Although I am a Christian, I never got to know or get involved with the Luis Palau ministry. For decades the Beaverton-based evangelist, known as “the hot gospeler,” responded to people’s doubts with wisdom and clarity and wit, and in the process won over many thousands of followers. “The evangelist is the bridge between the world and the church, between the lost person and bringing them into the position of salvation,” Palau told the Oregonian in 1985. His ministry was worldwide. Palau died today at the age of 86 from cancer.