Vonette Bright Honored with Wycliffe's 2016 Scripture Impact Award
Wycliffe Bible Translators this week honored the life and legacy of Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) co-founder Vonette Bright, giving her the 2016 Scripture Impact Award for her work in bringing the Gospel to so many people around the world through their mission organization. Bob Creson, president and CEO of Wycliffe USA presented the award to Bright's son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Kathy Bright, who were their to receive the award.
“Vonette left all of us a tremendous legacy,” Creson said at a ceremony. “One part of that legacy I’m most grateful for is that she and Bill valued God’s Word above all else.”
Vonette passed away in December of 2015 at the age of 89. Founding Cru in 1951 at the University of California at Los Angeles, the ministry has grown to one of the largest in the world.
Fueled by a desire to help others meet Christ and learn to follow him, Vonette and her late husband, Dr. William “Bill” R. Bright, spent more than half a century leading and building Campus Crusade for Christ to its current size of more than 25,000 staff members and 300,000 volunteers working in 173 countries.
The Scripture Impact Award commends men and women who have a passion for the Bible and demonstrate a personal commitment of mind, will, resources and influence to see that God’s Word reaches, engages and changes people. Past recipients include U.S. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black, Dr. Luis Palau, Dr. Billy Graham, Dr. Chuck and Cynthia Swindoll, Drs. Tony and Lois Evans, Bobby Gruenewald and Rick Warren.
Steve Douglass, president of Campus Crusade for Christ International and Cru, also shared several memories with Vonette at the event. “Vonette once said, ‘It is the book that tells us how to relate to God; it tells us how to relate to each other; it tells us how to relate to family. This book tells us so much of the truth we should be applying every day and with such excitement,’” Steve said.
(Photo) Vonette Bright speaking at the International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists, also known as Amsterdam ’83. (Photo credit: Cru)