by Sharon Rondeau

(Apr. 21, 2019) — On Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m., an Easter message and song from 28-year-old evangelist and musician Keith Green from 1982 was trending on Twitter.

Green, who with his wife Melody began a Christian ministry in Los Angeles in the late ’70s, was killed with his two eldest children and a family of eight on July 28, 1982 in a small-plane crash near their then-ministry home in Lindale, TX.

Josiah, 3, and Bethany, 2, were buried alongside their father at the Garden Valley Cemetery in Garden Valley, TX.  An orphanage the ministry opened prior to the plane crash now bears the name “Josiah and Bethany Children’s Home.”

Melody has since carried on the “Last Days Ministry” despite suffering a stroke and other medical setbacks.

When the accident occurred, Melody, who had just discovered she was pregnant, was home with the couple’s then-one-year-old daughter.

A musical child prodigy, Keith Green had hoped for fame and fortune such as was attained by teen stars David Cassidy and Donny Osmond in that era.  After leaving home, experimenting with drugs, and a great deal of soul-searching, Green turned to Christianity.

According to newsletters issued by the ministry over the years, plans to make a movie about Keith’s life have started and stopped a number of times.  A posting at ChristianFilmDatabase.com indicates the project may currently be in progress.

Green’s “Easter Song” can be heard here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG8Tko3BzHk&feature=youtu.be

His other well-known songs are one written by Melody, “There is a Redeemer,” “Holy, Holy, Holy,” and “He’ll Take Care of the Rest.”

One of Green’s surviving children, Rachel, is a performing musician along with her husband.

Keith Green’s updated biography can be found here.  A Facebook page bearing his name is here.

[Video credit:  monum at YouTube]

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