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Evangelist Billy Graham remains weak, and there hasn't been a change in his health for better or worse since his 95th birthday last month, but he is "not in any immediate danger," according to a spokesman for Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
"People keep saying different things, some good and some not so good," Citizen-Times quotes spokesman Mark DeMoss as saying. "But he's about the same. I think everybody's intentions are good. The family members want everybody to pray for Mr. Graham, and I understand that."
The evangelist's son and BGEA president, Franklin Graham, told The Christian Post last week his father is not doing real well. "His vitals are good. It's not like he's in danger right this second. But if he got a cold right now, it could be deadly. So I just ask the people to pray that he gets his strength back. I've never seen him this weak in all my life, so I know he'd appreciate your prayers."
DeMoss says he knows everybody is concerned about Graham, "but we're not getting any different reports from the medical staff." He adds he is checking in in every day, "and there has not been a change for better or worse in the last number of weeks. He's weak, he's at home and his vital signs are good – his pulse, his heartbeat, his blood pressure. He's not in any immediate danger."
Franklin Graham's son, evangelist Will Graham, also spoke about his grandfather's health during a speaking engagement at a California church.
"I saw my grandfather last week and he is not doing well," Assist News Service quoted him as saying. "He's not suffering or anything. It's just that old age has caught up to him and is sucking the life out of him."
He added, "On November 7, he finished his race and up until that time, God had protected his health and gave him supernatural strength and now, the only thing left is for him to come home. God has removed his hand of protection and old age has set in."
Asked how supporters could pray for his grandfather, Will Graham responded: "I don't know how to answer that anymore. I wish He would give him strength, but I don't think he needs strength anymore. It's time to go home."
However, DeMoss says, "I think we're holding steady."
Many colleagues and friends from across the United States and the world joined Graham at this birthday celebration on Nov. 7, when he spoke briefly of these friendships and pointed people to Jesus.
Billy Graham's birthday marked the launch of the broadcast of "My Hope America with Billy Graham," a nationwide effort to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The outreach is designed for Christians, whether they be a pastor, ministry leader, or lay person, to invite guests and host a viewing in a chosen venue, possibly even a home.
"Since that night a few short weeks ago, he has had another bout with a respiratory infection and was hospitalized briefly before returning home to recuperate," Franklin Graham said on the BGEA website last week. "He is extremely weak but his vitals are good. Our family would appreciate your prayers for him that the Lord would strengthen him."