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Evangelist Will Graham Speaks at Raise Bakersfield Event

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On Saturday, March 19, Will Graham participated in an outreach called Raise Bakersfield. The open-air event, which was sponsored and organized by Christian leaders in the Bakersfield, California community, featured live music by several local artists as well as Grammy-nominated band Leeland. Graham preached three separate messages throughout the day, with more than 100 people making a decision for Christ.
 
“The Bible says that we are all sinners, and sin separates us from God. How does a sinful man like you and me have a right relationship with God? We’ll go to church, we’ll help people, we’ll be religious, we’ll be smart, we’ll be good—but we still fall short,” said Graham.
 
“But the Bible says that God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. The only answer is Jesus! He laid down His life. It was God coming to man. Not man coming to God.”
 
Graham followed up his time in Bakersfield with a multi-day seminar at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina, March 25-27.
 
For more information on Will Graham visit BillyGraham.org.

Sharing Hope in Jesus’ Name Conference in Orlando

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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Over 1,200 people attended the Sharing Hope in Jesus’ Name conference in Orlando, Florida, March 10-13. The joint disaster relief seminar for the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team and Samaritan’s Purse North American Ministries Team is designed to encourage and equip people to share the hope of Jesus Christ in these uncertain days, while strengthening their own faith as well.
 
“Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are about one thing: we’re about the Gospel,” Franklin Graham, president and CEO of both organizations shared. From fires to floods to tornadoes, the two ministries exist to come alongside communities and people in crisis, in Jesus’ name.  Besides Franklin Graham, featured speakers included Graham’s sons Will and Edward, and former Governor of Arkansas and Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

BG-RRT Chaplains Deploy to Ukraine

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RRT Chaplains ministering in the Samaritans Purse emergency field hospital in Lviv Ukraine parking garage.

Dozens of chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) are on the ground in Lviv, Ukraine, offering hope and providing comfort and compassion to families who have been forced to flee their homes. The team of crisis-trained chaplains are serving alongside medical personnel with Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian disaster relief organization that is operating an Emergency Field Hospital and a triage clinic near a busy train station.
 
“In a crisis like this, the greatest need is spiritual. These chaplains are ministering to people who are hurting and have lost everything. Even though chaplains don’t have all the answers to every question a person may ask, they’re able to share the hope that we have in Jesus Christ and remind people that God hasn’t forgotten them and He loves them,” said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.
 
BG-RRT is partnering with local churches to equip even more chaplains to respond to the disaster and has trained over one hundred Ukrainian men and women to become chaplains.
 
For more information about the BG-RRT ministry, visit BillyGraham.org/RRT.

Evangelist Will Graham Returned to Fredericksburg, Virginia

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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In preparation for the upcoming Rappahannock Area Celebration in June, Will Graham spoke at a Celebration Rally at Grace Church of Fredericksburg (Virginia) on Feb. 5.
 
“You’re not here by accident. You’re not in your position at work by accident. God has a godly purpose for you, wherever you are in life,” said Will, challenging the audience of more than 200 people from across the region. “You are an influencer in that area for Him. You are an ambassador for Christ. We’re going to represent the King, and we’re going to invite people to meet the King, because He can change lives.”
 
Graham was joined by Josh Havens of the award-winning Christian rock band The Afters. A consistent and popular presence on the Christian music scene for more than a decade, The Afters have garnered multiple top five hits on the Billboard Praise & Worship charts. Their music has also been featured on several primetime network television shows.

The Celebration Rally was one of many events leading up to the Rappahannock Area Celebration with Will Graham, which will take place June 25, 2022, at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center. For more information, visit www.RappahannockCelebration.com.

Remembering Billy Graham on the Anniversary of His Death

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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Feb. 21, 2022, marked the four-year anniversary of Billy Graham’s passing. The farm boy from Charlotte who counseled presidents and lovingly became known as “America’s Pastor” shared the Gospel with an estimated 215 million people in 185 countries and territories throughout his eight decades of ministry.
 
“In many ways, it’s hard to believe that my father has been gone four years. We all miss him greatly, but I know that I’ll see him again someday in heaven,” said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). “The message that my father dedicated his life to sharing is the same message we continue to proclaim around the world through BGEA—that God loves us and we can have a relationship with Him by turning from our sins and putting our faith and trust in Jesus Christ.”
 
A BGEA television special titled Billy Graham: “Are You Ready to Die?” was released in honor of the anniversary. The program shares Mr. Graham’s final message. To see the video, visit
https://media.billygraham.org/billy-graham-a-life-remembered/.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Deploys to Memphis, Tennessee, After Massive Ice Storm

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) deployed on Feb. 7 to Memphis, Tennessee, after a massive ice storm caused major power outages and downed trees.

“As we see the many lives impacted because of this ice storm in Memphis, our hearts are heavy for those who have had great loss,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT. “Our crisis-trained chaplains will be there to provide emotional and spiritual care as the area begins the recovery process.”

In addition, the team’s Mobile Ministry Center, a vehicle that serves as a safe, warm area for spiritual conversations and prayer, has been parked in the region for locals to visit.

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

The Light FM Named Radio Station of the Year by National Religious Broadcasters

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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Blue Ridge Broadcasting’s The Light FM (WMIT) has been named Radio Station of the Year by National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). The group recently released its 2022 Media and Special Service Awards recognizing the most outstanding ministries, organizations, and programs in the world’s largest association of Christian communicators.
 
“With all that is going on in the world today, it’s a blessing to be able to come alongside our listeners and provide the hope and encouragement found in Christ through The Light FM,” said John Owens, general manager of Blue Ridge Broadcasting. “I’m proud of how intentional our team is in fulfilling our mission of leading as many people as possible into a relationship with Christ.”
 
This is the fifth time The Light FM has been honored with Radio Station of the Year. The station previously received the award in 1991, 2006, 2008 and 2018. All award recipients will be honored during the 2022 NRB Convention, which will take place March 8-11, 2022, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
A listener-supported ministry founded by Billy and Ruth Graham, The Light FM is operated by Blue Ridge Broadcasting. The Light FM’s flagship station, 106.9 WMIT, has the nation’s 12th largest FM radio coverage area, reaching portions of seven states.
 
For a full list of frequencies, visit TheLightFM.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Deploys After Bronx Apartment Fire

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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After New York City faced its worst fire in over 30 years, killing 17 people—including eight children—chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) deployed to offer emotional and spiritual care.

“Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones, all those impacted by this devastating fire, and the first responders,” said Josh Holland, assistant director of the BG-RRT. “We want to show our support as we send crisis-trained chaplains to provide emotional and spiritual support for all of those who are hurting.”

The fire broke out Sunday, Jan. 9, in a 19-story Bronx apartment complex and smoke quickly spread throughout the building. The tragedy was caused by a faulty space heater.

Chaplain coordinator and retired police officer Jason Scalzi led a small team of chaplains who offered prayer and a listening ear to community members in the Bronx. For him, the deployment was about offering a “ministry of presence of just being there for them to grieve. I know the firemen and fire responders are grieving, as well,” Scalzi said.

“Sometimes just a hug or shoulder to cry on is better than any words could ever be,” Scalzi said. “[We were] there to serve in any way that’s needed.”

This marked the first BG-RRT response of 2022. More chaplains are still ministering in Boulder, Colorado, due to recent wildfires,  Kentucky following tornadoes, and Houma, Louisiana following Hurricane Ida.

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

Cissie Graham Lynch Offers Prayer at March for Life in Washington, D.C.

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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Cissie Graham Lynch prayed during a rally preceding the 49th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 21. Thousands marched from the National Mall to the Supreme Court to advocate for the unborn.  
 
With the Washington monument as a backdrop for the pre-march rally, Cissie Graham Lynch prayed, “Lord, we know You are the author and creator of all life, that You created us in Your image. And we know as a nation that we have sinned. And we humble ourselves before You asking for forgiveness.”

The mother of two stayed in D.C. after the march to speak at Saturday’s second annual National Pro-Life Summit, a one-day training event for grassroots pro-life activists of all ages.

Abortion was the leading cause of death worldwide last year, for the third year in a row, according to Worldometer.

Listen to Cissie’s prayer on the BGEA website

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Deploys Six Times in December

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In the final month of 2021, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) deployed to six locations, five as a result of natural disasters.
 
On Dec. 1, crisis-trained BG-RRT chaplains went to Oxford Township, Michigan, after a student opened fire at a high school.
 
A deadly string of tornadoes that swept through the Midwest resulted in four deployments, including northeast Arkansas and Mayfield, Bowling Green and Dawson Springs, Kentucky. Nearly 100 chaplains have served between the four communities, praying with more than 4,000 people.
 
The BG-RRT closed out 2021 with a New Year’s Eve deployment to Boulder County, Colorado, after 100 mph winds caused the rapid spread of the Marshall Fire, destroying hundreds of homes and displaced thousands of families.
 
The BG-RRT deployed 51 times in 2021, the most new deployments in one year since the ministry was founded after the attacks of 9-11. Nearly 1,300 chaplains served across the United States, praying with more than 40,000 people in 2021.
 
For more information about the BG-RRT ministry, visit billygraham.org/RRT.

Franklin Graham Serves Christmas Eve Meal in Mayfield, Kentucky

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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Franklin Graham joined Billy Graham Rapid Response chaplains and disaster relief teams from Samaritan’s Purse over the Christmas weekend in Mayfield, Kentucky, after tornadoes ripped through the community.
 
Together with food services teams from BGEA and Samaritan’s Purse, Graham helped serve meals on Christmas Eve and offered words of encouragement to the crowd.
 
“This community has lost a lot and what makes it especially tough is there has been so much loss of life,” said Graham. “I think it was important to let these people know that we aren’t going to abandon them. Even on Christmas, we are going to stay with them and help them.”
 
See more photos from the Christmas Eve meal in Kentucky on the BGEA website.

Will Graham Shares Christmas Message of Hope Online

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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For a second year, Will Graham shared a message of hope during an online Celebration. Recorded at the Billy Graham Library, the Christmas program premiered on multiple sites and Facebook pages on Dec. 20.
 
Graham was joined for the Christmas Celebration by his sister, Cissie Graham Lynch, who served as the host of the program, and award-winning artist Ellie Holcomb, who performed Christmas classics and favorites. Together the three reminisced about Christmas memories and traditions, while reflecting on the hope of Jesus Christ.
 
“True peace only comes through Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world,” said Graham during his message. “That Baby that changed the world 2,000 years ago wants to come into your life tonight.”
 
Visit the BGEA website to learn more about the ministry’s evangelism and outreach plans.

Franklin Graham Announces Rescheduled God Loves You Tour – UK

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Much has changed since the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) announced in mid-2020 that the Graham Tour UK with Franklin Graham would be postponed in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges in the United Kingdom. Even through these unprecedented circumstances, BGEA has remained committed to the goal of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ and in doing so has rescheduled the God Loves You Tour – UK.
 
The essence of the message that BGEA shares is found in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
 
Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said, “We want all people to know that God loves them and everlasting life is available to anyone. This remains the purpose for every BGEA event, and it is why we have named the rescheduled tour the God Loves You Tour – UK.”
 
DATES AND LOCATIONS FOR THE 2022 GOD LOVES YOU TOUR – UK
Liverpool: 14 May – Exhibition Centre
South Wales: 21 May – ICC Wales (Newport)
Sheffield: 25 May – Sheffield Arena
London: 16 July – ExCeL London
 
The tour will be free of charge and everyone is welcome. Additional details for the events scheduled in 2022 will be made available soon.

For more information, visit GodLovesYouTour.org.uk

Historic Gathering of Christian Hispanic Leaders Meets in Charlotte

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The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and Samaritan’s Purse hosted the first ever Hispanic Leadership Encounter, bringing Christian Hispanic leaders together.
 
More than 20 evangelical leaders attended the meeting—including presidents of evangelical Hispanic church alliances and evangelistic associations. There were also leaders of various denominations, and directors of publishing houses and high-impact Christian ministries among the Hispanic community that took part in the event.
 
Those in attendance had the opportunity to speak about what they are doing in their own ministries and discuss the needs and challenges they are facing. Attendees also learned more about the Hispanic Initiatives Ministry at BGEA as the ministry looks to add bilingual chaplains for the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team and Internet Evangelism volunteers.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Provides Emotional Support After Tragedies

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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With three deployments in the span of eight days, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) chaplains served a number of different communities after natural and man-made disasters, providing emotional and spiritual support to law enforcement officers, survivors and communities at large.
 
BG-RRT chaplains deployed to Wise County, Virginia, after Big Stone Gap Police Officer Michael Chandler was shot and killed on his 29th birthday while performing a welfare check.
 
Four days later, BG-RRT chaplains deployed to the Pacific Northwest after historic flooding in Whatcom County, Washington, which damaged more than 550 homes. It was the 11th deployment of the year as a result of flooding.
 
When tragedy struck Waukesha, Wisconsin, as a man drove his SUV through the crowd at a Christmas parade, six BG-RRT chaplains deployed to the area to provide emotional and spiritual support to the community.
 
Most recently, BG-RRT chaplains deployed to Oxford Township, Michigan, after a sophomore student allegedly opened fire at a high school, killing four students and injuring seven other people.
 
Additional teams of chaplains continue to serve at three locations in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida hit in late August. 
 
The BG-RRT has deployed 46 times this year, sending out more than 1,000 chaplains across the United States. Chaplains have prayed with nearly 31,000 people this year alone.
 
For more information about the BG-RRT ministry, visit billygraham.org/RRT

The Cove Hosts Law Enforcement Appreciation Retreat

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Law enforcement officers and their spouses came from across the country to take part in the Law Enforcement Appreciation Retreat at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina.
 
Will Graham (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association), Edward Graham (Samaritan’s Purse), Skip Heitzig (Calvary Chapel) and MLB all-star Darryl Strawberry were among the speakers at the event.
 
The retreat is designed to be a safe space for officers and their spouses to step away from the pressing demands of life and career to focus on the truths found in God’s Word.
 
“I am thankful to the BGEA and Graham family for valuing police officers, investing in us, and sharing such a beautiful property with us,” said one attendee. “I am forever grateful to this ministry for getting my life and marriage back on track.”
 
For more information about the BG-RRT’s law enforcement ministry, visit billygraham.org/RRT.

14th Annual Christmas at the Library Kicks Off

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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A trip to the Billy Graham Library has become an annual Christmas tradition for many, as thousands from across the Carolinas and the Southeast visit the Christ-centered Christmas at the Library celebration each year. More than 468,000 have experienced this wonderful season at the Billy Graham Library since 2007. The 14th annual Christmas at the Library runs Monday through Saturday, Nov. 29-Dec. 23, 2021.
 
“The Good News of Christmas is a message that is offered to everyone,” said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). This is what Christmas is all about, and it is the message of hope that we are sharing at the Billy Graham Library. Jesus Christ came to this earth on a rescue mission to save us from our sins, and everyone who puts their faith in Him can be forgiven and have a right relationship with God.”
 
Those who come to Christmas at the Library at the Billy Graham Library each year experience the retelling of the birth of Jesus Christ, complete with a live Nativity depicting the very first Christmas night. Guests can also enjoy holiday favorites including horse-drawn carriage rides; Christmas story time for children; live music from carolers; a beautiful light display; a large, ornamented Christmas tree; holiday shopping and more. Live Nativity animals for 2021 include a camel, a donkey, sheep, goats, a Zebu cow and a llama.
 
The Library’s operating hours during Christmas at the Library are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Christmas activities begin at 5 p.m. each evening. The Library is closed on Sundays. Admission and parking at the Library is free. Reservations are required for Christmas at the Library activities.

Visit billygrahamlibrary.org for more information.

Billy Graham Library Hosts Bikers with Boxes

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More than 5,200 shoeboxes, filled with gifts for children, were delivered to the Billy Graham Library during the 14th annual Bikers with Boxes event on Oct. 16. The event kicked off Operation Christmas Child’s (OCC) collection season for 2021.
 
More than 1,200 bikers from across six states transported the shoeboxes. A group called “He Provides, We Pack” took the top prize for the group that collected the most shoeboxes.
 
Award-winning guitarist Dennis Agajanian entertained the crowd, and OCC shoebox recipient Irina Creek shared her personal testimony of how God use a simple shoebox gift to impact her life.
 
To learn more about upcoming events at the Billy Graham Library, visit billygrahamlibrary.org/events/.

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

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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

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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

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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”

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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/.