I was in high school when Les married my sister so I “sort of” was part of the package deal. LOGOI was in its formative stages and some of my first memories are of Les working on stories from the Bible into full color comic book form. I distinctly remember Les’ excitement about a new way to proclaim the wonders of God’s love and grace.
Nearing my discharge date from the Army, I received a letter from Les encouraging me to go on to college to get a degree so I could help people. Little did he know that with that encouragement I went on to earn five college degrees.
Some strange circumstances brought me to Miami where I was once again in the company of Les and his endless enthusiasm. He was pastoring a small church and it was with Les’ impetus that I asked out a lovely young lady who quickly captured my heart. When the day of our wedding arrived it was with great pride that I had Les standing beside me as my best man.
Les carried a message from the heart of God that he enthusiastically shared with all who were willing to listen. He was always encouraging us to keep learning, to study God’s Word, and then help others with what we were learning. He wanted us to know and fall in love with his dear friend and Savior, Jesus.
How blessed we are to have shared a bit of time with Les, entwined with LOGOI, all connected to Les’ Friend—who is our Friend, too. And now it is our task to tell others how to connect with our Friend who offers to all who listen a beautiful life that has no end — eternal life — eternal joy. May we carry on the joy, to keep smiling and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
—Rev. Dr. Paul E. Backlund
"I had the privilege to know Les in Chile and was part of this wonderful and edifying ministry of literature and Christian Education.Along with my wife, Nancy, and our seven children we have continued with this legacy of taking the Word of God to thousands. We constantly challenge the church to read, study, meditate and apply their lives to the Word of God—and it all started with LOGOI.A huge hug to the LOGOI/FLET Family,"—Profesor Fernando and Nancy Estafo, Santiago, Chile
"Greetings to all at LOGOI. I am Dr. Rev. Samuel MacAdam, and I want to join in the 50th anniversary celebration. It is very significant to me because when FLET began, I was in the offices by the Tamiami Airport and my friend Les gave me the opportunity to read his books and help him revise them. It is an honor for me to have known him even though I was never able to join him for a conference because I had my own evangelistic events. Each time I returned from Latin America, I visited the office to share our experiences. Greeting to his wife and all the staff. I pray that LOGOI will reach new levels to fill the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. A hug to all. "—Dr. Samuel McAdam, Sarasota, Florida
"I had the blessing of knowing Les, a man of God who taught so simply and passionately what he did for the Lord. Thank you for the legacy you have left us."—Javier Mendoza, Miami, Florida"Congratulations. It is a pleasure to greet you. I am sure it has not always been easy but the Lord has held you up to do His work. Blessings to all the LOGOI Family."—Alfonso Calel, Guatemala"Congratulations on this 50th anniversary. You have been and continue to be a great blessing for the family of God."—Cenaida Jaimes, Colombia
"Many congratulations on your 50th anniversary. May the Lord continue greatly blessing you."—Miraida Millán, Venezuela"My most heartfelt congratulations to all the LOGOI family on your 50th anniversary as you continue to plant and yield a great harvest. May this beautiful teaching ministry continue to have great success. I personally met the founder, Les Thompson, and it was a great blessing to hear him teach the Word of God with such passion, love and delivery. It is rare to have known professors of this level. May God protect the ministry you are carrying on. Thank you."—Diomar Polanco, Venezuela
"I thank the Lord for putting into Les's heart the calling to teach and inspire us to join the messengers that walk with God. Thank you for so capably fulfilling 50 years of vision, consecration, and victory. My sincere congratulations and multitudes of blessings."—Roberto Ferreira, Uruguay
For even more Information about LOGOI's history, visit the LOGOIgram Blog, LOGOI Ministries Celebrates its 50 Years of Ministry.
—Kathleen Ruebling, California