Author of “The twenty-five Unbelievable Years 1945-1969” and many other contributions to the work of Christian missions has gone to be with his Lord. Here is the preliminary report I received only today:

“On May 20, 2009 at 9:05 p.m., Ralph D. Winter passed away in his home in Pasadena, CA.

“He went peacefully, surrounded by three of his four daughters, his wife Barb, and a few friends.

“Many of the staff of the U.S. Center for World Mission and William Carey International University had just finished two days of prayer and fasting when they received the news of his passing. Soon, many friends and staff members gathered at the house. It was a bittersweet moment as they reminisced, sang many of his favorite hymns, and prayed together.

“U.S. Center for World Mission general director Greg Parsons felt prompted to read 1 Corinthians 15. As Dr. Winter’s body was being taken away, Greg came to verses 54 and 55:

 Death has been swallowed up in victory.
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”

Read his obituary in today’s L.A.TIMES