Henry Blackaby found safe in Tifton, Georgia
Florida SBOM prays in Leesburg; JAX pastor joins search in Perry
Sep 20, 2013
By ART TOALSTON
UPDATED: 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Richard Blackaby is reporting via Twitter: @richardblackaby Henry Blackaby update: He has been found! Doctors are checking him to see if he is OK, but he is safe. THANK YOU for your prayers!
ATLANTA (BP) -- Henry Blackaby, one of Southern Baptists' most beloved Bible teachers, has been missing since Thursday, Sept. 19, around 4 p.m. Eastern time.
Blackaby, 78, lives in the Atlanta area.
His son Richard, in a notice posted today (Sept. 20) on Twitter around 8 a.m. Eastern, stated: "Please pray. Henry Blackaby has been missing since 4 p.m. Thursday. He is in black Lincoln without his diabetic medicine in Atlanta area."
Southern Baptists begin using social media and other means to share the news, and at the Florida Baptist State Convention's State Board of Missions meeting in Leesburg, Tim Maynard, president of the FBSC, led in prayer.
Around 11 a.m. Friday, Richard Blackaby posted an update on Twitter, asking for ongoing prayer and stating: "His credit card has been used within 6 miles of his home. Missing for 19 hours. Police continue to search."
In a third Twitter notice, Richard Blackaby reported: "As of 12:30 Henry is still missing. Believed in the Atlanta area. Is Type 2 diabetic. No insulin. Please pray."
In a fourth tweet, he stated: "As of 5 p.m. he has not been located. Police still searching. 100s of volunteers searching. Please continue to pray!" About 45 minutes later: "his credit card recently used in Perry GA. Anyone in area please watch for his vehicle." Perry is about 90 miles from Blackaby's home.
About an hour later, David Tarkington, pastor of First Baptist Church in Orange Park, replied to Richard Blackaby's tweet: " Driving through Perry soon. What type of car?" After a few others responded, Tarkington replied, "Got it. Eyes peeled. Praying."
At the website of Blackaby Ministries International, a notice stated: "Henry Blackaby's family deeply appreciates the outpouring of prayers and support people have shown as they have sought to locate Henry. He was last seen at 4 p.m. Thursday and has not been seen since. He is a Type 2 diabetic and may be disoriented and unable to find his way home. Please pray for the volunteers who are searching for him and for his wife Marilyn and family who are trusting the Lord for his safe return."
Prayers for Blackaby were circulated by various Southern Baptist leaders and over the PrayerLink network of Baptist workers who lead intercessory prayer initiatives. And a report of his disappearance has been on local TV in the Atlanta area.
Blackaby is best known for the "Experiencing God" Bible study he coauthored with Claude King. The discipleship resource, first published in 1990, has sold more than 7 million copies in 45 languages. Blackaby is retired from the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board but has continued to lead prayer and spiritual awakening conferences internationally. His ministry began as a pastor in his native Canada. He later became president of the forerunners of the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College and the Canadian National Baptist Convention.
NBC Channel 11 said Blackaby was wearing a blue shirt, blue or black dress pants and brown sandals when last seen at his home in Rex, Ga., in Henry County within the metro Atlanta area. The station reported that Blackaby had not taken his insulin since 7 a.m. Thursday.
Richard Blackaby, in a comment on twitter about 8:30 p.m. EST Friday, Sept. 20, said: "He has been found! Doctors are checking him to see if he is OK, but he is safe. THANK YOU for your prayers!"
Various news outlets reported 78-year-old Henry Blackaby was pulled over by police in Tifton after he had used his credit card to buy a coke at a convenience store in Fitzgerald, Ga. Prior to that he used the card to buy gas in Perry, Ga.
Blackaby Ministries Internatonal
posted an update on its website: "The Blackaby family would like everyone to know that Henry has been found and is safe. His health concerns are being addressed and we will keep everyone posted with the news. We wish to express to everyone our appreciation and gratitude for the prayers and concern over the last 29 hours. Henry has taught us that we can experience God in the good and the bad times. We thank God that we have experienced his grace, peace, and faithfulness in these times."
Art Toalston is editor of Baptist Press. With additional reporting by
Florida Baptist Witness.
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