Steve Stevens

    A message posted on ‘Facebook’ on 13 June 2016 by the Bible Institute of South Africa:

    We were saddened to hear of the death last week of what we presume to be our oldest past student, Steve Stevens.
    His daughter wrote to us: “Dear Kathy I have a BISA news letter you sent to my father in August 2014, on which you wrote at the bottom “We do trust that you are keeping well. Love from all of us at BI”. I am writing to say that our father, sadly for us, not for him, passed away and has gone on to Glory to join our mother there. He died at 5.05am on Sunday morning the 5th June I know he would have wanted me to have informed you. He was a student of the Bible Institute first in Mowbray in 1939 and then in Kalk Bay in 1940. Although you will not be able to attend I know, details of his memorial service are below. With every blessing to you and all at BI.”

    Obituary:  Steve Stevens 1919 – 2016, taken from VoxPoint (August 2016).
    FamilyVoice, Australia

    Steve Stevens, former director of Festival of Light in SA (1978-83) and associate director in NSW (1984-5) has died aged 96 in the UK on 5 June 2016 after a long illness.
    Steve was a courageous fighter pilot in World War II. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his part in relieving the city of Berlin during the terrible Soviet blockade in 1948. After the war, Steve and his wife Kay (who died in 2012) served as pioneer missionaries in Sudan. Steve’s eyesight was damaged by the oppressive heat and stress, forcing them to return to London with their four children. Later, Steve and Kay – with Malcolm Muggeridge, Mary Whitehouse and others – were among the founders of the UK Nationwide Festival of Light in 1971.
    In 1978 the Stevenses flew to South Australia, where – as director and women’s adviser – they put Festival of Light (now FamilyVoice) “on the map”.
    “Steve was a ball of energy,” FamilyVoice national director Dr David Phillips says. “He and Kay travelled throughout the state, calling people to action. Steve would often ask people,

    ‘Are you writing letters to the newspapers?
    Are you phoning radio stations?
    Are you contacting your MP?’
    “Steve and Kay made a big impact on our campaign against the harm of pornography in 1978. At that time, child pornography was freely available – but we circulated a huge petition that helped achieve an SA ban,” Dr Phillips said.
    “Steve continued to receive our magazines until his death, and was a constant source of encouragement.  “We pray that more and more Australians will heed the Stevenses’ motto – adapted from the words of the famous British statesman Edmund Burke:
    “Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.”

    We also came across a website which indicated that “Steve Stevens DFC was a 94 year old author who served with the South African Air Force from 1940 – 1950. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for valour for his part in operations over the Balkans in World War II. He was a pioneer of air support to Christian work with the newly founded Mission Aviation Fellowship and was their first oerational pilot in remote areas of South Sudan. He later became a founder member of the Festival of Light.”

    Steve wrote five books that are available for download at

    • Wings of War and Peace
    • Passion for flight
    • Flighting for love, purity, marriage and family life
    • Early wings over Africa – MAF
    • Beaufighter over the Balkans

    The article below was written in 2008.

    Steve Stevenss @ 50