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 >>
While speaking this past weekend in Kisumu, Kenya, Will Graham, grandson of evangelist Billy Graham, preached the Good News of Jesus Christ to over 21,000 people over a three-day period, with 1,350 witnesses committing themselves to Jesus by the end of the weekend.
Graham preached at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground in Kisumu, June 7- 9, nearly 53 years after his grandfather, Billy, preached in the same city.
Festivities at this past weekend's Will Graham Celebration of Peace included sermons by Graham, musical entertainment by local artists, including Rosemary Ogonya, as well as performances by Mark Christian, worship leader for Will Graham events. more >>
Fifty-three years after his grandfather, Billy Graham, preached the Gospel in the Kenyan city of Kisumu, Will Graham spoke at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground where hundreds of people accepted his invitation to make a decision for Jesus Christ on Friday, the first day of the 3-day evangelistic event.
The Will Graham Celebration of Peace is being hosted in a city of nearly 400,000 located just off Lake Victoria in western Kenya with the help of about 300 city-wide churches, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
"The only thing that can change Kisumu forever… is God," said Graham to those attending on Friday. His father, Franklin Graham, also preaches internationally. more >>