Vonette Bright (1926–2015): A Life of Prayer, a Life of Joy

| January 2, 2016

Two phrases, chosen by her family and staff, summarize the fruitful legacy of Vonette Zachary Bright: A life of prayer, a life of joy.

Two days before Christmas 2015, Vonette was taken home to be with Christ, where she longed to be, at age 89.

Those words—a life of prayer, a life of joy—beautifully depict both the public and private life of this woman. She was prayerful and joyful in carrying out her more visible ministry efforts. She was also a prayerful and joyful wife, mother, and friend. And rather than diminishing as she aged, these features increased all the way to the end of her journey.

“The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day” (Prov. 4:18).

A Life of Prayer

In 1951 Vonette and her husband, William (Bill) R. Bright, founded Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru in the United States). She faithfully, prayerfully, and joyfully served at her husband’s side as his chief companion, confidante, consultant, and cheerleader, as together they sought to make Christ known throughout the world by every means possible.

She modeled a joyful spirit of hospitality, always with an open heart and home, ever a helper to her…

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