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Founder and Chairman

Christian Aid Mission
Local Address: CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia, United States
Christian Aid
Christian Aid Mission P.O. Box 9037
Charlottesville, Virginia 22906
United States

Company Description: Christian Aid seeks to establish a witness for Christ in every tribe and nation through indigenous ministries. Native missionaries have made much progress in recent...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • University of Virginia
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Web References
Christian Aid Mission :: Our Story
www.christianaid.org, 1 Mar 2014 [cached]
Dr. Bob Finley, founder and chairman of Christian Aid, saw firsthand the way various Communist leaders in the Far East were reaching out to the people with their ideology. It was 1948 and Dr. Finley was in China, preaching the gospel to crowds in excess of 15,000, fulfilling the missionary desire the Lord had placed in his heart. But as the battle between the Communist and Nationalist forces for control of this strategic land raged, he saw something that truly made an impact on his life.
Winning Converts
Young Dr. Finley in Taiwan
After leaving China, Bob Finley preached to crowds in Taiwan.
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Bob Pierce and Dr. Finley
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Bob Pierce, who would later start World Vision, and Bob Finley preached together in a mighty spiritual awakening which swept Korea in early 1950.
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To meet this goal, Dr. Finley started International Students, Inc. (ISI) in 1953 in Washington, DC. At the same time, he began a division of ISI that was charged with providing financial assistance for indigenous ministries in poorer countries. In 1972, the Assisting Indigenous Developments division was spun off as Christian Aid, with Dr. Finley serving as president.
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Dr. Finley's goal is to have a part in planting a witness for the name of our Lord among every unreached people group on earth.
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Dawson Trotman and Dr. Finley
Dawson Trotman, leader of the Navigators, with Bob in Tokyo in 1951, was one of the co-founders of Christian Aid.
Christian Aid Mission : Africa in Crisis: Kenyan Native Missionaries Rush Emergency Aid to Starving Refugees
www.christianaid.org [cached]
"One of the most extreme situations we are now facing is in Kenya," says Dr. Bob Finley, Chairman and CEO of Christian Aid Mission based in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Christian Aid Mission :: The Missions Revolution in China
www.christianaid.org, 1 Mar 2014 [cached]
- Bob R., OH
Thank you so much!
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by Dr. Bob Finley
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Dr. Finley
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Bob Finley Founder, CAM
For the past 56 years, Bob ...
www.christianaid.org, 5 Mar 2007 [cached]
For the past 56 years, Bob Finley, chairman of Christian Aid, has served the Lord Jesus Christ as an evangelist, pastor, missionary, and Bible teacher.
During those years, he has traveled more than four million miles and preached "face-to-face" to more than 20 million people.Additional millions have heard his messages through radio, television, films, and videos.His published articles have touched thousands of lives and played a major role in changing the methodology and direction of Christian missions throughout the world.His influence and financial support has been used of God to further the cause of Christ among more than 3,000 tongues, tribes, and nations.
More Than 55 Years of ServiceIt all began in 1945 when Finley was invited to speak at a super rally of Youth for Christ in Chicago.YFC president Torrey Johnson was looking for a nationally known Christian athlete to highlight at the rally, but they were few and far between at that time.
Finley had just graduated from the University of Virginia, where he was student body president, captain of the boxing team, and NCAA inter-collegiate boxing champion in the middleweight division.Boxing was the major indoor collegiate sport in those days, just as basketball is today.
The 25,000 people at the stadium rally interrupted Finley several times with applause.Recordings of his speech were broadcast all over the continent, and invitations for Finley to speak at YFC rallies all across America and Canada poured in.
Johnson and YFC Vice President Bob Cook promptly enlisted Finley to be a field evangelist with the organization, along with Billy Graham.
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Bob Finley preached to crowds of 10,000 daily in Seoul in 1950.
On weekdays, Finley worked with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship as an evangelist to university students.He had a special interest in foreign students, and tried to win them to Christ on every campus.His consuming passion was foreign missions, and over ten thousand young people stood in his meetings to indicate their decision to go out as missionaries.
Missionary ZealIn 1948, Finley found himself in China, preaching the gospel to crowds in excess of 15 thousand, fulfilling the missionary desire the Lord had placed in his heart.His progress was interrupted, however, when the Communists took over China the following year, and Finley was forced to leave.
Not one to give up easily, he headed to Korea.Along with Bob Pierce, who later started World Vision, Finley became the principal evangelist in a great evangelical awakening there.
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Billy Graham worked closely with Bob in early days of Youth for Christ and sponsored him as a missionary to China in 1948.
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Still, Finley persisted, staying on in Asia as an itinerant evangelist.
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Soon after his return to the United States, Bob Finley was a commencement speaker at Houghton (N.Y.) College.
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In 1953, along with Navigators leader Dawson Trotman, Finley started International Students, Inc. to reach foreign students all over the U.S. and Canada. At the same time he started a division of ISI to provide financial assistance for indigenous ministries in poorer countries, especially those led by men of God whom he had known as foreign students in America.In 1972, that division was spun off as Christian Aid Mission, with Finley serving as president.
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Since then, Bob Finley has presided over the growth of Christian Aid into perhaps the foremost proponent of supporting indigenous Christian ministries worldwide.
Christian Aid Mission : Massive Flooding Hits South Asia as Christian Aid Seeks Help for Victims
www.christianaid.org, 1 Mar 2014 [cached]
"Sometimes we feel completely overwhelmed by the magnitude of critical needs faced by evangelical ministries in poorer countries," says Dr. Bob Finley, Chairman of Christian Aid.
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"The Christian ministries we are helping in this emergency were among the first on the scene and will be the last to leave," says Dr. Finley.
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