Ron Kopczick, promotions coordinator (March 30, 2001)
I received the news after arriving at the office on Monday. Rick
Davis had died the day before. He was 46
Last fall, Rick had corrective heart surgery and was scheduled to
return to work January 2. Rick never made it back. Instead, it was
one complication after another. Several times Rick was the subject
of corporate prayer here at the Assemblies of God Headquarters.
Eventually, we believed, hed recover and resume his duties
as the representative for Institutional and Occupational Chaplaincies,
a post he held for 15 years. But God had other plans.
I first met Rick shortly after I joined the Pentecostal Evangel
nearly 2 1/2 years ago. One of my duties is to coordinate the
annual Key Bearers appeal in cooperation with Light for the Lost.
The Key Bearers program raises donations to provide the Pentecostal
Evangel and Spanish-language Evangelio Pentecostal to Americas
Since the inception of Key Bearers in 1996, it was Ricks responsibility
to match requests for the Evangel from prison chaplains and
inmates with available funds. As giving to Key Bearers increased,
Rick and his office deftly handled the growing demand for sponsored
The 2000 Key Bearers appeal raised a record $130,900. When I would
e-mail monthly updates on donations to the Evangel leadership
and to Rick, hed always respond with a cheerful word of thanks
to the Lord for His provision. That was Rick: pleasant and grateful.
Approximately 11,000 copies of the Evangel are now shipped
every week to more than 500 prisons and jails across the United States.
And the weekly cost of nearly $2,500 is covered by Key Bearers donations.
The program is a success due to those who care about this countrys
During Key Bearers existence, thousands of inmates have written
the Pentecostal Evangel that they committed their lives to
Jesus after reading the publication. Many more have told us how theyve
found spiritual strength in the pages of the Evangel while
trying to live for Jesus behind bars.
The Pentecostal Evangel and I have lost a good friend and
an invaluable co-laborer for the Lord. But Key Bearers will continue
as a tribute to Rick Davis.
Thank you, Rick. Until we see you again in eternity, youll