Billy Graham Reached Millions In His TV Ministry

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Guardian: US evangelist Billy Graham – one of the most influential preachers of the 20th Century – has died aged 99.

Graham became one of the best-known promoters of Christianity, beginning his worldwide mission in large arenas in London in 1954.

He died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said.

In a 60-year career, he is estimated to have personally preached to 210 million people.

Graham reached millions more through TV. more  

Opinion: And I was one of them.

Last summer, my wife and I spent a weekend at the Billy Graham retreat in Asheville, N.C. to hear Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis). It was there that I had a chance to tell Billy’s daughter, Gigi, how her Dad’s ministry had a major impact on me.

In was in the mid-1990’s when Editor began Bible study with my Mom. Neither one of us had ever read from the Bible. I was less than happy about it and let her know. I argued if she were going to take a major step like that in her life, we should do it together, but she was attending a ladies only group.

One night as she left the house for Bible study with my young sons in tow, I was  trying to figure out what to do about her continuing desire to learn God’s word. As I flipped through the TV channels, I came across a Billy Graham Crusade. I listened but didn’t really relate to the message, since I was raised Catholic and Billy’s message sounded very different.

At the end of the broadcast there was an 800 number for help and prayer. I dialed the number and told this person my dilemma. This person prayed for me and my wife in the name of Jesus Christ and offered to send me a devotional book free of charge.

A week or so later, “My Utmost For My Highest” by Oswald Chambers arrived at my home. I decided to try it out and wound up reading it each morning for the next 10+ years, until the book’s binding wore out. Editor and I have given that book as gifts and own several copies for our own use.

God speed, Billy.

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  1. Wow! Your testimony is one for the ages! I’m old enough to remember the early TV coverage of his retreats – no bands, no prosperity message, no gimmicks – just a simple gospel presentation. In light of what has happened to this country in recent years, this giant of the gospel will be sorely missed. I don’t see anybody who can even begin to fill his shoes. 🙁

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