It is with heavy hearts that we share with you that Mrs. Vonette Bright went home to be with Jesus this afternoon and we are confident she is worshiping God alongside her husband, Bill Bright, who passed away in 2003 after almost 55 years of marriage.
Mrs. Bright served as the Co-Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force and Chairman Emeritus of America’s National Prayer Committee. She has been influential in the prayer movement since 1974 when she helped form America’s National Prayer Committee, which led to the formation of the National Day of Prayer Task Force in 1983. As chairman, she led prayer gatherings for America for over 9 years. Mrs. Bright then passed the baton to Mrs. Shirley Dobson (wife of Dr. James Dobson) in 1991. Under her leadership, the National Day of Prayer Task Force has trained and equipped a grassroots movement that has mobilized over 600,000 prayer gatherings across the country with an estimated attendance of over 40 million people, joined together, lifting a voice of petition and intercession for our nation.
“Today, I have lost a dear friend and we will miss her. What an impact she has made for the kingdom. She is a great saint and I know she is hearing those words ‘well, done thy good and faithful servant.’” - Mrs. Shirley Dobson, Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force
Among her other work, Vonette has authored more than a dozen books, and in 1993, she launched Women Today International, a ministry to and for women. She was also instrumental in the formation of Campus Crusade for Christ (known as Cru in the U.S.), alongside her husband Bill. Together they spent more than 50 years serving and watching the Lord grow the ministry to over 27,000 staff members and 225,000 volunteers in 190 countries.
Vonette is survived by her 2 grown sons, her 4 grandchildren and thousands of prayer leaders and volunteers who have stood in the gap due to her example. She will be deeply missed.