Got word last night that Dick Snavely, founder of Family Life Ministries/Network (headquartered in Bath, NY) had transferred into the presence of our Lord.
He had been ill for many months, was ready…even eager…to step out of this life into the next.
I’ve known Dick at some level for almost four decades. For 21 of those years he was my “boss” as I served at Family Life.
For all of those years he was my friend.
Certainly not old enough to be my dad, but he was as close to a Dad as I had.
Over the years I sought his counsel on many crucial decisions. Over those years he offered unsolicited counsel, but in a kind and gentle way that I recognized was designed only to help me mature as a man and as a follower of Christ.
Perfect? Of course not.
And he’d be the first to say so.
But consistent, caring, and compassionate.
He wrote and published an autobiography several years ago An Ordinary Guy with The Extraordinary God which is also a history of the ministry he founded.
I last saw him a couple years ago. He was frail, but had a sharp mind. Prayed for me before I left.
And I pray comfort for his precious wife Jackie, and for the rest of the immediate family; and for the Spirit-extended family…the thousands upon thousands of lives “impacted with the message of hope” through this wonderful man.
If you never had the chance to meet him, perhaps I’ll have the privilege of introducing you to him in glory.
During times of victory (radio sharathons etc) Dick always…as in always, led us in singing this song…