Since today marks the 5-year memorial of Dick Woodward’s passing on March 8th in 2014, the blog posting elf would like to share a poem her sister wrote for one of Papa’s birthdays and later shared at his Memorial Celebration. Although it’s been 5 years, the Mini Bible College continues strong through ICM’s global ministry (now translated into 40+ languages with an additional 10 in process.)
As Papa would say, “I didn’t but God did …” & is still doing!
DADHow do we tell the story of your extraordinary life? Your background conditions would have predicted only strife. Growing up in the Depression with barely enough to eat, Your father working day and night just to make ends meet. Overshadowed by your siblings—the seventh child of eleven, But at the age of nineteen sought out by the God of heaven. Such a change in direction, Indescribable new affection! ANYWHERE, ANYPLACE, ANYTIME, Was your commitment to your Savior divine. A gift for speaking and engaging wayward souls, Making the Word simple in order to make men whole. Many years spent preaching to empty pews, When suddenly the wind of the Spirit blew. Then came along the Mildred Alexander show, And a TV audience with a hunger to know. Many folks tuned in to discover The Mini-Bible College from cover to cover. So much spiritual success, But one day really put to the test, A crippling illness took away your mobility, Yet grace was greater than your disability. Immeasurable fruit on seven continents, Broadcasts, booklets, “God-pods” and Internet. “Unexplained happiness” for all to see, “I can’t, but He can”—your secret remedy. So how do we tell your story, Dad? By telling of the Savior you’ve had. Jesus Christ is your all in all, And by His grace you’re STANDING TALL!
Cindy Woodward Kranich (25 October 2007)