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Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Deploys Twice in September

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The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) deployed twice during the month of September as other months-long deployments continue.
 
BG-RRT chaplains deployed to Capitol Heights, Maryland, to provide emotional and spiritual support after a shooting killed two employees at a senior living community. 
 
In Pelham, Alabama, a storm system dumped as much as 13 inches of rain resulting in severe flooding. Chaplains deployed, alongside Samaritan’s Purse, as the town began the recovery process.
 
Additional teams of chaplains continue to serve at three locations in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida hit in late August, and in Detroit, Michigan, after a flooding event in July. 
 
The BG-RRT has deployed 41 times this year, sending out more than 970 chaplains across the United States. Chaplains have prayed with more than 28,000 people this year alone.
 
For more information about the BG-RRT ministry, visit billygraham.org/RRT.

Will Graham Holds Canadian Celebrations in Sudbury and London

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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Will Graham concluded a packed fall schedule, hosting two October Celebrations in Ontario, Canada (Sudbury and London). The events capped a stretch of four evangelistic Celebrations in five weeks.
 
Thousands gathered in person for the events, while thousands more – representing more than 60 countries – watched online. Several churches hosted watch parties as well. Graham challenged the crowds to answer the question of what they are going to do with Jesus, and hundreds responded to make a commitment to Christ.
 
While Graham’s in-person Celebration schedule for 2021 is complete, he plans to host his annual Christmas livestream on Dec. 9. He also recently announced the Rappahannock Area Celebration with Will Graham that is being planned in Fredericksburg, Virginia, for June 2022.
 
Visit the BGEA website to learn more about the ministry’s evangelism and outreach plans.

More than 56,000 Attend Route 66 God Loves You Tour

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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At a time when many people are experiencing fear, uncertainty and hopelessness, the God Loves You Tour traveled 2,000 miles and Franklin Graham shared a Gospel message in eight cities along historic Route 66. More than 56,000 people attended the free events of music and hope that started in the Chicago area and finished in the Los Angeles metro two weeks later.
 
Night after night, hundreds of people responded to the message of God’s love. In all, more than 4,500 people indicated they made decisions for Jesus Christ. In the eight cities Graham visited, people from more than 1,400 churches worked with the God Loves You Tour out of a desire to see the Good News shared in their communities. Those churches are now following up with the thousands of people who responded to the Gospel invitation.
 
“Times change, culture changes, but people’s need for a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, doesn’t change,” said Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “With all the bad news around us day in and day out, people need hope. I want people along Route 66—and the rest of this nation—to know that God loves them.”
 
To learn more about the Route 66 God Loves You Tour, visit GodLovesYouTour.com.
 
Visit the BGEA website to learn more about the ministry’s evangelism and outreach plans.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Deploys as Result of Shootings

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) deployed to a mass shooting at a Kroger grocery store in Collierville, Tennessee, and after a Sheriff’s deputy was shot during a traffic stop in Nassau County, Florida.
 
BG-RRT chaplains were welcomed with open arms in Collierville after a gunman killed one person and injured 14 others before taking his own life. Many people who were in the store at the time of the shooting stopped by the BG-RRT’s Mobile Ministry Center to ask for prayer and to tell their stories to the chaplains.
 
In Florida, Deputy Joshua Moyers died from his injuries after being shot during a traffic stop. The suspect led law enforcement officers on a five-day manhunt before he was taken into custody. Moyers’ mother called the BG-RRT to request that chaplains come to Nassau County to minister to the law enforcement officers in the area.
 
The BG-RRT has deployed 38 times this year, sending out more than 840 chaplains across the United States. Chaplains have prayed with nearly 25,000 people this year alone.
 
For more information about the BG-RRT ministry, visit billygraham.org/RRT.

Billy Graham Library Starts Fall Schedule

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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The Billy Graham Library began its fall schedule of events this month, with Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day, a Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner, and a book signing and dinner with Anne Graham Lotz and her daughter Rachel-Ruth Lotz Wright.
 
­­­­Hundreds of people attended Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day, enjoying indoor and outdoor activities, specialized Journey of Faith tours, a kids’ craft and other specials. Daniel Calveti and Raúl Sánchez provided live music and guests also enjoyed a special performance by ventriloquist Yoly Pacheco.
 
During the Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner, officers and their families enjoyed a complimentary dinner, received discounts in the Ruth’s Attic bookstore, and took tours of The Journey of Faith during the a private event that was held after normal operating hours.
 
Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, and her daughter Rachel-Ruth Lotz Wright hosted a book signing and dinner during the prerelease of their new book Jesus Followers. Hundreds of people came—some from as far away as Tennessee and Illinois—to get signed copies and to hear from the authors the heart behind the book. Jesus Followers talks about passing “the baton” of our faith to the next generation. During the dinner, Lotz and Wright recorded an interview-style discussion that will be replayed on the Billy Graham Channel on Sirius XM.
 
To learn more about upcoming events at the Billy Graham Library, visit billygrahamlibrary.org/events/.

Many Find Hope in Christ as Will Graham Holds Pair of Celebrations

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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With Celebrations on back-to-back weekends, evangelist Will Graham shared Gospel-focused messages of hope with crowds in Rapid City, South Dakota (Sept. 24-26), and Des Moines, Iowa (Oct. 1-3). Graham was joined by award-winning Christian musicians at both locations, including; Skillet, CeCe Winans, Kari Jobe, FLAME, The Afters, Aaron Shust, Lacey Sturm and Cochren & Co.
 
Approximately 350 people responded to Graham’s invitation to begin a relationship with Christ in the Black Hills of South Dakota over the course of the weekend. In addition to those in attendance, the Celebration services were broadcast online, with thousands of views around the world. More than 180 indicated a decision for Christ through the livestream of the Black Hills Paha Sapa Celebration.
 
Nearly 500 people indicated making a decision for Christ at the Iowa Celebration with Will Graham. In addition to the thousands in attendance, more than 20,000 people from 55 countries watched the Celebration online.
 
In October, Graham will travel to Canada for a pair of three-day outreaches in Sudbury, Ontario, and London, Ontario.
 
Visit the BGEA website to learn more about the ministry’s evangelism and outreach plans.

BillyGraham.tv Releases New Program: “The Legacy of the Gospel”

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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In a new Billy Graham TV program, “The Legacy of the Gospel,” Will Graham takes a retrospective look at how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has grown over the decades since its inception in 1950, and—even more importantly—the steadfast commitment to preaching the unchanging Gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
More than 70 years have passed since BGEA was founded, born out of Billy Graham’s desire to preach the Gospel around the world through every effective means possible. Today Graham’s son, Franklin, follows in his father’s footsteps as an evangelist at the helm of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and his grandson, Will, is the third-generation of Grahams to preach under the banner of this worldwide ministry.
 
In this program, Will guides viewers through pivotal moments in the history of the organization his grandfather founded, and Franklin and Will discuss the urgency of spreading the Gospel today. There’s also an emotional and powerful segment when Billy Graham’s last will and testament is read and reflected upon.
 
“My father and my grandfather have been clear that this ministry is about the Gospel of the Lord, Jesus Christ,” said Will. “Even in a changing world, this message will always be relevant. Jesus is our only hope.”
 
“The Legacy of the Gospel” is now airing on local and national Christian stations. For listings in your area, or to stream the program, visit BillyGraham.tv.

Churches Show Love in Action as Will Graham’s Celebrations Draw Near

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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Will Graham is preparing for a pair of US-based evangelistic Celebrations in the coming weeks, with the Black Hills Paha Sapa Celebration scheduled for Rapid City, South Dakota, Sept. 24-26, followed by the Iowa Celebration in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 1-3.
 
Both events recently held special training events for youth called PURSUIT. Hundreds of students from dozens of churches enjoyed live music from Kutless (Rapid City) and The Afters (Des Moines), grew in their faith and were equipped to share the hope of Jesus with their friends.
 
Christians in both cities also served their communities recently through a Celebration program called Love in Action. They helped at nonprofits, assisted with building projects, gardened and pulled weeds, and cleaned public spaces. “It’s easy to talk the talk, but we want to walk the walk. As we’re planning to proclaim the hope of Jesus through the Iowa Celebration with Will Graham, we also want to show the love of Jesus as we serve others through Love in Action,” said BJ Rogers, who is directing the Iowa Celebration on behalf of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
 
Following the two domestic events, Graham will travel to Canada for a pair of three-day outreaches in Sudbury, Ontario, and London, Ontario.
 
Visit the BGEA website to learn more about the ministry’s evangelism and outreach plans

Franklin Graham Prepares for Route 66 God Loves You Tour

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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The Route 66 God Loves You Tour is entering the final days of planning as Franklin Graham prepares to embark on a 2,000-mile trip with eight stops along historic Route 66. Beginning Sept. 19 in Joliet, Illinois, the Route 66 God Loves You Tour will culminate in San Bernardino, California, on Oct. 2.
 
“I think this is where the strength of our country lies, and I’m coming to remind people that God loves them,” said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “There are a lot of people who are afraid. People have lost their jobs. Many people have been sick and loved ones have died. I just want people to know that God hasn’t forgotten them.”
 
One of the most influential bands in Christian music history, Newsboys, are joining the tour, and they will perform live at each event. Newsboys have had 33 No. 1 radio hits, four Grammy nominations and two American Music Award nominations. “I first joined Billy Graham 27 years ago to perform at an evangelistic event in Cleveland, Ohio,” said Michael Tait, Newsboys lead singer. “It was the beginning of a friendship with the Graham family that has lasted to this day.”
 
Marcos Witt is also performing live on the tour. He’s one of the most iconic Spanish-speaking Christian music artists in the world, and he has received five Latin Grammys and two Billboard awards. Award-winning guitarist Dennis Agajanian has performed at Billy Graham and Franklin Graham’s evangelistic events for more than 45 years, and he will also be joining the tour.
 
To learn more about the Route 66 God Loves You Tour, visit GodLovesYouTour.com.
 
Visit the BGEA website to learn more about the ministry’s evangelism and outreach plans.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Adds Multiple Deployments in August

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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The attacks of 9/11 were the catalyst for the formation of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. As the 20th anniversary approaches, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) has deployed to 556 disaster sites around the world, praying with more than a half million people.
 
In August, the BG-RRT announced a total of nine new deployments, bringing their total for the year to 36.
 
Three of the new deployments were to Louisiana after Hurricane Ida caused widespread damage in New Orleans and surrounding areas.
 
BG-RRT chaplains began work in the flooded communities of Waverly, Tennessee, and Haywood County, North Carolina, and responded to wildfires that destroyed homes in Colfax and Plumas County, California.
 
As coronavirus cases spiked in Mississippi and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti, chaplains deployed to serve at Samaritan’s Purse field hospitals in both locations.
 
So far in 2021 more than 700 chaplains have deployed across the country, praying with more than 19,000 people.
 
For more information about the BG-RRT ministry, visit billygraham.org/RRT.

Thousands Attend Mountain State Celebration with Will Graham

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s August 4th Newsletter

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After a 15-month COVID-related postponement, Fairmont State University hosted the Mountain State Celebration with Will Graham July 23-25. In addition to the in-person audience at FSU’s Duvall-Rosier Field, there were more than 30,000 views (representing some 45 countries) of the event livestream, both during and after the weekend-long outreach.
 
Graham was joined for the Celebration by a full line-up of award-winning Christian musicians, including multi-platinum selling and Grammy Award-winning band Skillet, hip hop star FLAME, The Afters, Jordan Feliz and Aaron Shust.
 
Later this fall, Graham will hold four Celebrations over the course of five weeks: Rapid City, South Dakota (Sept. 24-26), Des Moines, Iowa (Oct. 1-3), Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (Oct. 15-17) and London, Ontario, Canada (Oct. 22-24).
 
Visit the BGEA website to learn more about the ministry’s evangelism and outreach plans.

Billy Graham Library Hosts Military Appreciation Day, Todd Starnes Book Signing

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s August 4th Newsletter

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Veterans, reservists, active duty service members, and their families converged on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library on July 17 as their service was honored through Military Appreciation Day. More than 300 guests attended the event which included The Journey of Faith tour, a station to write cards for those still in the service, free lunch, music from 106.9 The Light, ministry representatives from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, Samaritan’s Purse’s U.S. Disaster Relief and Operation Heal Our Patriots, outdoor games, and a place to honor loved ones on an appreciation wall. At the start of the program, each branch of service was recognized and the crowd all stood for a powerful moment to salute during the National Anthem.
 
Edward Graham offered a compelling message, telling the audience how throughout his time as an Army Ranger he tried to find his identity in the military and God brought Him to a place where he realized that his identity could only be found in Christ. He urged those in the audience to seek the Lord and realize that the gift of Jesus Christ is enough to help them through whatever they are facing. He closed out his message with a Gospel invitation and opportunity to respond.
 
On July 31, as part of the summer event lineup, the Billy Graham Library hosted a book signing with Todd Starnes, who recently released the new book Our Daily Biscuit: Devotions with a Drawl.
 
Starnes was inspired to write the book after reading Matthew 6 and hopes that the book will remind people of their need for God’s Word.
 
To learn about upcoming events at the Billy Graham Library visit billygrahamlibrary.org/events/

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Deploys Twice in July

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s August 4th Newsletter

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Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) chaplains deployed to the Detroit, Michigan, area on July 7 as a result of severe flooding. BG-RRT chaplains have deployed a total of 27 times in 2021, with seven of those in response to flooding.

At the request of the police chief, BG-RRT chaplains also served law enforcement officers in Levelland, Texas, providing emotional and spiritual care after a SWAT commander was killed while responding to reports of an armed man in a residential area.

So far in 2021 nearly 600 chaplains have deployed across the country, praying with more than 15,000 people.

For more information about the BG-RRT ministry, visit billygraham.org/RRT.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Deploys to Miami Area after Building Collapse

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s July 12th Newsletter

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Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) chaplains were on the ground in Surfside, Florida, to provide emotional and spiritual care just a few hours after a residential building collapsed.  
 
“Our crisis-trained chaplains are available to listen and we want all of those who were impacted—including the first responders who are part of the search and rescue efforts—to know that God still loves them and cares about them, even in the midst of such pain and sadness,” said Josh Holland, assistant director of the BG-RRT.
 
BG-RRT chaplains also deployed to Desha County, Arkansas, and Bolivar County, Mississippi, after severe flooding devastated the areas in June.
 
The BG-RRT has deployed 25 times since January 2021 with 513 chaplains praying with nearly 13,000 people.
 
For more information about the BG-RRT ministry, visit billygraham.org/RRT

BGEA Expands Ministry to Reach Deaf Community

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s June 4th Newsletter

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The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is expanding its Search for Jesus internet evangelism ministry to include an outreach to the deaf community using American Sign Language (ASL), which is used in 14 countries around the world.

Initially launched at the end of last year, the new ASL ministry began with a Facebook page called ASL by the Light, where deaf visitors can see the Gospel message explained and have their spiritual questions answered via Facebook Messenger.

One way churches and ministries can effectively reach deaf individuals is through video—and this is primarily how the BGEA’s ASL ministry will operate. The ministry is currently working with members of the local deaf community to contribute content to the ASL by the Light Facebook page.

Visit the BGEA website to learn more about the internet evangelism ministry of BGEA.

Franklin Graham Announces Route 66 God Loves You Tour

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s June 4th Newsletter

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Franklin Graham has announced the dates and cities for the Route 66 God Loves You Tour—an eight-city evangelistic tour that begins Sept. 19 in Joliet, Illinois, and travels along historic Route 66.

“There are a lot of people out there who are afraid,” explained Graham. “Businesses have failed. People have lost their jobs. A lot of people have just been sick, loved ones have been lost. And I think as a result of that, there’s a question in people’s mind: ‘Does God love me?’”

The Route 66 God Loves You Tour will include stops in: Joliet, Illinois (Sept. 19); St. Louis, Missouri (Sept. 21); Springfield, Missouri (Sept. 23); Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Sept. 25); Amarillo, Texas (Sept. 26), Albuquerque, New Mexico (Sept. 28); Flagstaff, Arizona (Sept. 30); and San Bernardino, California (Oct. 2).

Before the tour, each community will hold prayer gatherings and offer evangelistic training, including the Christian Life and Witness Course. This three-session class from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association helps believers deepen their faith and learn practical ways to share it with others.

Visit the BGEA website to learn more about the ministry’s evangelism and outreach plans.

Billy Graham Library, The Cove Open at Full Capacity

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Following a North Carolina Executive Order issued May 14 lifting COVID-19 restrictions, the Billy Graham Library and the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove have opened at full capacity for guests.

Visitors, staff and volunteers are no longer required to wear masks, but guests who would feel more comfortable wearing a mask are invited to do so.

The Billy Graham Library hosted a sold out Ruth Bell Graham Celebration Dinner on June 11 and is hosting Military Appreciation Day July 17. The Cove also hosted a women’s seminar with Lisa Harper June 4-6 and is hosting a pastor renewal retreat with Thom Rainer at the end of June.

To learn about upcoming events at the Billy Graham Library visit billygrahamlibrary.org/events/. For a full list of events at The Cove visit thecove.org/events/.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Deploys after Shootings and Floods

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During the month of May, chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) deployed to two locations in Louisiana after historic flooding and to San Jose, California, after a gunman killed nine people at a Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail facility.

BG-RRT sent chaplains to Lake Charles on May 21—just a few months after finishing a deployment to the same area after they were hit with two major hurricanes in 2020. Two weeks later, additional chaplains were sent to Plaquemine, Louisiana, after a storm system dumped as much as 25 inches of rain in the area and a flood diversion dam failed, leading to massive flooding.

Chaplains spent a week in San Jose, ministering to VTA employees, first responders and the community at a memorial site set up at city hall in memory of the victims.

The BG-RRT has deployed 21 times since January 2021 with 382 chaplains praying with more than 10,000 people.

For more information about the BG-RRT ministry, visit billygraham.org/RRT.

Iowa Celebration with Will Graham Announced in Des Moines

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association February 9 newsletter

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On Jan. 26, Will Graham met with dozens of Christian leaders in Des Moines, Iowa, to officially announce the upcoming Iowa Celebration with Will Graham. The multi-day evangelistic outreach, which will be held Oct. 1-3 at Wells Fargo Arena, will be free of charge and will feature music from award-winning Christian artists and encouraging messages from Will Graham.

“We have been through—and, in many ways, are continuing to go through—a very difficult time in this country,” said Graham. “With so many people now searching for peace, hope, purpose and comfort, I believe God has something big in store for Des Moines and the state of Iowa—something beyond what we could ask or imagine.”

Mike Schreurs, who is helping to guide the months-long Celebration planning process, said, “While we are anticipating an end to the pandemic and the profound impact it has had upon us, we are also anticipating a revival in our state and nation. For decades, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has represented the highest standards of Christian integrity and influence across the globe. Welcoming Will Graham, grandson of Billy Graham, to Des Moines will be an opportunity for Christians, churches, ministries and individuals to come together for unity and spiritual revival. We invite all to be a part of this opportunity.”

Nicholas Venditti of Daily Treasures Ministries, who is serving as a key team leader for the Iowa Celebration, added, “This is an answer to the prayers of many in this first-ever partnership in Iowa. The unity among churches and leaders is a sign of God’s approval and blessing.”

A nearly continuous stream of activities and planning will take place across the region between now and the Celebration in October, including prayer rallies, workshops and community gatherings.

Visit www.IowaCelebration.com for details and information.

Franklin Graham Continues to Share Gospel Nationwide Through TV Ads

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association February 9 newsletter

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In March 2020, when the coronavirus panic initially hit the United States, a generous donor paved the way for Franklin Graham to share the hope of the Gospel in 60-second TV spots. These spots aired on major television networks, including CNN, Fox News, and A&E.

Today, BGEA has produced and released over a dozen new spots, offering peace and hope in what continues to be a troubling time.

“2020 was a pandemic year, very tough for so many people around the world. …But I want you to know that we have hope, and that hope is in God and His Son Jesus Christ,” Graham encouraged viewers. “God will not leave you. He will not forsake you. …There is only one way to God, and that’s through Jesus Christ.”

Each television spot offers a chance for the viewer to pray a prayer of salvation along with Graham, and contact the Billy Graham Prayer Line for additional prayer and encouragement, or to indicate that they accepted Christ as their Savior.

In response to the television ads and other promotional opportunities, the Billy Graham Prayer Line has answered more than 330,000 calls and thousands have made spiritual decisions for Christ.

To view these television spots, visit the BGEA website.

Fearless with Cissie Graham Lynch Encourages Listeners to Hope in God

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association February 9 newsletter

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Cissie Graham Lynch released three new episodes of the Fearless podcast in January, centered on facing today’s obstacles with confidence and hope in God.

“We are not to conform to the world, but we are to walk with God,” Lynch said during her first Fearless podcast of the year. “We are to teach our children the stories that God’s Word is truth, the foundation that we are to stand on, the solid rock that we are to stand on in the days we will face.”

Leading up to the March for Life on Jan. 29, Lynch recorded a podcast episode featuring Jeanne Mancini, the president of March for Life and a fierce pro-life advocate. The two discussed the mission behind March for Life, as well as the theme for the 2021 march, Together Strong: Life Unites! “We’re so much stronger… when we’re working together on [advocating for life],” said Mancini. “Giving witness to the life that’s being lost on a regular basis is important in the public square.”

On episode 40 of her Fearless podcast, Lynch explores the question, is unity possible? “Like a lot of words in our culture, unity has lost its meaning and purpose,” Lynch said. She added that when considering unity, “You have to ask the question, what are we unifying with?”

Lynch referenced the book of Romans, where Christians are encouraged to live peaceably with all if possible. “That doesn’t mean that there’s not going to be times where you’re going to have to stand for [biblical] truth… We only have peace when we have truth.”

Concluding that unity cannot be reached without the love and peace of Jesus Christ, Lynch encouraged Christians that it is possible to live in unity with one another. “Unity, fellowship, and love with one another are so important in the body of Christ,” Lynch said. “As Christians, we have more in common than we don’t, and that’s Jesus.”

To listen to these episodes and more, visit www.CissieGrahamLynch.com/category/podcast/.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Deploys to North Carolina, California, and Alabama

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association February 9 newsletter

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The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) deployed to four new locations in January. The first two weeks of the New Year saw chaplains travel to Lenoir, North Carolina, and Lancaster, California, to serve at Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospitals that were set up to treat coronavirus patients as numbers increased and overwhelmed the local hospital systems.

“As the virus is spiking at the beginning of 2021, we consider it a privilege to offer emotional and spiritual support in our ministries’ home state of North Carolina, as well as in California where the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has such a long history of serving—primarily after devastating wildfires,” said Josh Holland, assistant director of the BG-RRT.

On Jan. 26, less than 12 hours after an EF-3 tornado swept through Jefferson County, Alabama, BG-RRT chaplains were already on the ground in the area to provide emotional and spiritual support to the community. The tornado damaged more than 400 homes and resulted in one death.

“As we learned of the devastation and loss of life in the aftermath of a tornado, our hearts were broken for those in central Alabama who have had great loss,” said Jack Munday, international director of the BG-RRT. “Our crisis-trained chaplains are there in the midst of this tragedy to provide emotional and spiritual care as the area grieves and begins the recovery process.”

In February, chaplains were continuing to serve in Louisiana where they have been since August 2020 when multiple hurricanes hit the area.

Since the beginning of 2021, more than 70 chaplains have deployed to disaster sites, praying with more than 2,600 people. The BG-RRT served at 50 locations in 2020, offering more than 44,000 prayers on behalf of those who were impacted by disasters.

For more information about the BG-RRT ministry, visit www.RRT.BillyGraham.org/.

Cissie Graham Lynch Inspires Listeners to Stand Boldly for God’s Truth Through “Fearless” Podcast

cissieIn June 2019, Cissie Graham Lynch, daughter of Franklin Graham and granddaughter of Billy Graham, launched her podcast titled Fearless with Cissie Graham Lynch: Fearless Faith in a Compromising Culture. Each episode features a discussion of relevant issues in culture such as abortion, addiction, balancing life, politics and more, and provides insight on what the Bible teaches about these topics.

Today, Graham Lynch continues to encourage listeners to stand boldly for the Gospel of Jesus Christ in an ever-compromising world. “One of the most important lessons I learned from my parents and my grandparents was to never compromise my beliefs because of what the world says,” said Graham Lynch. “I want to help people navigate these tough issues and to give them practical ways to live out their faith in truth and love and to be unapologetic and fearless in a world that is forever compromising.”

The podcast features a variety of guests, including Graham Lynch’s father Franklin Graham, her husband and former NFL player Corey Lynch, J. Warner Wallace, and, most recently, Adrienne Camp.

Fearless is available for streaming and download through SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts and other podcast players, and can be streamed directly at CissieGrahamLynch.com. Listeners can also follow Facebook.com/BillyGrahamRadio for regular updates and programs.

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If you would like more information about these, or other, ministries of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, please contact media@billygraham.org. Complete press releases from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are available at media.billygraham.org.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Chaplains Minister in Australia Amid Bushfire Crisis

bushfiresAs Australia faces one of its worst bushfire seasons in decades, crisis-trained chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) have been ministering to dozens of hurting hearts, offering a listening ear and sharing a message of hope to distraught residents. “We’ve moved away from farming areas and are now working along coastal areas where there’s a higher number of people in little towns,” explained Stewart Beveridge, RRT manager of Australia/New Zealand. “When teams go there, we’ve seen total loss.”

While chaplains have been serving in various parts of the continent since September, they are currently ministering in Bairnsdale, Victoria, and Batemans Bay, New South Wales—marking the first time the team has run a simultaneous multi-site deployment in Australia.

“What’s made this situation stand out so much is the scale of disaster,” Beveridge continued. Many have lost their lives to the bushfire crisis. With such a high magnitude of tragedy, RRT chaplains from the U.S., U.K. and Canada traveled to Australia to offer a ministry of presence to homeowners.

Volunteers from Samaritan’s Purse, a humanitarian aid organization also run by Franklin Graham, have been helping these communities recover. Along the way, homeowners have been requesting visits from RRT chaplains, which is “an Australian first,” Beveridge said.

“We’re at a really hard phase,” Beveridge said. “But chaplains are here to help people move from one place to another, helping them to think about the big possibilities, the eternal possibilities—that the reality of God is present in every situation of life.”

The RRT will continue to provide care for fire-affected communities through February. Crisis-trained chaplains have also recently deployed to DeSoto County, Mississippi, and Spartanburg, South Carolina, following tornadoes in both areas. On Jan. 22, the RRT wrapped up its four-month deployment in Man-O-War, Bahamas, after Hurricane Dorian. Chaplains continue to serve in Rockport/Pearland, Texas, and daily at the Billy Graham Gravesite.

For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visit BillyGraham.org/RRT. Updates can also be found at Facebook.com/RRTChaplains.

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If you would like more information about these, or other, ministries of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, please contact media@billygraham.org. Complete press releases from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are available at media.billygraham.org.

Graham Offers Message of Hope to Thousands at Decision America Sunshine State Tour

Franklin Graham’s Decision America Sunshine State Tour visited six Florida cities in January, starting in Jacksonville Beach and ending in Fort Myers. Thousands of people gathered to hear a message of hope each night, with a grand total of more than 39,000 in attendance.

“I want people to have hope that their sins can be forgiven,” Graham told local media before preaching to 7,600 people at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach.

Each night, hundreds made decisions to follow Jesus Christ. “The only hope you have in the earth, in this world, is Jesus,” Franklin Graham proclaimed in Plant City.

“I think everyone wants to have a purpose,” Graham continued. “We have a vacuum of emptiness that can only be filled by God Himself. He has a plan and purpose for your life. He wants you to have peace, joy and fulfillment.”

Graham was joined by Grammy-nominated music artist Jeremy Camp and award-winning guitarist Dennis Agajanian who performed live at each event. Camp shared about his own faith journey, “How can you not be joyous knowing you’ve been taken out of that pit and given new life?”

Graham will hold a Festival of Hope in the Northern Mariana Islands on Feb. 21 and Guam on Feb. 23. In May, the Graham Tour U.K. will commence as Graham visits cities across the United Kingdom to deliver a message of hope. To learn more about upcoming events with Franklin Graham, visit BillyGraham.org.

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Franklin Graham’s Decision America Tour to Florida

franklingrahamFranklin Graham hit the road early in 2020, sharing the Gospel in six Florida cities from the Panhandle to Key West. Starting Jan. 11 in Jacksonville Beach, the Decision America Sunshine State Tour travelled to Plant City, Panama City Beach, Key West, Boca Raton and Fort Myers. Christian music artists Jeremy Camp and Dennis Agajanian shared testimonies of Jesus’ love and led the crowd in worship.

In November, more than 1,900 people attended kickoff prayer events for the upcoming tour. During a gathering in southwest Florida, Christ-followers learned how to get involved with the tour and reach their neighbors for Christ.

Florida is where Billy Graham felt God calling him to a lifetime of ministry. The evangelist studied at Florida Bible Institute and preached on the streets of Tampa.

Now his son, Franklin Graham, is following God’s lead in taking the Gospel across America and around the world.

“We need a spiritual awakening in Florida,” said Franklin Graham. “We all face crossroads in our lives—moments when we need to make important decisions. Through this event, people will have the opportunity to make a decision that can impact their lives for eternity.”

Graham brought a message of hope at each stop on the Sunshine State Tour.
To learn more about the Decision America Sunshine State Tour, visit DecisionAmerica.com.

Bikers Donate Over 5,700 Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes at Bikers with Boxes

bikerswithboxesOn Saturday, Oct.19, hundreds of bikers traveled to the Billy Graham Library for the 12th annual Bikers with Boxes. The event invites bikers to collect gift-filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child – a project of Samaritan’s Purse.

Many of the bikers have attended this event for several years, making the most of this opportunity to meet up with friends. A total of 832 bikers brought 5,788 shoeboxes, totaling about seven boxes per biker.

Each box is carefully packed with items meant to bring children joy and share the love of God with them. Gifts range from crayons and coloring books to soccer balls and other toys.

Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham, sends these boxes around the world to children in need. During distribution, the children hear about the love that God has for them.

At Bikers with Boxes, the Library offered a complimentary lunch, giveaways, and live music to everyone who participated. Tours of The Journey of Faith were also given, where guests can glimpse into the history behind the personal and public life of Rev. Billy Graham and see how God used a farm boy from North Carolina to share the love of Christ around the world.

Yuliya Shubina, a recipient of a shoebox when she was a 9-year-old living in Central Asia, spoke to the attendees. Shubina now volunteers with Operation Christmas Child.

For more information about upcoming events at the Billy Graham Library, including a book signing with Southwest Airlines captain Tammie Jo Schults, visit www.BillyGrahamLibrary.org.

If you would like more information about these, or other, ministries of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, please contact media@billygraham.org. Complete press releases from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are available at media.billygraham.org.

Will Graham Takes the Gospel to Canada with his Celebration of Hope

willgrahamLast month, Will Graham shared the Gospel in multiple regions in Canada, including its geographic center. The free, three-day events included Christian music and testimonies, children’s outreaches and Gospel messages from Will Graham.

On Oct. 4, Graham kicked off the Celebration in Ontario, where he held the Quinte Celebration of Hope. Kids from the Quinte Region attended Kidzfest on Friday night, which was complete with bounce houses, games, a climbing wall, and a Gospel message from Graham.

More than 2,000 people traveled to Belleville, Ontario for the Saturday night celebration on Oct. 5. Another 2,900 viewers from 46 countries watched via livestream. More than 130 people made decisions for Christ that Saturday night. “Jesus wants to come into your life tonight, but you have to be willing to come to Him,” Graham said.

The final night of the Quinte Celebration of Hope took an unexpected turn when, during worship led by The Color, The Afters, and Matt Maher, fire alarms began to sound. This caused the crowd of 2,300 people to evacuate the building before Will Graham had an opportunity to speak.

The crowd patiently waited for the fire department to give the “all clear,” holding impromptu conversations and singing accompanied by Matt Maher and The Afters’ Josh Havens. After returning to the building, the Celebration resumed right where it was abruptly interrupted. Sharing a story from 1 Samuel 1, Will Graham used this opportunity to talk about how life doesn’t always go how we plan or hope.

“Tonight is your chance to get off that [wrong] road and go toward Christ. You may never have another chance like this,” Graham said. Many responded to the invitation to receive Jesus Christ during the Quinte Celebration of Hope.

Will Graham returned to Canada for the Baker Lake Celebration of Hope Oct. 25-27. Home to 2,000-plus people, Baker Lake is a small mining town situated along a large lake about 25 miles from the center of Canada.

On Friday, Oct. 25, Graham held Kidzfest with music and an encouraging message of God’s love just for the area’s youth. After hearing about the love of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, more than 100 children made decisions for Christ.

The Celebration continued on Oct. 26 & 27 as over 600 people came to experience worship by The Color and Aaron Shust, testimonies, and the presentation of the Gospel.

Each night, Will Graham presented the Good News to the people in attendance, proclaiming God’s love and the sacrifice He made for them. Graham gave the congregation an opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and nearly 200 people responded to this call.

In 2020, Graham will hold Celebrations in Tifton, Georgia, and Fairmont, West Virginia. Click here more information about these scheduled events or to see more photos and stories from past Celebrations.

If you would like more information about these, or other, ministries of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, please contact media@billygraham.org. Complete press releases from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are available at media.billygraham.org.

Franklin Graham Shares the Gospel with More Than 65,000 North Carolinians on Decision America Tour

franklingrahamFranklin Graham has traveled to Asia, Australia, and South America this year to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, but, in October, he returned to his home state of North Carolina for the Decision America Tar Heel State Tour.

On this eight-city tour, Graham shared the Gospel with more than 65,000 people. Over 4,800 people indicated making decisions for Christ in person, online, and through text. Stops included Fayetteville, Greenville, Wilmington, Raleigh, Greensboro, Hickory, Charlotte, and Asheville.

Each night, attendees heard a powerful message of hope from Franklin Graham, as well as live music from Jeremy Camp and Dennis Agajanian. The evening events concluded with a show of fireworks.

It’s been on Franklin Graham’s heart to share a message of God’s love with people in his home state—the place his late father, Billy Graham, called home for most of his 99 years of life.

“God loves you,” Graham said. “He sent His Son from heaven to this earth for your sins. You can leave this stadium forgiven tonight.”

In 2016, Graham visited all 50 state capitals as part of the original Decision America Tour, leading Americans in prayer and calling the nation back to God. He has since traveled to various states and regions across the country, proclaiming the hope of the Gospel in multi-city tours.

On Dec. 7-8, Franklin Graham will conclude 2019 with the Love Phnom Penh Festival in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. To see more stories and photos from each city of Graham’s Tar Heel State Tour, visit https://nc.billygraham.org/.

If you would like more information about these, or other, ministries of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, please contact media@billygraham.org. Complete press releases from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are available at media.billygraham.org.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Chaplains Deploy in Response to Hurricane Dorian

fgbahamasOctober 8, 2019 – The beginning of September brought devastation to the Bahamas and parts of the U.S. as Hurricane Dorian made its way of destruction. Responding to the catastrophe, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) deployed teams of crisis-trained chaplains to the Bahamas.

“… It is easy to see that the destruction this storm has caused in the Bahamas will leave a lasting impact,” said Jack Munday, director of the RRT.

Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, took time to encourage locals receiving care at the Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital in Freeport, which was the island’s only hospital within days after the storm.

Despite the catastrophic tragedy that killed at least 51 people and left tens of thousands homeless and 1,300 missing, the islanders’ great faith in God has been an inspiration to the chaplains.

Additional RRT chaplains were in Florida visiting evacuation shelters, offering emotional and spiritual care to those temporarily housed there while the storm passes. The RRT also responded to the North Carolina coast following Hurricane Dorian.

RRT is currently deployed to nine different locations; Freeport, Nassau, Man-O-War Cay and Exuma, Bahamas, Vidor, Winnie, Del Rio and Rockport, Texas, and Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. So far in 2019, RRT has deployed to more than 30 different sites following natural and man-made disasters.

For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visit BillyGraham.org/RRT. Updates can also be found at Facebook.com/RRTChaplains.

‘I’ve Never Lost my Joy’: Anne Graham Lotz Teaches for First Time Since Cancer Battle

annegrahamlotzAfter 10 months of cancer treatments, Anne Graham Lotz shared insights from God’s Word at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove on Aug. 23-25, marking her first time teaching since her health battle began last fall.

“I’ve never trusted [God] more. I’ve never believed Him more,” Billy Graham’s daughter declared to the audience after receiving a standing ovation while others listened online. For decades, she’s traveled around the globe sharing the Gospel.

Anne Graham Lotz hosted this conference called “Leaving a Godly Legacy in an Ungodly World” in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, alongside her daughter, Rachel-Ruth Wright.

Lotz spoke from personal experience when calling believers to stand up for the Gospel during life’s trials.

“I’ve never lost my joy. I’ve been aware every day of blessing after blessing after blessing. I love the Lord today more than I did yesterday, more tomorrow than I did today,” Lotz said with a grateful heart.

Will Graham Preaches Christ at First BGEA Event in Albania

willgrahamWill Graham made history Aug. 30 in Tirana, Albania. For the first time ever, an evangelist from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association shared the Gospel in this former communist country.
The “Festim Shprese” or Celebration of Hope with Will Graham was held at the Palace of Congress in the nation’s capital city.

More than 50 years ago, the communist party declared Albania to be the world’s first atheist nation. Last month, the grandson of Billy Graham told residents about a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.

The crowd heard Will Graham’s message in the country’s official language, Albanian, with the aid of an interpreter. Along with Armenian and Greek, the language is one of three surviving Indo-European languages.billygrahamlogo

Franklin Graham Concludes Festival in Cúcuta, Launches Decision America Northeast Tour

Evangelist Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) – alongside more than 450 local churches – proclaimed the Gospel message of God’s love in Cúcuta, Columbia, on Easter weekend. A total of 116,500 attended the Festival de Esperanza (Festival of Hope), including a special event for children.

“Jesus was crucified, died, and buried—but He didn’t stay in that grave. The tomb is empty! He’s alive! He’s risen,” said Graham. “And He offers us salvation and eternal life in heaven if we will repent of our sins and put our faith in Him.”

Graham then launched Decision America Northeast Tour on May 19. The seven-city tour began in Portland, Maine, and ended in Syracuse, N.Y. Graham delivered a message of hope and popular Grammy-nominated music artist Crowder performed at each stop.

Decision America Tour Returning to North Carolina this Fall

franklingFranklin Graham’s ongoing Decision America Tour will roll across his home state of North Carolina this fall.

From October 1–13, the Decision America Tar Heel State Tour will make eight stops: Fayetteville, Greenville, Wilmington, Raleigh, Greensboro, Hickory, Charlotte and Asheville.

“The work of BGEA has deep roots in North Carolina, and I am excited to have the opportunity to preach the Gospel in cities across the Tar Heel state,” Graham said.

The Decision America Tour has been traveling across the United States since the beginning of 2016, when Graham visited all 50 state capitals to lead Americans in prayer and call the nation back to God.

Since then, he has continued to travel to various regions of the country—most recently the Northeast—to tell people the Good News of Jesus Christ.

See all of the Decision America Tour North Carolina stops and dates at http://decisionamerica.com.bgealogo

Will Graham Releases New Video Bible Study

willgWill Graham launched a new video Bible study and study guide to accompany his book Redeemed: Devotions for the Longing Soul.

In the five-part video series, Redeemed—How God Satisfies the Longing Soul, Graham talks about the redemption that is found as we call on Jesus as Savior.

“[God] loves you with an overarching, eternal love, and He’s waiting to embrace you today,” Graham writes in the study guide.

The Bible study kit contains a DVD, along with teaching notes, discussion questions, Scripture and questions for personal reflection.

Purchase your copy of the devotional or Bible study at billygrahambookstore.org or learn more about the series here.bgealogo

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Chaplains Respond to Mass Shootings

rrtTeams of crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) deployed to El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, following a pair of shootings the first weekend in August. News reports say 22 people have died and dozens were injured in El Paso. In Dayton, an additional nine people were killed and 26 people were hurt. RRT chaplains at both sites will work alongside government officials, churches, first responders and with the community at large to provide emotional and spiritual care.

“This is such a difficult time for both of these cities,” said Jack Munday, international director of the RRT. “In this time of shock, anger, brokenness and incredible loss, we can’t imagine the pain and suffering people are feeling from these senseless acts of evil. Yet, we know God hasn’t forgotten them, and seeks to heal the brokenhearted and bring comfort to those who grieve.”

For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visit billygraham.org/rrt. Updates can also be found at facebook.com/RRTChaplains.bgea

Extraordinary Journey, now available on Netflix

billygrahamejOne year after Billy Graham’s passing, Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey is available on Netflix.

Recapping the life of the worldwide evangelist, this 72-minute video reveals how a man followed God’s call and took the Gospel the ends of the earth.

With an inside look at Billy Graham’s spiritual and personal life, the film features rare footage and interviews from presidents, celebrities, family and close friends. In addition, the video covers a variety of historical events that occurred throughout his 99 years, including the Civil Rights Movement and 9/11.

The documentary first aired in March 2018 after Mr. Graham’s death. It later became available on DVD, Amazon Prime where it has received a rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars, and other streaming services.

With the release on Netflix, more people can experience an incredible story that only God could have orchestrated. Find the film on Netflix in the United States, Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

For more information, visit billygraham.org.

Franklin Graham Concludes Graham Tour in Australia

franklingThe Graham Tour, a 16-day, six-city evangelistic tour across Australia, concluded in Sydney on Feb. 24. A collective 59,000 heard Graham share the Gospel message and more than 2,500 of them responded with a commitment to Jesus. Additionally, all of the events were streamed live online, and more than 30,000 people watched in 114 countries.

This evangelistic outreach honored the 60th anniversary of Billy Graham’s 1959 Crusades across the continent. Franklin believes, as his father did, that the world needs a spiritual change.

“God has done a great work across Australia,” Graham said. “All across the continent, we witnessed the power of the Gospel at work… We praise God that so many surrendered their hearts to Christ in repentance and faith. To Him be the glory!”

For more information on upcoming events at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, visit billygraham.org.

The Greater Pangasinan-Metro Manila Celebration with Will Graham

willgmanillaEvangelist Will Graham returned to the Philippines in February to hold an eight-day, nine-event evangelistic campaign that took place in multiple locations in and around Manila. The Greater Pangasinan-Metro Manila Celebration with Will Graham was held Feb. 9-17.

All told, 149,656 people attended the events, and more than 19,400 responded to the invitation to make a commitment to Jesus.

“Jesus, the Son of God, came for one reason: to transform your life by dying on the cross for your sin and my sin,” said Graham from the stage during one of the outreaches. “Everything points to the cross. The cross is the most significant event in human history. It can change your life tonight.”

This Celebration marked the first time that all three generations of Graham evangelists have preached from the same venue in the same city. Will’s grandfather, Billy Graham, preached a Crusade at Rizal Park in 1977 and Will’s father, Franklin Graham, held an evangelistic Festival in 2006 in the same location.

For more information on upcoming events at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, visit billygraham.org.

BGEA Films Now Available on Amazon Prime

bgfilmAmazon Prime is offering 17 digital movies produced by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). It will also carry 12 historical sermons from Billy Graham. These 30-minute Billy Graham Classics episodes present timeless messages of hope from the late world-renowned preacher, with topics ranging from daily living to eternal salvation.

Amazon Prime subscribers can view the movies and Billy Graham Classics for free. The films are available to non-subscribers for rent or digital purchase; the Billy Graham Classic sermons are available for purchase. Some of the more popular films include The Hiding PlaceThe Restless Ones, and Last Flight Out.

Additionally, several BGEA films are currently available on the Pure Flix streaming platform, in both English and Spanish.

For more information, visit billygraham.org.