Heroes of the Faith
Concise stories of significant Christian leaders
© Peter J. Blackburn 1999
Heroes of the Faith
Francis Schaeffer Francis A Schaeffer

Schaeffer was one of the most influential conservative evangelical leaders in recent decades. He was author of twenty-three books that were translated into more than twenty-five languages. He lectured throughout Europe and the United States at major secular and Christian universities, while three film series based on his books introduced him to a wider general audience.
Francis Schaeffer's unique gift was his ability to proclaim Biblical truth and the gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that combined spiritual and intellectual integrity with practical, loving care. This was especially evident in the work of L'Abri Fellowship, founded by Schaeffer with his wife, Edith, in Switzerland in 1955.
During most of the last thirty years, the work of L'Abri (French for "the shelter") was largely centred in the Schaeffer's own home in Huémoz, Switzerland. Thousands of people came to L'Abri from all walks of life and from all around the world. Many of these were young people searching for truth and reality in their lives. In the Schaeffers' home, and in the larger work of L'Abri, they found someone who cared for them personally, who listened carefully to their questions, and who gave them answers based on an uncompromising commitment to Biblical truth.
L'Abri now includes branches in Switzerland, England, the Netherlands, Sweden, and two in the United States.