Recently, we honored the life and legacy of Vonette Bright with the 2016 Scripture Impact Award.
Bright and her husband, Bill, founded Campus Crusade for Christ (now known as Cru in the United States) in 1951, and committed their entire lives to ministry. In 2003, they joined Wycliffe USA to create the Scripture Impact Award to honor our mutual commitment to the role God’s Word plays in reaching the world for Christ. Vonette Bright passed away in December 2015.
“My wife, Dallas, and I counted it a privilege to be one of Vonette’s friends,” said Bob Creson, president and CEO of Wycliffe USA. “Her work, as well as that of her dear husband, Bill, and the ministry of Cru are completely entwined with Wycliffe.”
“Vonette left all of us a tremendous legacy,” Creson said at a ceremony during which Vonette’s son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Kathy Bright, received the award on the family’s behalf. “One part of that legacy I’m most grateful for is that she and Bill valued God’s Word above all else.”
Steve Douglass, president of Campus Crusade for Christ International and Cru, also shared several memories with Vonette at the event. “Vonette once said, ‘It is the book that tells us how to relate to God; it tells us how to relate to each other; it tells us how to relate to family. This book tells us so much of the truth we should be applying every day and with such excitement,’” Steve said.
The Scripture Impact Award commends men and women who have a passion for the Bible and demonstrate a personal commitment of mind, will, resources and influence to see that God’s Word reaches, engages and changes people. Previous recipients include U.S. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black, Dr. Luis Palau, Dr. Billy Graham, Dr. Chuck and Cynthia Swindoll, Drs. Tony and Lois Evans, Bobby Gruenewald and Rick Warren.