Yesterday Today and Forever

About the Author

Author

Edith Dhana Prakash, the oldest daughter of well-known evangelists Nataraj and Padma Mudaliar, was born in Nagercoil, a city located at the southern tip of India. After her father's death in 1982, her 32 year-old mother took over the leadership of the ministry, and after facing trials and oppositions, today is a leading woman evangelist in India.

From a young age, Edith travelled globally and ministered with her mom until her 1995 marriage to Felix Prakash. On graduating from Christ for the Nations in 1999, Felix and Edith furthered their education at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, both completing their Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degrees in Practical Theology. In 2008, Edith was given the honor of being listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities for outstanding academic achievement, character, leadership and service.

Overview

Tommy Lee (T.L) Osborn impacted the global renewal movement in the 1950s through his healing and mass evangelistic crusades, yet until now, no critical examination of his life and ministry has been undertaken This work examines that life and ministry, as well as the theology, and hermeneutics of this extraordinary man, highlighting mission strategies he inaugurated in India that have served as the foundation of mass evangelism in that country over the last fifty years

Historian Edwin Harrell saw Osborn as a “pioneer of many new techniques for independent foreign evangelism who won the respect of most of his contemporary evangelists.” In the mid-twentieth century when the healing revivals in the United States began to decline, many American evangelists wanted to follow the path of Osborn regarding global evangelism to keep their ministries growing.1 Such an influence on modern evangelism warrants a critical examination of the life and ministry of this extraordinary man

Osborn’s initial efforts in India failed miserably. But sensing a need for a dramatic shift in his approach to evangelism that would incorporate the Hindu worldview as a tool for communicating the Gospel, he revitalized his ministry using techniques that have become the norm for most contemporary Indian evangelists. This work explores how his work, sermons, and writing responded to critical issues in the Indian culture, including religious pluralism, caste systems, poverty, an understanding of karma, and the status of women. It places Osborn’s work in India within the context of the history, people, and culture that had shaped the Indian mindset at the time of his involvement in the country

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Yesterday, Today, and Forever: The Extraordinary Life and Ministry of T. L. Osborn in highlights the importance of Osborn’s crusade evangelism in India. It begins with the origins of Christianity in India, continues with Osborn’s biography, hermeneutics, healing theology, missiology and the impact of his ministry in India. Some believe Osborn led more people to Jesus in the 20th century than any other healing evangelist. It is a blessing to the Church to have this book that will be help all the evangelists who aspire to do crusade evangelism; and will be a faith builder for all Christians. My prayer is that God use it to inspire a new generation of Christians and evangelists to continue in the footsteps of this mighty man of God

Randy Clark, D.Min
Randy Clark, D.Min, President, Global Awakening Theological Seminary

"Dr. Edith Prakash’s work, Yesterday, Today and Forever: The Extraordinary Ministry of T. L. Osborn in India, I was blessed to read the history of the nation. But I was even more blessed to know more healing in the life and ministry of Rev. T.L. Osborn and how he became supernaturally empowered to pray for the deliverance of the sick. As you read this book, you will be encouraged and inspired to believe that God still heals people today

Dr. Dennis Lindsay
Dr. Dennis Lindsay, President, Christ For The Nations

This book is a fascinating portrayal of evangelist T. L. Osborn as a pioneer of global evangelism. The reader will enjoy the unveiling of the beautiful tapestry of original ideas in crusade evangelism which resulted from the challenge of merging the cultural patterns of East and West. Dr. Prakash’s book will re-ignite your passion to pursue your dreams into reality as you partner with God to do the impossible and will be a great asset to anyone who has a heart for global evangelism

Daniel Kolenda
Evangelist Daniel Kolenda, President/CEO, Christ For All Nations

Edith Prakash not only tells the Osborn story, she offers nuanced accounts of his theology and his influence on new generations of Indian Pentecostal leaders. At last we have a full biography of T.L. Osborn who set the pattern for overseas mass healing crusades that have transformed Pentecostalism on a worldwide scale

Vinson Synan
Vinson Synan PhD, Dean Emeritus, Regent University School of Divinity

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Yesterday, Today, and Forever: The Extraordinary Life and Ministry of T. L. Osborn in highlights the importance of Osborn’s crusade evangelism in India. It begins with the origins of Christianity in India, continues with Osborn’s biography, hermeneutics, healing theology, missiology and the impact of his ministry in India

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