Evangelist Billy Graham Goes Home To The Lord Aged 99
“When the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.”
Reverend Billy Graham was an American evangelist and minister, internationally known for his devout faith, inherent humility, and inclusive nature. Born on November 7, 1918, in a frame house on a North Carolina dairy farm, it was his parents beliefs in God that prepared him for the life God had planned for him.
After graduating from high school, Reverend Graham enrolled at Florida Bible Institute, now Trinity College, and began to lead prayer meetings. He also preached at a local church, as an ordained minister of the Southern Baptist Convention.
In 1945, Billy was invited to become the first full-time organiser for Youth for Christ – establishing a lifelong path for him as an evangelist. A few years passed and the Evangelist began a national weekly radio program – “The Hour of Decision” – that continues today on hundreds of stations in the U.S., Canada and overseas.
In 1950, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) was born with the following mission: “to take the message of Christ to all we can by every effective means available to us.”
Going home to the Lord on Wednesday 21st of February 2018 Evangelist Graham was the first religious leader to lie at the Rotunda in the US capital, where only three other private civilians have received that honour. The Washington Post believes that this type of experience would feel familiar to him. He had already received some of the highest civic awards the U.S. government can bestow on a civilian: the Congressional Gold Medal (1996, with his wife, Ruth) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1983).
However what moved us most was the feature from his media, public relations, personal spokesperson and media representative Larry Ross who believed that Billy Graham was a media pioneer as much as he was an evangelist. Read the full article here and let us know if you agree.
Throughout his ministry, Reverend Graham was a pioneer in the use of technology to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means available. His message will be shared all across the UK—this time through the live stream of his funeral service at 5pm on March 2nd, 2018.