I first met Bud when I was 14 years of age on November 3, 1968. I remember the night well for that was the night Bud led me to Christ...the night He told me that God loved me, sent His Son, Jesus for me, and desires a relationship with me. I responded in simple faith and told God I would love to know Him personally. That was almost 43 years ago and one decision I will never regret.
I have been thinking about the characteristics of Bud and some of the fingerprints he put on my life. Bud was manly, athletic, intense, focused, penetrating eyes, loved God's Word, memorized books of the bible like 2 Timothy in multiple languages, a missionary, discipler of men, leader of leaders, (recruited over 300 staff for Campus Crusade in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union), loved me, counseled me at critical junctions in my life...and much more.
As a result of his influence on my life, I too have come to love the Word of God and want to engage with it every day of my life. I, too, want to be a leader and developer of men. And most of all, I want to finish my race with joy...completing the work and task that God has given me to do.
Thank you Bud...forever. I look forward to our reunion.