Dove-winning Musician Fernando Ortega Reflects on Ravi Zacharias’ Life

Fernando Ortega and Ravi Zacharias

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS)—Three-time Dove-winning musician, Fernando Ortega—who just lost his mother, Eva Pacheco Ortega, age 93—reflects on the passing of Ravi Zacharias. (printed with permission)

Touching Tribute

I just heard the news that Ravi Zacharias passed away this morning at his home in Atlanta. I am heartbroken by this news. I have been friends with Ravi and Margie for many years. I don’t remember where we met; most likely at some kind of evangelistic event, but he often invited me to lead worship at his fundraising conferences which were held every year in different cities across the US. I was always so impressed by the array of speakers who sermonized or gave teachings at those events; so many brilliant, thoughtful, and passionate people, some them very young.

Mormon Tabernacle

One of the most memorable and meaningful experiences I’ve ever had in my life was when Ravi was invited to speak at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. I was so truly honored that Ravi invited me to lead worship at the event, which was attended by thousands of Mormons. The place was absolutely packed, with congregants leaning over the balcony to listen closely to everything that was presented that night. There are many hymn melodies in our own evangelical canon that are used by the Mormons, though they use different texts than we do. I chose a handful of songs they would be familiar with but used the standard texts we are used to. I was thrilled when that massive congregation sang every note, full voice. The sound in that place! The Mormon Tabernacle is renowned for its stunning acoustics.

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SOURCE: Assist News, Brian Nixon