Evangelist Tommy Lee Osborn was an American pastor, singer, author, and teacher, whose ministry was based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born on 23 December, 1923 to Charles Richard Osborn and Mary née Brown, on a small family potato farm, in Grady County, Oklahoma. He was the seventh and youngest son of thirteen children.
His parents were musicians, as were several of his brothers and sisters, and Tommy Lee started making music at a very young age. In 1930, when Osborn was six years old, his father moved the family to Skedee, Oklahoma, in search of another, more profitable farm. Growing up in 1920s, he saw his large family struggling through the depressing years. He met televangelist Oral Roberts, who become his lifelong friend till his death in 2009 at a church in Oklahoma. Osborn frequently went with Roberts to evangelical meetings, Roberts did the preaching, Osborn played instrument for the musical part of the meeting.
At 13, Osborn had experienced a Christian conversion when his older brother took him to a Pentecostal church in Mannford. Gradually, all his brothers moved out of the house, making him the only boy still leaving with his parents and helping with the small potatoes farm. After a while, he summoned courage to move out and begin travelling, and was greatly surprised when his father said “yes.”
In 1939, aged 15, Osborn had an encounter with the Lord. The Lord told him he was called to be an evangelist. He laughed and cried at the same time, overwhelmed by what was happening to him. He dropped out of high school after eighth grade and hit the road with E.M. Dillard, a traveling evangelist. He was organizing meetings and also in charge of youth services in the evenings throughout their evangelical journey until he met Daisy Washburn at one of their meetings in California.
On 5 April, 1942, Osborn married Daisy Washburn. He was 18, and she was 17. Shortly thereafter, they started a life of ministry and missionary travelling; they took the Gospel of God to millions of people all over the world. They had a mission in India that was short-lived, the ministry lasted less than a year, they returned home. In 1947, they had their only daughter, LaDonna Osborn she was raised accompanying her parents on the platforms of global mass miracle evangelistic crusades.
Shortly after their return from India, the couple was hungry for more, they prayed, read the Bible, books, sermons etc. T. L. Osborn woke up one morning and saw a vision of Jesus that changed his life forever. Osborn testified that Jesus stood in front of him and his senses were completely overwhelmed. His body became immobilized and tears poured out of eyes as he lay before the Lord. The experience drove one point home, Jesus was the Lord of Osborn’s life and Osborn would be His forever. He truly understood that the Lord loved him and had a plan for his life. Old ideas of success dropped away and from that point on he wanted only one thing: the Glory of Jesus.
They gained recognitions as evangelists on the Big Tent Revival circuit in the United States and Canada. They preach among others like Oral Roberts, Billy Graham and lots more to an audience of more than ten thousand people in open air. In 1953 the Osborns formed the Association of Native Evangelism made up of local pastors to plant churches. The Osborns messages emphasized on love and compassion, they practiced supernatural healings in their meetings which was not particularly accepted by all. In his decades of ministry, he hosted the Good News Today program, and was also best known for his mass-miracle ( Healing the Sick) ministry to millions.
By the early 1950s, their emphasis began to shift more and more toward international missions. They held large crusades in Latin America, Asia, and Africa and crowds grew rapidly, Osborn and his team traveled to more than 70 countries and reached millions of people. The couple was very media savvy and produced many books, media recordings, and a magazine called “Faith Digest.” Their books and tracts were published in 132 languages. The video miracle meetings were translated into 67 languages. Daisy went to be with the Lord in 1995.
Her husband continued ministering as his health allowed. T. L. Osborn died on 14 February, 2013 after many years of faithful service. LaDonna Osborn continues to operate the ministry founded by her parents, including leading international crusades in the developing world every year.
Dr. T L Osborn story is a pacesetter in lifting people to positive faith and super living. He was not born with a silver spoon, he had challenges in ministry, he failed at some point but here we are after seven years of his death still writing about his positive mind to achieving a better him and spreading the Gospel of Christ to all nations. He is indeed a blessing to us.
SOURCES: Wikipedia, healingandrevival.com