NEW YORK — Franklin Graham, president of nonprofit Samaritan's Purse, joined project organizers, local families and survivors of Hurricane Sandy at one of New York City's major airports this week to personally send off more than 60,000 gifts to some of Typhoon Haiyan's most vulnerable victims in the Philippines.
"Do you know what these gifts are going to mean to these kids? It means that somebody loves them, it means they haven't been forgotten. It will mean everything in the world. It will give these little kids hope," Graham told more than 300 attendees at Thursday's event.
The evangelist and son of the Rev. Billy Graham was flanked by young singers of the Christian Heritage Academy and a loaded Boeing 747 over his shoulder as he thanked participants during the send-off ceremony at Hangar 19 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). more >>
Franklin Graham, son of well-known evangelical leader Billy Graham, has requested prayers for his 95-year-old father on Wednesday as the leader's health reportedly continues to decline following a trip to the hospital in late November for respiratory problems.
The younger Graham writes on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's website that his father is "extremely weak but his vitals are good. Our family would appreciate your prayers for him that the Lord would strengthen him."
Since Graham was hospitalized for a respiratory infection shortly after his 95th birthday party on Nov. 7, he has reportedly returned to his home in Montreat, North Carolina to recuperate. more >>
Trinity Broadcasting Network aired a 3-hour tribute Sunday evening to its founding visionary, Paul F. Crouch, that included a fascinating documentary-style history of the media organization and short testimonials from many well-known Christian leaders. Wife and ministry partner, Jan Crouch, also spoke briefly about her husband, who died on Nov. 30, following a decade-long battle with degenerative heart disease.
"God called us on the same day to TBN," said Jan Crouch, relating an evening more than 40 years ago, when both realized at the same moment that they needed to start a TV station, "and I just always dreamed we would go home the same day. I never dreamed I would be left without his wisdom and his saying 'no' as only he could say," she explained, while momentarily giggling through her tears, "so lovingly, so lovingly sometimes. I never dreamed that one day TBN would be here and Paul wouldn't … Right now we just need your prayers and your love like never before."
The Rev. Franklin Graham, CEO and president of Samaritan's Purse, said during the television special, "TBN Remembers Paul F. Crouch 1934-2013," that he could not say or think about Paul Crouch without also thinking about his wife. more >>
Evangelist Franklin Graham is preparing for his first sermon in Thailand for the Abundant Life Festival, where he will speak in front of thousands of people and answer deep questions, such as what or who is behind the universe.
"Every one of us, at some point in our lives, has looked up at the stars in heaven," Graham told reporters in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
"And we wonder and ask ourselves, 'Is there something – or someone – behind this universe?'" more >>
Evangelist Billy Graham returned to his home in Montreat, N.C., Thursday, following a two-day stay at Mission Hospital in Asheville. He was admitted on Tuesday for pulmonary-related tests and observation, according to hospital officials.
Graham, 95, was in the hospital for similar tests last month because of a respiratory congestion. After his admission to the hospital Tuesday, family spokesman Mark DeMoss said Graham was expected to return home in a day or two.
"Mr. Graham was alert and in good spirits during his stay," said William R. Hathaway, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Mission Hospital. "We are pleased with the results of Mr. Graham's evaluation." more >>
A second public school has ended ties with Franklin Graham's Operation Christmas Child after an atheist group threatened a lawsuit. However, angered by the developments, parents at the Colorado-area school have stated their commitment to continue raising funds for Operation Christmas Child independently of the school, and they also held a "Religious Rights Rally" outside of school on the public sidewalk on Wednesday afternoon.
SkyView Academy, a charter elementary school located in Douglas County, Colorado, announced last week that it will be ending its participation with Operation Christmas Child, a program of Franklin Graham's evangelical relief organization Samaritan's Purse that provides needy children around the world with Christmas presents during the holidays. Students at SkyView had been participating in the program for the past two years as part of their community service project, and their efforts included raising donations for the program and assembling shoe boxes to hold the gifts for each needy child.
Both Skyview Academy and East Point Academy in West Columbia, South Carolina recently received letters from the American Humanist Association threatening lawsuits if the schools continued to participate in the program. more >>