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In Memoriam: Galcom Co-Founder Harold Kent

Harold KentGalcom Co-Founder Harold Kent passed away peacefully at his residence on January 23 at age 89 following a long illness.

Kent started Galcom in 1989 together with Allan McGuirl and the late Ken Cromwell, who passed away on January 25, 2013. His 25 yearlong faithfulness and dedication to the mission and vision of Galcom International have largely resulted in more than 10 million people around the world hearing the Good News of Jesus Christ through durable solar powered fix-tuned radios and audio Bibles.

“His love for His Saviour and desire to see many more come to faith in Jesus compelled him,” recalled McGuirl. “He was such a pleasure to work with through all these years. I can’t help thinking about how many people Harold is meeting in heaven who found Jesus because of his generous and faithful giving and praying. His legacy is an everlasting one and he’s now cheering us on from heaven.”

At age 40, Kent met Jesus Christ as his personal savior and his life trajectory was radically altered. In 1988, at a Christian conference, Harold was called to "make fix-tuned radios and distribute them to people around the world who have no other way of hearing the Gospel." Not long after, Kent met Crowell and McGuirl, and the rest is history.

In addition to his contributions to Galcom, Kent, together with his wife, JoAnn, played a key role in sparking a bona-fide people movement to Christ among the 26 million non-literate Banjara gypsies of India, traveling there many times to foster and nourish this indigenous, still-expanding work. To date, these efforts have yielded at least another million souls born-again into the Kingdom Of God. These gains are now being cemented by using MegaVoice solar-rechargeable audio Bibles in Banjara as discipleship tools.

“When we think of Harold Kent, the words gentle, faithful and kind come to mind,” remarked MegaVoice’s Judy Cibene, Crowell’s daughter. “Harold loved his Savior and used his time, energy and resources to further the Kingdom. Harold also loved, and was a great friend to, Israel. He was a blessing to MegaVoice and distributed thousands of Audio Bibles to people throughout the world.” 

According to Galcom, memorial gifts in Kent’s honor will be used to continue his legacy of generously supporting Galcom's global outreach. On March 25, in Tampa, FL, Kent’s life and legacy will be honored at Galcom’s U.S. partner appreciation banquet.

An online memorial to Kent has been set up at www.trinitymemorial.com/obituaries/Harold-Kent/#!/Obituary. He is survived by his wife, three children, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Published: February 6, 2014

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