Brother Clendennen passed to Glory Dec. 13th 2009. He was 87.
Sister Turner and I first shook hands with the man we later came to know as a Spiritual Father and Mentor in the late 80s. In late 1992 I traveled to Russia to work with him and Sister Clendennen in the School of Christ which would later be moved into over a 100 countries training thousands of native preachers to reach their nations for Christ. No matter where you were, in a car, in a home, on a train (in Russia) to sit in his presence was like being in a continual Bible School. He mainly talked of Jesus and the “deeper life” and cared not for the things of this world. His love was for Christ, his burden and vision was to reach the lost masses who had never heard the Saviors Name. Surely he can say along with the Apostle Paul, “I am free from the blood of all men”.
Over the years as I’ve struggled with some health problems, I would receive calls often from him, concerned and ready to pray for me. He was one of the busiest preachers on earth, but never too busy, to call and pray for a friend. I could never say here all I would like to say about him, nor do I think I could fit it into a book. I, like so many others, can’t comprehend what it will be like without him to exhort, and even correct us with the word, and to encourage us with his fellowship. But I am confident that soon we will all be together again.
Goodbye great Soldier, you’ve won the final battle.