Evangelist Franklin Graham is gearing up for his first-ever American Hispanic festival this weekend. Festival de Esperanza (Hope Festival) will also be the first time Graham is holding his signature evangelistic event in Los Angeles.
It’s the city where his father, renowned evangelist Billy Graham, first began to gain attention when he preached for eight weeks straight in a tent to a total of some 350,000 people in 1949. The younger Graham was invited by Hispanic churches in the Greater Los Angeles area. More than 600 Latino churches have been preparing for the June 25-26 festival.
“Our hope is that anyone who is struggling with questions about life or would like a new beginning will watch this Festival of Hope,” said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse, in a statement. more >>
Franklin Graham spoke about the greatest lessons that he's learned from his father, the world-renown evangelist Billy Graham, on the Father's Day edition of AOL.com's “You’ve Got” program.
The program, which highlights top politicians, celebrities and people of interest, sends off inspirational messages to the public. Past participants have included Ted Haggard, former pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, and Joel and Victoria Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston.
Franklin Graham’s message was: "You’ve got…to learn from your father." more >>
Franklin Graham and his son, Will, visited the tornado-stricken city of Joplin, Mo., over Memorial Day to encourage volunteers helping with Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, and to pray with survivors of the massive storm.
The May 22 monster tornado killed at least 139 people and left miles of destruction in its path. It is reported to be the deadliest tornado in the U.S. in 60 years.
"The community is literally ripped apart," said Will Graham, the grandson of Billy Graham and the third generation of Grahams to preach under the BGEA banner. "Nothing is left. The streets are wiped clean." more >>
The death toll from the massive Joplin tornado that hit Sunday has now risen to 125. Officials estimate that at least 900 people were injured in the single deadliest tornado since 1950.
As search and rescue teams comb for survivors in the city of 50,000, Christian relief teams are on the ground in Joplin, Mo., ready to provide emergency relief to the area's devastated residents and homeowners.
Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, appeared in a video Wednesday asking for prayers and donations for the relief effort. more >>
Speaking on the final day of his three-day evangelistic event in Jersey Shore Sunday, Will Graham delivered a message on the end times in response to Harold Camping's failed prediction that the rapture would occur on May 21.
Graham, grandson of the legendary Rev. Billy Graham, explained to the crowd of over 5,000 at the Jersey Shore Will Graham Celebration in Ocean Grove, N.J., what the end times will look like and what the signs to the end times are. The evangelist preached from Matthew 24, in which Jesus speaks about the destruction of the temple and the signs of the last days.
“The end of the world didn’t happen yesterday,” Graham said Sunday night, according to BGEA, “but Jesus is returning. God will bring this present world to a close. Time will come to an end." more >>
Ocean Grove, N.J. – Will Graham preached about God's purpose in life to thousands of youth Saturday at the Great Auditorium, reaching a new generation with the same Christ-filled message his grandfather Billy Graham is known for.
Standing on the same stage that his legendary grandfather spoke from over half a century ago at the same age, the 36-year-old evangelist challenged a crowd of 5,500, comprised of mainly students, to not live a life defined by a job title but by a God-given purpose.
"What's the purpose? You were created for a relationship. God created you in order to have a relationship just with you," said Graham on Saturday, the second day of the Jersey Shore Will Graham Celebration Event in Ocean Grove, N.J. more >>