WASHINGTON — Rev. Franklin Graham, the outspoken son of evangelist Billy Graham, believes the American Church hasn't done enough to act against the persecution of Christians abroad.
Graham, the CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, was a keynote speaker at the Washington, D.C. vigil held outside the White House Thursday evening for imprisoned Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini.
"I don't think we're doing enough. No, I don't. There is much more we can do," Graham told The Christian Post regarding the need for American Christians to be more active in the struggle for religious liberty overseas. more >>
U2 rock band leader, Bono, once wrote a poem for Billy Graham after visiting the retired evangelist in his home in the mountains of western North Carolina.
Bono, who considers himself a born-again Christian, gave Graham the poem titled, "Journey of Faith," in 2002. Now, the handwritten poem is on display at the Billy Graham Library's permanent collection in Charlotte.
"The library's Journey of Faith tells the story of how God used a dairy farmer from North Carolina to reach the world with the Gospel message, offering the free gift of peace with God to millions," reads a statement on Billy Graham's website. more >>
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association recently released a trailer for "Heaven," the next installment of evangelistic films offered by the My Hope with Billy Graham ministry. "Heaven" features a never-before-released message from Billy Graham, alongside compelling stories of hope and faith, much like "The Cross" and the other impactful programs previously produced.
"'Heaven' is going to be an incredible resource for the Church to use to present the Gospel," said Steve Rhoads, vice president for My Hope. "The trailer only gives a glimpse of the importance of this film in proclaiming the peace that only comes from knowing Jesus Christ. As wonderful as this program is, it is only made truly effective when we pray and ask God to prepare the way."
The film releases on Nov. 7 in the United States and Canada, and churches and individuals involved in My Hope are encouraged to begin praying and planning now for events and gatherings in November, during which they can use this this newly produced video program to reach out to neighbors, family and friends, say BGEA officials. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, has questioned whether news coming out of the Middle East is a sign of the end times.
First published on billygraham.org last week, Franklin Graham noted the various incidents of persecution facing Christians throughout the world.
"The killing of Christians by Muslims from Indonesia to Bangladesh to Pakistan. China tearing down church buildings," wrote Graham. more >>
Christian relief group Samaritan's Purses program aimed at helping the relationships of wounded veterans and their spouses called "Operation Heal Our Patriots" is set to be featured in a Fox News Channel special on Labor Day.
"The special is about Greta [Van Susteren]'s trip to Alaska over the Fourth of July weekend with wounded veterans and their spouses as a part of Operation Heal Our Patriots," reads a preview for the special, scheduled to air on Monday at 7p.m./EST.
"The Samaritan's Purse program is aimed at helping military couples reconnect and strengthen their relationships after overseas deployment. Greta takes viewers along for her journey into the Alaskan wilderness with these inspiring couples who share their personal stories of adjusting to life after war." more >>
Liberian Christians in Greensboro, North Carolina, gathered Sunday to offer prayers and raise money for missionary group Samaritan's Purse in its ongoing battle against the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, which has killed over 1,400 people.
"Hopefully people will continue to pray and do what they can do so that eventually we will be able to fight this terrible disease," Rev. Wheigar Bright of Praise Chapel International said in an interview with WFMY News 2.
The fundraising efforts collected nearly $1,000 that will go in helping Samaritan's Purse, which has been treating patients at a clinic in Liberia, one of the countries most severely affected by the current outbreak. more >>