Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Shared Christ With Over 9 Million in 2014

(Photo: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)The Greater Toronto Festival of Hope on Sept. 12-14 drew an average of 13,000 people per night, with tens of thousands more watching the live web stream.

In a review of its 2014 efforts, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association reveals that it has shared the Gospel with close to 9.5 million people around the world through its outreaches. More than 1.6 million of those people have made a decision for Christ, reports the BGEA.

(Photo: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)Ferguson, Missouri, residents Calvin Taylor and Sharonda Williams were married on Dec. 12 in the heart of Ferguson. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains had a part in the ceremony, which was officiated by local Christian leaders.
(Photo: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)On April 28, a mile-wide tornado ripped through Louisville, Mississippi, killing 10 people and destroying many homes. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains Pookie and Mike Mattingly helped comfort homeowners in the wake of the disaster.
(Photo: The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)Will Graham carried on his grandfather's legacy of preaching the Gospel in a simple but powerful way when he stood inside a packed arena at the Central Mississippi Will Graham Celebration on March 29-30.
(Photo: The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)Will Graham carried on his grandfather's legacy of preaching the Gospel in a simple but powerful way when he stood inside a packed arena at the Central Mississippi Will Graham Celebration on March 29-30.
(Photo: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)When Franklin Graham asked for people who wanted to commit their lives to Christ in Tbilisi, Georgia, to raise their hands, hundreds accepted the invitation. The June 6-8 Tbilisi Festival of Hope in Eastern Europe only happened because of the power of God. A fire the week of the event left the BGEA team scrambling to find a new location. The team also faced protests and other opposition. But in the end, thousands heard Franklin Graham preach the Gospel from a crowded church courtyard.
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Those outreaches include BGEA collaborations with local churches in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia to hold large scale festivals and celebrations. BGEA President and CEO Franklin Graham and his son, Will Graham, also preached the Gospel at functions hosted in parts of the United States, Canada, Japan, Sri Lanka and Papau New Guinea.

Franklin Graham praised God for the BGEA's efforts in a recent letter. He wrote "Our hearts overflow with gratitude to God for all He has done and is doing, and we are eager to keep pressing forward as He continues to open doors."

Other 2014 accomplishments include chaplain intervention in racially-divided Fergusion, Missouri. Crisis-trained chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team served amid the turmoil and unrest following the August killing of Michael Brown, meeting with St. Louis locals including Michael Brown Sr., praying for the violence to end, and in one instance, marrying a Ferguson couple whose home burned to ground.

The chaplains also responded to natural disasters in the U.S. and abroad.

The BGEA also celebrated the response it received from namesake Billy Graham's My Hope program "Heaven." More than 200,000 copies of the program were distributed around North America and Canada. A related video message posted to YouTube has also received over 150,000 views. The organization said in a press release that it continues to receive results from the program.

It also released "Captured By Grace," a documentary featuring the full "Unbroken" story of Olympian and World War II POW Louis Zamperini, on Christmas Day.

The BGEA also made tremendous strides online through its Internet evangelism ministry Search For Jesus. The site, which allows visitors to view a Gospel presentation and interact with trained counselors, has resulted in 5 million decisions for Christ since it was launched in 2011.

In 2015 the BGEA hopes to launch major evangelistic crusades in Ukraine, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Philippines, Tanzania and North America. Search For Jesus will continue to expand and plans are in the works to expand take the "My Hope" message to additional countries.