Ian Thomas with the Lord

Torchbearers International began in the heart of a young Englishman, Ian Thomas, who at the age of 19 came to understand that “it is no longer I but Christ who lives in me.” This timeless flame of truth has been spreading around the world through the ministries of Torchbearers International, calling all people of all ages from all nations back to the reality that the Christian life is not just a religion but a relationship with the living God made know in his Son, Jesus Christ.

So writes Chris Thomas (Ian’s eldest son), the General Director of Torchbearers from Estes Park. That “young Englishman” completed his course on Tuesday, July 31, 2007. There will be a memorial service in Estes Park on August 6.

We send our condolences and joyful thankfulness to the Major’s family. What a legacy of Christ-centered faithfulness he has left.

John Piper (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books.