Fans of Keys for Kids Ministries are mourning the loss of Christian personality Charlie VanderMeer, known by many as “Uncle Charlie.”
“It is with deep sadness, but great hopefulness, that Keys for Kids Ministries (formerly Children’s Bible Hour) announces the passing of Charlie VanderMeer (a.k.a. Uncle Charlie). He passed away quietly at his home on Friday, February 22, 2019, following a recent fall,” according to a Keys for Kids Ministries press release.
Keys for Kids Executive Director Greg Yoder was with the 84-year-old at his passing. In the release, he shares that VanderMeer’s final words were centered on Jesus Christ.
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” Yoder quoted “Uncle Charlie” as saying in his final breaths. “I trust Him today just like I did when I was 6 years old. Knowing Jesus as your personal Savior is the most important thing.”
The message of Jesus was VanderMeer’s lifelong passion to share. For close to 70 years, he conveyed the Gospel with millions of kids and families across the world on Christian radio. Originally titled the Children’s Bible Hour, Keys for Kids had granted him the platform to do so since he was 9 years old.
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