Pastor and bestselling author Dr. Henry Blackaby is scheduled to be released from the hospital Tuesday, Oct. 31. Blackaby’s son, Dr. Richard Blackaby, announced the good news on social media Tuesday morning.
“Update on Henry Blackaby: Dad is scheduled to be released from the hospital today!” said Richard. “He will need to regain his strength to walk and feed himself, but he will be back in his home. Pray that he regains his strength quickly. Thanks for your prayers and concern!”
Update on Henry Blackaby: Dad is scheduled to be released from the hospital today! He will need to regain his strength to walk and feed himself, but he will be back in his home. Pray that he regains his strength quickly. Thanks for your prayers and concern! pic.twitter.com/MOIInyMzKe
— Richard Blackaby (@richardblackaby) October 31, 2023
Henry Blackaby Is on the Mend
Henry Blackaby, 88, is the founder and president emeritus of Blackaby Ministries International (BMI), which according to its website, “was founded in response to the many opportunities the Blackaby family and ministry team receive to share their unique, God-given message globally.” Richard Blackaby is the current president of BMI.
Henry Blackaby is probably best known for being the coauthor, along with Claud V. King, of “Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God,” a book designed to help Christians love God more by recognizing God’s love for them. Blackaby also coauthored the devotionals “Experiencing God Together” and “Experiencing God Day by Day.”
In addition to being a pastor, Blackaby has been a church planter, college president, music director, and education director. It was during his time ministering as a pastor, church planter, and father in Saskatchewan, Canada, that Blackaby learned the lessons that became the foundation of “Experiencing God.”
Blackaby has also served on staff with the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board, International Mission Board and Lifeway Christian Resources. With his wife Marilyn, who passed away last year, Blackaby has five children and 14 grandchildren. All five of Blackaby’s children serve in ministry.
On Friday, Oct. 27, Richard Blackaby posted news about his father’s health, asking people to pray. “Dad took a turn for the worse last night. Heart rate dropped dramatically,” Richard said. “He has not been eating well and his organs are in distress. Please pray his heart issues are resolved and he is able to eat more and regain his strength. We appreciate your prayers!”
Now, it appears that Henry Blackaby’s health has turned for the better. Followers responded by celebrating the news and saying they would continue praying. “Praise God!” said one user on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“Praying for my friend that God will strengthen him to do what is needed,” said another.
A follower on Facebook said, “Great progress .. may the Lord bless him with renewed strength for a full and complete recovery!!”