Thursday, July 18, 2002
Supporter Of Persecuted Sudanese Christians and
By Michael Ireland
Brent Noebel, son of Dr. David Noebel, president of Summit Ministries, while at dialysis, went into cardiac arrest and went home to be with the Lord, at approximately 3 o’clock central time Thursday, July 18th.
In January of 1993, Dr. Noebel encouraged Worldview Weekend founder and president Brannon Howse and helped him organize the first Worldview Weekend.
“Dr. Noebel and I spent many weekends traveling the country together and thus developing a close friendship. Through this friendship I came to know his son Brent Noebel very well. Brent was born with Diabetes and has had two kidney transplants, lost his eyesight, was on dialysis 3 times a week,” said Howse.
“Despite his constant trouble with his health, Brent Noebel was a passionate employee of Summit Ministries, serving as a bible study leader for a group of young men that attended each two-week camp throughout the summer. Each Morning at the Summit began with Brent Noebel leading all the Summit students in the raising of the American and Christian flags, pledges and a time of prayer,” Howse said in an e-mail to Worldview Weekend supporters.
“In addition to his passion for Summit and the young people that attended each summer, Brent had a burden for the persecuted church of the Sudan. About 5 years ago Brent began to challenge the young people that attended the camp throughout the summer to join him in contributing money for Bibles, the Jesus Film, movie projectors, and Christian flags to be shipped to the persecuted church of the Sudan. The last couple of summers, Brent and 1400 + that attend the Summit Camps managed to raise $70,000-80,000,” said Howse.
Howse remembered that Brent was found of saying, “Look what a blind guy and a bunch of teenagers can accomplish.”
“During each two-week camp, Brent would gather all Summit students together, discuss with them what it meant to be a Christian and would challenge to make sure they had accepted Christ and knew where they would spend eternity,” Howse said.
“As recently as 4 weeks ago, I interviewed Brent on my national radio program, as well as on another national radio program of which I was the guest host. I wanted to have Brent on so that people listen to these 300 stations could learn about him and be encouraged by his faithfulness. I also wanted to encourage people to consider a contribution to Summit Ministries and the Sudan project that Brent had founded and was running,” said Howse.
“Because many of you know Dr. Noebel from his many appearances at Worldview Weekend events across America, and because many of you know Brent's passion for the persecuted church of the Sudan from our radio program or from our talking about it during our Worldview Weekends, I wanted to send you this e-mail,” Howse said.
“I would like to ask you to send a note of encouragement to Dr. Noebel and the Summit Staff as the next few days and weeks will be very difficult,” said Howse.
Howse said that rather than sending cards and flowers, he would encourage those who know Dr. Noebel to send a contribution in Brent's honor to Summit Ministries and earmark it for the Sudan Project.
He added: "I am certain that Brent Noebel is with individuals not only the he led to Christ personally, but were also led to Christ through his work in the Sudan Project.
"I am honored I had the opportunity to get to know Brent. And I am thankful for the number of lives he's reached here in America and the Sudan."
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