By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director
I like funerals, most funerals that is. That may sound a bit strange, but I have to tell you, I have been at some amazing celebration services. Saturday was another one of those celebration services.
Budd Henderson was 87 years old when the Lord called him home. And he will be missed dearly because he loved God and people, and that left quite a rich legacy.
I will remember him for:
- The way he served in the Joy El Camp kitchen (until a few months ago).
- His great singing voice
- His desire to sacrificially provide for the financial needs of the ministry
- His smile
- His desire to see children grow in their relationship with Jesus.
- Taking home the bacon grease so he could “butter his toast” and who knows what else 🙂
- Serving so faithfully as listener in Released Time (the students called him “Pappy”)
- He had a passion to plant churches and support missions
But what really stands out is how Budd prayed. He was a faithful prayer warrior. Over twenty years ago he started praying for children at summer camp. Once he started praying, he never stopped. He added the children to a notebook and prayed for them every day. Over 200 children prayed for daily!
And that is what I know two hundred children will miss—his intercession before the Father! I can almost see him now among the great cloud of witnesses cheering us on (Hebrews 12:1)!
I praise God for many other volunteers who are praying and serving daily! Thank you to Budd and to the many others who are serving!