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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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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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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.

Crisis-trained Chaplains on the Ground in Alabama Following Deadly Tornados

bgrttOn March 4, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deployed to Lee County, Ala., where at least 23 lives were taken by a powerful tornado that tore through the area.

“Tornadoes are unique in that they will strike with very little notice, changing your whole world in a matter of minutes. The trauma being experienced throughout this area—especially with the families who lost loved ones—is intense and heartbreaking,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “Our goal is to come alongside them, bringing the hope and comfort of Jesus.”

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is deploying in coordination with Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian disaster relief organization also headed by Franklin Graham. Together the two ministries will address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who have been affected.

For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visit billygraham.org/rrt.

Franklin Graham Shares Gospel in Thailand

fgthailandFranklin Graham held his first evangelistic festival of 2019 on Jan. 19-20 called the Amazing Love Festival in Bangkok, Thailand. Spanning both days, more than 41,000 people filled the International Trade & Exhibition Center to hear Graham share the good news of Jesus Christ. Another 83,000 streamed the event online.

“There are many of you here tonight who are in danger of losing your soul,” Graham said on the last night. “Jesus is the only one in history to take all our sins. No [other] person or religion has ever done that.”

Graham’s next event was held on the 60th anniversary of his father’s historic tour of Australia. Graham shared the Gospel in six cities across the country from Feb. 9-24, making up the Graham Tour. His stops included Perth, Darwin, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney.

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

Upcoming Women’s Events at The Cove Aim to Inspire and Encourage

thecoveThe Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove is kicking off 2019 with several events specifically designed to equip women with foundational, Biblical truth. Women’s Bible studies are being led weekly by Kendra Graham and Dottie Edwards. Graham’s teachings focus on the journey through the desert of the Exodus and continued through Feb. 26. Edwards encourages attendees to share the hope they’ve found through Christ, and her studies will continue through March 5.

On March 8-10, The Cove will host a Gold Star Wives Retreat, using Biblical examples of God’s kindness and faithfulness to widows, to encourage women who have lost their spouses as a result of military service. Then on March 24, guest speaker Angela Cottrell will outline Biblical keys to a passionate and confident life of prayer at the Women’s Spring Luncheon.

For more information about upcoming events at The Cove, visit thecove.org.

Evangelist Will Graham Releases First Book, Available Now

wgEvangelist Will Graham, grandson of Billy Graham and oldest son of Franklin Graham, released his first book on Oct. 23. The 50-day devotional, titled Redeemed: Devotions for the Longing Soul, features daily Bible verses and quotes from Billy Graham, as well as stories from Will’s life, family and ministry (including several about his relationship with his late grandfather). Each chapter wraps up with a lesson intended to draw the reader closer to God, while also pointing their attention to the many people around them who are seeking the hope that can be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

“I love telling ‘God stories.’ This book is not about me. It’s a book about what God has done in this world. I want to share a few stories from my grandfather’s life, and from my own experiences, about how God has been changing lives; about how God wants to change your life,” said Will. “My desire is that when you read this book, God will fill your hungry soul with good things from His Word.”

Learn more about Redeemed: Devotions for the Longing Soul at www.RedeemedDevotional.com, and order your copy here.

Will Graham Shares God’s Love with Thai People

willgrahamWill Graham shared the Gospel with thousands on Dec. 4-5 in Surat Thani, Thailand, the first of two southern Thai cities he visited in December. Graham then went to Phuket, where he held a three-day event from Dec. 7-9. Overall, approximately 15,400 people across the region of Thailand heard the Gospel at the Celebration of Love and nearly 1,000 indicated decisions for Christ.

At his last stop, Graham said to the crowd, “I’m here to tell you that Jesus is alive, and He’s here to rescue you tonight… It’s a gift. All you have to do is receive it—you receive it by putting your trust in Jesus Christ.”

The Celebrations were the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s final evangelistic events of 2018. For more information about upcoming events at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, visit billygraham.org.

Franklin Graham to Share Hope of Christ on Four Continents in 2019

franklingAfter returning from his visit to the fire-damaged community of Paradise, Calif., on Christmas Eve, Franklin Graham prepared for the new year. In addition to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the northeast U.S., Franklin Graham’s 2019 schedule includes stops in Thailand, Australia, Colombia and Cambodia. The first Festival of the year took place in Bangkok, Thailand, on Jan. 19–20. Next, on the 60th anniversary of Billy Graham’s historic tour of Australia, Graham will share the Gospel in six cities from one end of the continent to the other.

Franklin Graham Shares the Gospel in the U.S. and Abroad

franklingrahamFranklin Graham preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to thousands of people during the Decision America Pacific Northwest Tour from Aug.1-13 and the Lancashire Festival of Hope from Sept. 21-23.

More than 70,000 joined Graham for his seven-stop Pacific Northwest Tour in Oregon and Washington. Throughout the tour, Graham encouraged people to pray for their state and to stand strong for Christian principles in their communities. Most importantly, he preached the Gospel. “I want you to be sure tonight that you’re ready to stand before God one day,” he said at one of the stops.

He preached the same message of hope last month in Blackpool, England, during the Lancashire Festival of Hope. In addition to the 9,000 who came to Blackpool’s Winter Gardens complex, nearly 50,000 watched the three-day event online.

Graham continues to share the Good News, and announced he will be holding the seven-city Graham Tour across Australia in February of 2019. For dates and locations on this tour and other upcoming events, visit www.billygraham.org.

Will Graham Preaches the Gospel in Scotland

wgrahamOn June 15-17, evangelist Will Graham held a Celebration of Hope in Falkirk, Scotland. A total of 9,533 people attended the weekend-long outreach, and more than 700 people responded to the invitation to make a commitment to Christ. Thousands more, representing dozens of countries around the world, watched the messages via web stream and Facebook Live.

“Jesus is different than anyone else in human history. Jesus never sinned. He brought people back to life. He healed on the spot. He restored sight to the blind. And He’s the only One who died for your sins,” said Graham during one of the weekend’s four evangelistic services. “Jesus Christ isn’t dead. He’s alive today, and He wants to come into your life!”

Later this year Will Graham will hold multi-day outreaches in Canada and Thailand. For stories, photos, and videos from previous Celebrations or to find updates on upcoming events, visit www.billygraham.org.

Decision America California Tour with Franklin Graham

franklingrahamMore than 57,000 people joined Franklin Graham at his 10-city Decision America California Tour, and more than 3,300 indicated making a decision for Christ. From May 20 to June 5, Graham toured the state of California, stopping at different cities and calling the crowds to pray.

“We need a spiritual revival; we need an awakening across this country,” Graham said. His last stop of the tour was in Redding and fell on June 5 – Election Day in California. Graham encouraged more than 9,000 attendees at his last stop to be in prayer for each new leader.

For stories, photos and videos from the tour, visit www.billygraham.org.

Will Graham Preaches the Gospel in the Goldfields of Western Australia

willgrahamEvangelist Will Graham returned to Australia, a country in which he has preached regularly over the past decade, to once again declare the Gospel message of hope in Jesus Christ. The Goldfields Celebration with Will Graham was held May 18-20, 2018, at Centennial Park in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia.

More than 5,900 people attended the three-day outreach, which included evening services each night as well as a children’s event on Saturday morning called KidzCelebration, and a Church Together joint worship service on Sunday morning. Nearly 400 people came forward at the invitation to make a commitment to Jesus throughout the weekend, and more than 150 responded for prayer.

“So many people are chasing gold, possessions, and the things of this world. Yet they still aren’t happy. That’s because they’re chasing all the wrong things,” said Graham, referencing the area’s precious metal mines which employ a significant percentage of the workforce. “There’s more to life, and it’s found in Jesus Christ.”

For more information about upcoming events with the BGEA, visit www.billygraham.org.

Crisis-Trained Chaplains Offer Ministry of Presence in Hawaii and Texas

rrtChaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team have been ministering in three locations for the past few weeks: Kauai, Hawaii, following floods; Hawaii’s Big Island following volcanic eruptions; and Santa Fe, Texas, following a school shooting.

A small group of chaplains was already in Hawaii ministering to flood victims in Kauai when Kilauea erupted on May 3, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate. Chaplains have been praying with and comforting those affected by both the volcano and the floods for more than a month.

“We’ve had a lot of opportunity for ministry with the people in the community,” said one of the chaplains. “They’re so receptive to the fact that we’re here, that we love them, that God loves them. The name of Jesus is being lifted up, so that’s really great.”

Another group of chaplains just completed their deployment in Santa Fe, Texas. The community was in shock after eight students and two teachers were killed when a shooter entered Santa Fe High School on May 18.

“They’ve just accepted us with open arms,” said Jeff Naber, manager of chaplain development and ministry relations for the Rapid Response Team. “There was not one person who said, ‘No, I don’t want to pray.’ Everyone accepted prayer and prayed with us.”

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

Billy Graham’s Legacy Continues

Billy Graham was laid to rest at the Billy Graham Library on Friday, March 2. Thousands of visitors came to Charlotte, N.C., to pay their respects, recalling memories and praying. Although Graham passed on Feb. 21, his legacy continues through the various ministries of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

“People have asked if the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) is going to redefine our mission, or update our message. Of course not. That will never change,” said Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham and the CEO of the BGEA. “There are more people alive in the world today who need Jesus Christ than ever in history. We are going to keep on obeying Christ’s Great Commission until He returns, proclaiming the Good News…”

Franklin Graham has led the organization since 2000. For nearly two decades, he has upheld the ministry’s tradition of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ at Festivals around the world. His first Festival following his father’s passing was held April 7-8 in Lisbon, Portugal. This marks the first time the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has held a Crusade event in the Mediterranean country.

Three weeks later, Billy Graham’s grandson, Will Graham, will be in the Tri-Cities Region of Tennessee and Virginia for a three-day Celebration from April 27-29 to share the Gospel.

For more information about the BGEA’s ministries and how they are reaching people with the Gospel, visit www.billygraham.org.

Crisis-Trained Chaplains Minister to Suffering Communities After Recent Shootings

bgeachaplainsThe Billy Graham Rapid Response team deployed crisis-trained chaplains to South Carolina and Kentucky following fatal shootings in January. On Jan. 16, four law enforcement officers in York County, S.C., were shot while searching for a suspect after responding to a domestic violence call. While three of the four officers survived, the attack claimed the life of Det. Mike Doty. One week later, a 15-year-old student opened fire at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., killing two and injuring 14.

In both locations, the chaplains were requested by the community to provide emotional and spiritual care. They have had the opportunity to pray with families, local pastors, law enforcement, and many of the survivors.

“Sudden, tragic deaths like we’ve seen in South Carolina and Kentucky are heart-wrenching,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “They affect not only the survivors and the families of the victims, but the entire community. Lives are forever changed. Join us in praying for those who are broken and mourning, and those who will carry the physical and emotional scars for years to come.”

Rapid Response Team Chaplains’ Work in Las Vagas; Texas; Florida

rttchaplainsBilly Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains offer hope to those affected by the Las Vegas shooting and recent hurricanes

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has deployed chaplains to Las Vegas following the horrific mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. The attack, which took place at a country music festival near the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, is now the deadliest mass shooting on American soil in modern history.

“We mourn for the families that lost loved ones, especially in such an evil and violent manner. We grieve for the survivors who will carry the emotional and physical scars the rest of their lives. The terror that took place last night in Las Vegas will forever be etched in the minds of those who were present,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “We will be there to talk with and pray with the hurting, offering the hope, and comfort of Jesus Christ in these dark days.”

Along with the new deployment to Las Vegas, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team continues to work in the hurricane-devastated areas of Texas and Florida. As of this morning, more than 310 chaplains from across the country have worked in eight different regions around the two states, as well as in evacuation shelters. They’ve ministered to more than 18,000 people affected by the storms. Additionally, the team has a plan in place to send chaplains to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria as soon as the situation stabilizes to the point that they can respond. 

In natural disasters such as the spate of recent hurricanes, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deploys in coordination with Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian disaster relief organization also headed by Franklin Graham. Together the two ministries address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those who have been affected.

For more information on the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, including an interactive map of current deployments, visit www.billygraham.org/rrt and www.facebook.com/rrtchaplains.