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Growing up in the latter half of the s, he saw his large family struggling through the depression years. In , when Osborn was six years old, his father moved the family to Skedee, Oklahoma , in search of another, more profitable farm. Osborn frequently went with Roberts to help with evangelical meetings. Roberts did most of the preaching, Osborn did everything else, including playing the accordion and the piano for the musical part of the meetings.
Osborn had experienced a Christian conversion in , at the age of 13, when his older brother took him to a Pentecostal church in Mannford. Gradually, each of his six brothers moved out of the family home until TL was the only boy still living with his parents and helping his year-old father on the potato farm.
Finally, while sorting potatoes in the cellar, he plucked up courage to make the request and was greatly surprised when his father said "yes. He fell on his knees, praying and asking God what was happening.
The Lord, he said, called him to be an evangelist, while he laughed and cried at the same time, overwhelmed by what was happening to him. He dropped out of high school after completing eighth grade and hit the road with E. Dillard, a traveling evangelist. Osborn was responsible for organising evangelistic meetings and was also in charge of youth services in the evening. He traveled with Dillard through three states.
It was and he was only 17 when he fell instantly in love. He was 18, and she was only Shortly thereafter, they set out on a life of ministry and missionary travel, including a trip to India when Osborn was still only In time, they carried the Gospel of Christ to tens of millions of people all over the world, declaring it with faith and confidence.
Their ministry lasted less than a year in India, and they returned home because of critical family sickness. In , the Osborns had their only daughter, LaDonna Osborn b. March 13 of that year; she was raised accompanying her parents on the platforms of global mass miracle evangelistic crusades. The Osborns first gained public notice shortly after returning from India, as evangelists on the Big Tent Revival circuit in the United States and Canada. There, they preached to audiences often numbering over 10,, in open-air meetings and under large tents in settings such as fairgrounds and stadiums.
Schambach and A. Allen , were also on the circuit. The Osborns emphasized the love and compassion of God, rather than the "fire and brimstone" commonly used by evangelists of the era, and they practiced supernatural healing in their meetings.
They held large crusades in Latin America, Asia, and Africa and crowds grew rapidly, at times exceeding , Together, Osborn and Hickey prayed for the sick and she became a guest speaker at his conferences. He was lifelong friends with her family until his death just four months after Hickey lost her husband, Wallace. Over the course of the next five decades, Osborn and his team traveled to more than 70 countries and reached millions of people.
Thereafter, he continued to travel and conduct crusades around the world for another 15 years. Osborn died on February 14, , at the age of Osborn was survived by his daughter, three of four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Like his grandfather, he often draws large crowds and it has been claimed that miracles have taken place in his services.
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