Close to 2,000 churches in Canada have signed up to participate in the major "My Hope with Billy Graham" campaign, which will culminate in November, marking the preacher's 95th birthday.
"This type of large-scale event has not been done before, and that's why we're quite excited about the potential for this," said Dave Ingram, director of ministry for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada.
The BGEA website noted that efforts are being made to spread the Gospel from one end of the world's second largest country to the other, reflecting Canada's motto "from sea to sea." more >>
In anticipation of a nationwide evangelism event this November to coincide with his 95th birthday, renowned preacher Billy Graham released a letter through his association this week in which he says that America needs a spiritual awakening more than ever before.
"If ever there was a time this country needed the intervention of God, it is now," writes Graham in the letter published on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website. "We can and should pray for America as a whole, but remember that when God sets out to change a nation, He begins by changing people. It starts with individuals."
Graham said that there are a lot of things that his health and strength no longer permit him to do, but that there are still many things he can do, "and one of them is pray." He writes that he is praying fervently for "a fresh spiritual awakening in America." more >>
Franklin Graham issued a statement Thursday announcing that Sept. 26 will mark one year that Pastor Saeed Abedini has been imprisoned in Iran for being a believer in Jesus Christ. He said Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, continues to hear reports that her husband is being beaten and tortured; and she feels abandoned by the U.S. government, as President Obama continues to remain silent on the issue.
Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, said Naghmeh worries that she and her two young children may never see Saeed again.
"She's also discouraged by the fact that our own government seems to have abandoned them. President Obama has been silent on the issue as an American Christian endures the horrors of Evin Prison," he said. more >>
Members of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team were sent out to Prescott, Ariz., to offer support to a community grieving after 19 firefighters lost their lives on Sunday in a scorching wildfire that continues to rage through the region.
"Our hearts go out to the families of those firefighters as well as the fire station," said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham RRT. "Firefighters are like brothers."
Munday asked believers to send their prayers to the families in these communities, noting that they need the support and care of the body of Christ at a time like this. more >>
ST. LOUIS, Mo., -- Although his mind remains alert and he tries to be as active as he can in the work of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), iconic Christian evangelist, Billy Graham, 94, "just can't wait" to get to heaven according to his friend, musician Michael W. Smith.
"I try every three, four or five months to visit with Billy and he always says I wish I made friends with more younger people, because all my friends have gone to heaven," said Smith during a presentation of the second portion of the My Hope America with Billy Graham project at the International Christian Retail Show being held in St. Louis, Mo., on Tuesday.
For the first time on June 11, 1994, Billy Graham collaborated with Smith and singer Toby Mac on a Youth Night in Cleveland, Ohio. The event attracted about 85,000 people at the Cleveland Stadium on the shores of Lake Erie. Both men have remained good friends. more >>
Disaster relief teams with the North Carolina-based Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse arrived in Colorado Springs, Colo., this week where the massive Black Forest fire burned more than 14,000 acres, destroyed nearly 500 homes and claimed two lives. Since setting up its Disaster Relief Unit on Wednesday at a local church, the ministry has already received requests for help from 190 homeowners, say officials.
"The fire has taken a terrible toll on people in Colorado Springs," said Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham. "We will have teams of volunteers working with the homeowners to salvage anything the flames left behind and to not only help them recover physically, but to show them that God loves them."
Samaritan's Purse disaster experts were shown the burn area on Wednesday and met with emergency management officials yesterday to discuss when volunteers will be allowed into the neighborhoods to help fire victims. more >>