did also on the twenty-fifth anniversary. I remember we went up into the hotel room and talked these things all over, and then we
knelt down. and Charles put his hands on me, and he prayed for me at that time in a wonderful way.
And I remember then, just last fall, when I said good-bye to him in the convalescent home not far from here, and said to him a few things of personal note, then I put my hands on him, and prayed in like manner for him. And God has blessed us in these ways in a remarkable vision with a friend. And when I remember him, I remember him in this way.
David Hubbard also spoke and recalled,
How many times he has said to us at the seminary, and to me personally, day after day, time after time, "Preach the Word." . . . He was a great one to quote Scripture to me if I'd be riled up about something. I'd bring a problem "A soft answer," he would tell me, "turns away wrath." "Live peaceably with all men." "Seek peace and pursue it." I can hear his words now. Time and again, even in these last months, I would leave his bedside and he would say, "Dave, God will give you wisdom. God will give you wisdom." And he believed this, and I believed it, and there was something of the strength of his faith that buoyed my own even in the midst of his weakness.
After the funeral a procession of nearly one hundred cars followed the hearse to Forest Lawn. Perhaps Rudy Atwood's statement of how he felt and what he did when he returned home from that funeral can express the feelings of many of us: "I remember, after Dr. Fuller's funeral, I came home, sat down at the piano, and played, 'He the Pearly Gates Will Open.' As I thought of the loss of that great Christian warrior, and his abundant entrance into our Lord's presence, I felt the need of the comfort and inspiration of that old hymn."2
1. In December, 1968, the board of trustees of the Gospel Broadcasting Association voted to bring Dr. David A. Hubbard on as executive director and featured speaker on the "Old Fashioned Revival Hour," and he has been the speaker on the broadcast, now called "The Joyful Sound," ever since March 2, 1969.
2. Rudy Atwood, The Rudy Atwood Story (Old Tappan, N.J.: Fleming H. Revell, 1970), pp. 68 f.
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