For more than 40 years, Britain’s Selwyn Hughes
has been guiding the daily reading of Christians - initially
providing written notes on blank postcards for friends and,
more recently, delivering his thoughts to almost a million
people across the world through his Every Day with Jesus
touched hundreds of thousands of lives across the
world, and yet his ability to engage with individuals
was immediate and life-changing."
of trustees at Crusade for World Revival
all came to an end last week when Hughes, 77, passed away,
leaving behind a legacy which will continue to transform lives
for Christ. Hughes, who died of cancer, spent his last few
days in a hospice.
Born in 1928 during the depression, Hughes - whose family
had been influenced by the Welsh Revival of 1904 - professed
his own faith at the age of 16. Ordained an Assemblies of
God minister, he served at churches in Cornwall, South Wales,
Yorkshire, Essex and central London.
In 1965 he started writing devotionals and these evolved into
the Every Day with Jesus devotionals, now read daily
by nearly a million people in 130 countries around the world.
The same year he founded the Crusade for World Revival which
now publishes a range of Christian resources (including Every
Day with Jesus) and provides training for Christian leaders
Hughes also authored dozens of best-selling books including
Christ Empowered Living, The 7 Laws of Spiritual
Success and his autobiography My Story.
In June last year, Hughes was awarded the honorary degree
of Doctor of Divinity from Brunel University for his “outstanding
service to Christian education”, described by former
Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey as “a giant of the
faith”. Three months later, he celebrated the 40th anniversary
of CWR and the publication of Every Day with Jesus.
Hughes' personal life was marred in more recent years with
the death of his wife Enid from cancer in 1986 and the premature
deaths of his two sons - John in December 2000 and David in
In a statement Steve Bradley, the CWR’s chair of trustees,
says Hughes' passing was a “sad day for all who knew
and loved Selwyn”.
“He touched hundreds of thousands of lives across the
world, and yet his ability to engage with individuals was
immediate and life-changing,” he says.
“We rejoice that he has now entered the presence of
Jesus, whom he served faithfully and proclaimed powerfully.
He was a remarkable and singular man and we trust that God
will lead us on in the work Selwyn established.’
CWR said that Every Day with Jesus had always been
the “first call of God” in Hughes’ life
- in fact he personally wrote every issue of the publication
and was only occasionally assisted by other writers - and
when, in recent months, he had no longer been able to travel,
had given him “great satisfaction” to continue
“He was therefore able to be well in advance in his
writing schedule,” says a statement from the organisation.
“In agreement with Selwyn, plans are in place for his
ministry through Every Day with Jesus to continue
into the future.”
In a second statement issued a couple of days later, the organisation
added: “Our aim is to honour Selwyn Hughes, as the founder
of this international ministry, by continuing to publish Every
Day With Jesus for the benefit of readers around the
world who are seeking to apply God’s word to their everyday
life and relationships.”
The impact of Hughes’ writings can be seen in an online
Book of Remembrance CWR have established on their website.
Scores of people have left comments testifying to how Every
Day with Jesus has encouraged them in their personal
walk with Christ.
“Wow, what a man, what an inspiration! I am eternally
grateful to God that I had the privilege of being introduced
to his ministry in 1993,” writes one visitor. “I
can honestly say that his words made a deep impact on me on
“Well done good and faithful servant,” reads another
entry. “Thank you for your honesty and your vast experience
of life as a Christian shared through the pages of Everyday
with Jesus. Your writings have so often been relevant to us
on a particular day and many times were an inspiration to
us. You were a man who walked close with God and your writings
were such a help. We look forward to seeing you in Glory one
To add your comments to the Book of Remembrance, visit www.cwr.org.uk/selwynhughes/