Rev. C. Marshal Cavit - 1986 A Award Recipient
The pages of Asbury’s history flourish with pioneers who understood the personal meaning of the “great commission.” Rev. Marshal Cavit is one of those. In responding to that commission, he has demonstrated the finest of Asbury’s tradition – a warm heart and an enlightened mind.
For Rev. Cavit, the open door was South America. But the way led from the wheat fields of Kansas through Asbury College. It was here, during the depression years, that his heart was made sensitive to God’s call on his life. Student appointments in Southeastern Kentucky and a home mission appointment to Utah prepared him for the frontier of Bolivia.
In 1944, World Gospel Mission (WGM) appointed Rev. Cavit and his wife, Catherine, to a jungle area on the eat side of the Andes Mountains. No church – no school –no house in which to live. In such conditions the world would see a miracle.
Wherever this Asburian set his tent, he built a church to evangelize and a school to educate. On one occasion he bought a boat to reach the hundreds who settled along the shores of a large lake separating Peru and Bolivia. Over 60 churches where planted in Peru alone from that unique “boat ministry.”
Rev. Marshall Cavit is an educator. Berea Bible Seminary in Santa Cruz and San Pablo Seminary in La Pazwere visions brought into reality through his leadership. Today, the Evangelical University of Bolivia has grown out of Berea Seminary. San Pablo boasts of an enrollment of more than one hundred students today. Later assigned to Ecuador, this pioneer established Sinai Bible Institute under the auspices of OMS International. As educator, he has written three books which deal with a holy life and the way in which that life affects missions.
After fifty-three years of preaching in twenty-six countries of the world and thirty-five states, Rev. Cavit continued to teach and preach from a base here in Wilmore, Kentucky.
He and his wife have one daughter, Christine, a 1964 Asburian who continued in her father’s steps with missionary service in Ecuador and Brazil.