By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
LAKE FOREST, CA (ANS – April 26, 2017) — A memorial service to honor the life and ministry of The Rev. Dr. Norman (Norm) Clark Nelson, President Emeritus of Compassion Ventures, Inc. and long-time host of Compassion Radio, has been announced.
It will be held on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at 2:30 PM at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637.
Shortly after his passing, his wife, Cher Nelson, penned these words about Norm: “Another warrior is welcomed home. At 9:31AM PDT Monday April 10, 2017, our Savior opened his loving arms and took The Rev. Dr. Norman Clark Nelson from his broken body and tortured mind to be forever in the presence of his Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Norm was laid to rest in a private ceremony on Monday, April 17 in Cypress CA.
The memorial service is open to the public and the family requests everyone who can come to attend. A reception will follow the conclusion of the service. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, gifts and any remembrances to honor Norm’s memory and living legacy be given to the continuing ministry of Compassion Radio on line at www.compassionradio.com, mailed to Compassion Radio, PO Box 2770 Orange CA 92859, or by phone at 800-868-2478. I’ll be there, and I hope you will be, too.
Personal messages, cards of comfort and tribute to Cher, Bram and the rest of the Compassion Radio family will also be received at the memorial service.
I had known Norm Nelson, known to his friends and colleagues as one who served the Lord Jesus Christ in the best, most intrepid way it could be done, for many years. We held a special bond as, like myself, Norm had been called to travel the world, flushing out the truth of harsh persecution and suffering of Christians. I would often join Norm on air when he presented these in-depth reports and unique insight through a lively 26-minute format syndicated daily across the United States.
I first got to know Norm when I traveled with him, and a small team, on a unique journey to the Middle East, where we celebrated the 70th birthday of Dutch-born Brother Andrew, known as “God’s Smuggler,” at the Bethlehem Bible College.
It was quite a trip, which began first in Jordan, and then onto Bethlehem, and after enjoying Brother Andrew’s birthday celebrations with the students, he took our group on a surprise trip to Hebron, where a gun battle was raging. It was then that Andrew asked me to interview him and so I asked him “Why should we, as Christians, love Muslims?” His reply was quite unique. He said, “I believe we should love all Muslims because ISLAM means to me, ‘I Sincerely Love All Muslims.’”
If that experience wasn’t enough, he then announced that the following day, we would be traveling into Gaza, where he was a regular visitor and often spoke at the Gaza Baptist Church. Our group also travelled together to Egypt, where we visited the Pyramids, and met some of the Christian leaders there.
Like myself, Norm had also visited North Korea, and we often compared notes about our experiences, both on and off the air.
Compassion Radio is known for its unique faith-based, boots-on-the-ground activist media ministry all over the world. The son of pioneering religious broadcaster, Wilbur Nelson, Norm developed the music and devotion Morning Chapel Hour broadcast into an effective activist ministry, serving the Kingdom of Christ on five continents.
Alongside his wife Cher, Norm’s deep commanding baritone was the signature voice of Compassion Radio until December 2016. At that time, declining health prevented Norm from continuing in his daily ministry responsibilities.
Having served as Producer, Announcer and Co-Host for nearly 10 years, and with Norm’s blessing, the Board of Directors, of which I am a member, then appointed Bram Floria as President of Compassion Ventures, Inc. and permanent host of the Compassion Radio broadcast. Bram’s tenure began in December 2016.
Like all who knew him, I will miss Norm Nelson very much. He was a real inspiration to me and I enjoyed running his regular reports about his worldwide adventures on ANS. He is now receiving his reward in heaven, and thankfully his work continues through Bram and Cher.
For further information, please contact Mike Murray, Executive Vice President-GSF Media at email@example.com, and by phone at: 615-534-2000, EXT 229.
Photo captions: 1) Norm and Cher Nelson. 2) Norm bringing comfort to kids on an overseas trip. 3) Dan filming Brother Andrew during a gun battle in Hebron. 4) Dan Wooding with Norm and Cher on a reporting assignment at Angel Stadium in Anaheim to cover a Greg Laurie Harvest crusade. 5) Dan and Norm at the Pyramids in Egypt.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 76, is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 54 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He has written some 45 books and Dan hosts a weekly radio show and two TV programs in Southern California.
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