Former NBA player Jay Carty, a well-known West Coast evangelist and a best-selling Christian author, peacefully passed away this week after a lengthy battle with cancer.
“Jay has lived these past years and recent months in peace that his future and eternity is entirely in the Lord’s hands,” Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara announced, quoting his wife, Mary, on Friday. “Today, our family believes that ultimate healing has been accomplished through the shed blood of our Savior, Lord Jesus Christ, who took hold of Jay’s hand and ushered him into eternity.”
Carty, who played collegiately for Oregon State University and was selected by the St. Louis Hawks in the 1962 NBA draft, was 75.
Last year, he explained to his congregation why he thought his cancer was the best gift God ever gave him. In his message, Carty, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA for 28 games in 1968–69, told the congregation, “It’s my experience that time and trust will get you to worth it, meaning it will be worth it after enough time and trust.”
To explain, Carty said in the message last October that he was a travelling evangelist for 30 years, but suddenly his voice was gone due to a paralyzed vocal cord. All of a sudden, he couldn’t be an evangelist anymore.
This happened just after Carty and his wife had remodeled their home. But as he and his wife were now together all the time inside the house, God made them fall in love “in deeper ways that we never knew was possible.”
And in five years, he added, he wrote five books.
“In five years, I spoke to more people than I had in 27 years of preaching,” Carty, author of Playing With Fire, told the church, adding, “It was time and trust that made my losing my voice the best gift God had ever given me up to that point.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post