Editor’s note: Al and Gloria Baird have raised an incredible family and touched multitudes around the world as they served as pillars of faith in our movement since the early 1980s. Let’s join in prayer and express our love as Gloria has passed from this life to her eternal life in the presence of God. If you would like to share words of encouragement, please join the Facebook group Gloria Baird: Honoring a legacy of joy. My precious friends,

Tonight Gloria finished her race and is now in the arms of God. All of our kids and grandkids are here, and we are completely overwhelmed by your love, prayers, your memories of her and your unbelievably encouraging words. Our Phoenix church family has been incredible as well; serving, loving and hurting with us. God has truly comforted us through you; it is quite humbling. We have had many tremendously special goodbye moments this week surrounding her with singing, prayer, scripture, laughter and tears.

Gloria’s memorial service will be Saturday, July 28th. Click here for more information. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love you all and will continue to update you as plans develop.