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 >>
In a letter to President Barack Obama, Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, urges him to not send military aid to the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, arguing that those rebels are just as evil as Assad.
"Giving guns to the opposition will prolong the war; and unfortunately, the opposition is no better than the present government – in some ways it may even be worse," Graham wrote in the letter dated June 14. "Mr. President, I would strongly urge you to keep America out of the Syrian conflict. In my opinion, the best thing that we can do is to help bring both sides to the negotiating table."
The White House recently announced it would provide small arms to some of the rebel groups fighting Assad after it was discovered that Assad had used chemical weapons. more >>
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association recently launched "Lose to Gain," its second half-hour video program installment of the My Hope America with Billy Graham campaign series. With less than five months remaining in the campaign, nearly 14,000 churches have registered in the project that culminates in an evangelistic video featuring portions of Billy Graham's preaching, intertwined with true stories of people who decided to follow Christ.
The latest installment available for online viewing at billygraham.tv features pro-skateboarder Brian Sumner, comedian Michael Jr., and young professional Shannon Culpepper telling their story.
"Each wanted something different – success; laughs; love. Each was living a life that met their dreams, but then it all fell apart," stated BGEA . more >>