Remembering Nelson “Bud” Hinkson
Bud Hinkson in Lublin, Poland in 1975
Still Under Construction !
Nelson “Bud” Hinkson, a senior Campus Crusade staffer involved for many years in East European ministry, died on August 11, 1992, as a result of head injuries sustained in a cycling accident in Germany. He was 58. He began the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry in Poland in 1975. The following statement was made by me in August of 1992, right after finding out of his death.
Why Did Bud Die in a Bicycle Accident?
Most of you may not know Bud personally, but as you learn more about him, you will wish you did know him. Bud was the dynamic director of affairs for Campus Crusade for Christ in all of the Soviet Bloc nations. He died this past August 11, 1992 while bicycling in Europe. He was a prince among men and the fitest 58 year old you’d ever want to see. His entire focus was on influencing men and women in the Soviet Bloc for the Lord Jesus Christ. Twenty years before the Berlin wall fell, Bud was all over the Soviet Bloc quietly organizing one of the greatest missionary endeavors of the twientieth century; Forming leaders and movements on all the major Universities in the Soviet Bloc for Christ. All of this was happenning long before the Communists all dropped together at the count of three. The stories that could be told of the meetings, conversions and movements in every major city in the Soviet Bloc will probably only be written down in Heaven …
Reflections from the late Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of
Campus Crusade for Christ International
” For more than fifty years, I have been memorizing scriptures and
studying God’s Word. But when I meet a man like the late Bud Hinkson,
our former Campus Crusade director in Central Europe, I realize just how
much I still fall short. Bud could recite entire books of the Bible
from memory, and his life showed how much he has grown spiritually as a
result of his lifetime of study and memorization. Filled with joy and
peace, he literally radiated God’s love to those around him. ”