Robert Pierce, Commonly Referred To As Bob, Was Born In

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Robert Pierce, commonly referred to as Bob, was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa in 1914. In his youth, his family moved to Southern California, where he would stay through college. Pierce went to Pasadena Nazarene College to prepare for ministry. In the mid-1930s, Pierce worked as a traveling evangelist in California. Later, he settled in Los Angeles and got connected with the Youth for Christ movement. He became a full-time traveling evangelist for Youth for Christ in 1947. This position allowed him the opportunity to go to Asia to evangelize to them American military serving there. In 1947, Pierce left for China. During this trip, he met a teacher named Tena Hoelkedoer. Tena introduced Pierce to one of the poor, abandoned children that she had…show more content…
In 1970, Pierce founded another ministry, Samaritan’s Purse. The purpose of Samaritan’s Purse is “to meet emergency needs in crisis areas through existing evangelical mission agencies and national churches.” In 1973, Pierce met Franklin Graham. At this time, Graham was a young student with a heart for missions. Graham reached out to Pierce and began to desire to hear all of his mission stories. Pierce shared his experience with Graham and became like a mentor to him. Graham was inspired, and in 1975, Pierce and Graham went on a tour to see the world’s neediest places (“About Us”). It was on this trip that Graham’s heart was exposed and called to meeting the needs of the people in these locations. This conviction was similar to the one that Pierce experienced on his trip to Asia and for this reason he would eventually go into the same type of work that he was doing with Pierce. Robert Pierce died in 1978 of leukemia. Only a year after his death, Franklin Graham took over and became the President and Chairman of the Board of Samaritan’s Purse. Both World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse are still active ministries today. The story of Robert Pierce shows that one person’s conviction can manifest itself in powerful ways. Robert Pierce was not only a great evangelist, but he was a profound leader who understood the importance of connecting and building relationships with those around him. Pierce shows an excellent example of networking with organizations and
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