Evangelist Luis Palau was named No. 31 on The Oregonian’s “100 greatest Oregonians ever” list, which recognizes “the most accomplished and influential Oregonians of all time ranked based on their impacts on their field of endeavor, our state and the world.”
“This is such an honor, but of course, Dad won’t ever bring it up,” said Andrew Palau, son of Luis Palau, in a press release. “Dad’s big goal is to help people ‘settle the big question’ about God, their value, their purpose. He’s been used by God to share the Good News of Jesus with millions of people around the world, and this recognition is further evidence of the inspiring work Dad has done for over 60 years.”
For more than six decades, Palau and his ministry – based in Beaverton, Oregon – have shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with hundreds of millions of people through evangelistic events and media. Palau has spoken in person to more than 30 million people in 75 countries with more than 1 million registered decisions for Jesus Christ. He has authored close to 50 books, contributed articles on issues of faith to countless publications, and counseled business leaders, political leaders, and heads of state around the world. Furthermore, Palau’s radio broadcasts in English and Spanish are heard by millions on 5,000 radio outlets in 48 countries.
Earlier this year, Palau was named a recipient of NRB’s Hall of Fame Award – an honor that goes to an NRB member who has made an invaluable contribution to the field of Christian communications, has demonstrated the highest standards, and has exhibited faithfulness in Jesus.
“Luis Palau is a model Christian evangelist and Gospel broadcaster who has had a monumental impact on the world for Christ,” NRB’s president & CEO, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, said in announcing Palau's Hall of Fame Award.
In January, Palau was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, for which he recently completed eight weeks immunotherapy treatment following two rounds of chemotherapy treatment.
“His vitals are great, as they have been from the beginning,” reported Palau’s son Kevin in a July 23 update.
“Thank you for your continued prayers. We serve a good God!”
Others on The Oregonian’s“100 greatest Oregonians ever” list, published July 16, include 19th century explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark; “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening; author Beverly Cleary; NBA players Bill Walton and Clyde Drexler; and President Herbert Hoover.
To qualify for inclusion, the “Great Ones” – as The Oregonian dubbed them – had to be native Oregonians or have lived some key part of their lives in the state. Palau moved to the state in his mid-twenties for a graduate program in biblical studies.
For access to the full list, visit www.oregonlive.com.
By NRB Staff
Published: August 2, 2018