2013: A Year in Pictures

By   •   December 31, 2013

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25TH ANNIVERSARY: The fall of 2013 marked the 25th Anniversary of ministry at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C.
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DECEMBER: The Sixth Annual Teddy Bear Tea was held on Dec. 7 at the Billy Graham Library.
NOVEMBER: Touched by the Holy Spirit in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
NOVEMBER: Touched by the Holy Spirit in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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NOVEMBER: Dennis Agajanian helped set the tone with his guitar prowess.
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NOVEMBER: Franklin Graham shared Christ to Chiang Mai and thousands came forward to make a decision for Jesus Christ.
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NOVEMBER: The Abundant Life Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand drew more than 70,000 people over three nights to hear the Good News on Nov. 22-24.
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NOVEMBER: Volunteers across the country helped staff one of the biggest outreach efforts in the 60-plus year history of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
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NOVEMBER: Hosts for My Hope were creative, including this outreach under a white tent, reminiscent of Mr. Graham's tent revivals in the late 40's.
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NOVEMBER: Living rooms across the country hosted mini crusades, where Billy Graham's message was delivered via DVD, online streaming or through local and cable TV programing.
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NOVEMBER: Prisons also used the My Hope videos to share Christ to inmates.
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NOVEMBER: More than 25,000 churches around the country registered for My Hope America, using one of four outreach videos in their church and homes to help reach their friends, neighbors and family members.
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NOVEMBER: Billy Graham is introduced at his 95th birthday party in Asheville on Nov. 7. Shortly after "The Cross" was shown to 900 guests, which included a clear Gospel presentation.
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OCTOBER: During the 44th Annual Dove Awards, Michael W. Smith kicked off a tribute to Billy Graham on Oct. 15 at Nashville's Lipscomb Allen Arena. The tribute honored Mr. Graham's life of ministry and promoted the My Hope CD released that day, featuring 11 Christian artists.
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SEPTEMBER: Listening to a Gospel presentation geared toward children in Fukushima, Japan.
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SEPTEMBER New believers in Tokyo, responding to a Gospel message from Will Graham, hold up lights to indicate a decision for Christ on Sept. 30.
SEPTEMBER: Fukushima Celebration of Hope with Will Graham featured the grandson of Billy Graham preaching in the same town that suffered a nuclear power plant meltdown following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Japan.
SEPTEMBER: Fukushima Celebration of Hope with Will Graham featured the grandson of Billy Graham preaching in the same town that suffered a nuclear power plant meltdown following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Japan.
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SEPTEMBER: "In Iceland, people don’t show their feelings. So for Icelanders to come forward to receive Jesus...," an emotional Iceland resident said after the second night of new believers. "This gives us hope."
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SEPTEMBER: After Franklin Graham delivered the Gospel message, hundreds came forward each night to begin a new relationship with Christ. “My wife was sobbing next to me,” one believer in attendance said about the number of people responding to the invitation. “And I started to cry. It’s just amazing."
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SEPTEMBER: Michael W. Smith brought an emotional worship set to the people of Iceland.
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SEPTEMBER: In a country of only 320,000 people, Iceland hosted the Festival of Hope on Sept. 29-30 in Reykjavik, where nearly 6,000 people came out to hear the Good News of Jesus.
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SEPTEMBER: “The streets are lined with piles of people’s lives,” said Rapid Response Team chaplain coordinator Carolin Perez, who deployed to the floods with her husband, Desi.
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SEPTEMBER: A 500-year flood devastated an area of Colorado nearly 200 miles wide and caused eight deaths. The Rapid Response Team sent three dozen chaplains to Boulder and the surrounding area. The chaplains prayed with more than 2,000 residents, many of whom suffered severe flood damage to their homes.
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JULY: “People’s worlds have been turned upside down,” said Rapid Response Team chaplain Kelly Burke. “You can see the tears and the emotion and the pain on people’s faces. Everybody knew somebody.”
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JULY: A wildfire near Prescott, Ariz., took the lives of 19 firefighters who were trying to contain the blaze on June 30. The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team arrived the following day to offer spiritual and emotional care to people who lost homes or loved ones. Chaplains spent a portion of their time talking with people near a makeshift memorial set up in honor of the fallen firefighters.
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MAY: Franklin Graham joins a prayer at a memorial of seven crosses for the seven children who died at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla.
MAY: Franklin Graham gives encouragement to the Moore, Okla., residents who survived the EF5 twister on May 20.
MAY: Franklin Graham gives encouragement to the Moore, Okla., residents who survived the EF5 twister on May 20.
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MAY: An EF5 tornado ravaged the town of Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 people and injuring 377. The Rapid Response Team responded to both Moore and Shawnee to help with emotional and spiritual care.
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APRIL: George Beverly Shea passed away on April 16, 2013. Mr. Shea was 104 and spent more than 60 years ministering with Billy Graham and Cliff Barrows, who gave a touching tribute at his Montreat funeral: "We lost the third member of our trio,” he said before breaking the moment with a well-timed line. "The two of us don’t sound so good together.”
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MARCH: New believers were given materials to help strengthen their relationship with Christ.
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MARCH: La Paz, Bolivia, the highest capital in the world at more than 2 miles above sea level. Here two women get a bird's-eye view of the Festival of Hope.
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MARCH: The Festival of Hope was an event for all ages, and thousands responded to the Gospel.
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MARCH: More than 90,000 people came out to hear a Gospel message by Franklin Graham at the Festival de Esperanza (Festival of Hope) in the mountain town of La Paz, Bolivia.
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2013: Most of the year's focus for Billy Graham was on My Hope America and the filming of "The Cross," which featured Mr. Graham's new message to America, watched by more than 2.5 million people on FOX News on Nov. 7, 2013, the night of his 95th birthday.

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173 Comments

  1. Robert Richards says:

    I would love to give to your organization financial help, but I have all I can do to give to my own church and then I still need help myself, yet. There a number of things I need and I can’t even afford to buy what I need.

  2. pastor MsonTer James says:

    i am glad that God found papa GRAHAM with had a perfect heart towards God and God has lavished His amazing grace on him. 2chr 16:9. I won’t be wrong by saying that psalms 89:20 ” I have found Billy Graham my servant and with my holy oil have anointed him.” clearly, BILLY GRAHAM is a servant and evangelist FRANKLIN is a great servant just like his father. The impact is MASSIVE. The impact that your ministry has made is only by servants. KEEP on serving God and humanity. I am currently reading a book by Billy Graham ” Living in God’s Love’ The New Yoke Crusade. If human is eternal Many like me would want Billy Graham to Live on. Looking forward to meeting with him. my prayer for your ministry is that you will never know a better yesterday. amen

  3. bishop bright kennedy says:

    He shows thro BGEA that He is unchanging

  4. Papa G. says:

    My immediate Goal is to work harder from this moment forward so I will be in a better financial position to Donate regularly to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association while supporting my Church family as well as my family at home. I thank our saviorJesus Christ for our salvation and all that he has blessed your organization to accomplish throughout the decades. May God Bless each and every one of you…

  5. Pastor Daniel Nanda says:

    Praise the Lord, i am Pastor Daniel Nanda serving the Lord as a Church Pastor, i came to know about the BEGA events through one of my Christian friend, and i came to know that in May 2014 the BEGA Association events is going to held in our city in Shimla, H.P, INDIA. i am very excited about that and we are praying that God will Use you to win more souls for His Kingdom, Plz. do send me details about your ministry or else plz. send it more about BEGA, May the Lord Bless you. with thanks Pastor Daniel Nanda. Harvest Church Ministries, Shimla, HP, INDIA.

  6. Infrid Forsberg says:

    I cannot imagination America without Billy Graham. Thank you sir for your life of service.

  7. Gabriel Olaniyi Adegbami says:

    I bless the Lord for what He is doing through BGEA. I pray the Lord will do more than ever before in and through the ministry in Jesus name!

    1. Gabriel Olaniyi Adegbami says:

      Thank you so much!

  8. TONY GALBRAITH says:

    BROTHER BILLY GRAHAM, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALL THE YEARS YOU HAVE GIVEN I BRING THE GOOD NEWS OF CHRIST TO MILLIUONS OF PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD. CHIST INSTRUCTED HIS DECIPLES TO GO AND PREACH THE GOSPLE TO ALL PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD AND YOU HAVE CERTANALLY FOLLOWED HIS INSTRUCTIONS ..GOD BLESS YOU … AND I HOPE TO KNOW YOU IN HEAVEN…TONY GALBRAITH..IN CHRISTIAN LOVE, YOUR BROTHER IIN CHRIST…AMEN…

  9. Juan Murillo Jr says:

    I could see the LOVE of our LORD has for us,by Billy Graham teaches.GOD bless Billy.

  10. Tom says:

    Happy Belated 95th birthday Rev.Billy Graham!! May God bless you with many more years of life and awesome ministry.I realize you would rather be with Jesus, May God’s will be done.I pray for you and your ministry.Please pray for me and my family for a great financial blessing.I than can bless you ministry and many others.Thank you.God bless you and your wondewrful family.