Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Debuts My Hope America Film ‘Defining Moments’

March 4, 2013

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association debuts its first series installment in association with the My Hope America with Billy Graham evangelistic campaign.

The program, called “Defining Moments” shares the stories of three individuals – illusionist Jim Munroe, NFL player David Tyree and musical artist Lacey Sturm – who found success in their careers, yet still were searching for hope. The program airs on Christian networks and online at billygraham.tv

“God looks at your heart and God sees that you have a spiritual heart disease, and that spiritual heart disease is called sin,” says Billy Graham in the program. “The things that are broken in your heart and life can be restored in Christ, if you put your faith and your obedience in Him.” 

Illusionist Jim Munroe was a self-described “Master of Phoniness.” “As a magician, you’re very skeptical and you realize that most of what’s going on behind the scenes is fake or false,” he said. He reached a point in his life where he began asking questions about God and said, “God, if You are real, then I need You to bring me back behind the curtain.”

Munroe saw his request come to fruition in a very real way when he was diagnosed with cancer. With no cure available, he received a bone marrow transplant that saved his life. He was born anew in more ways than one that day. He clings to Galatians 2:20, which says: “It’s no longer I who live, but it’s someone else who lives on the inside of me, and the life that I now live, I live by faith.”

David Tyree was at the pinnacle of his career. After being named by the NFL’s New York Giants as their Rookie of the Year, his world came tumbling down. As he was arrested for possession of marijuana, he says, “I realized that I was broken. I was broken and there was no one to look at other than myself.” He cried out to God in his most desperate moments and in an instant his heart was transformed.

 After experiencing heartache and tragedy as a child, musical artist Lacey Sturm, former lead singer for the band Flyleaf, was an outspoken atheist. She suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts. On the day she planned to take her own life, Lacey’s grandmother forced her to attend a church service. As she hurriedly tried to leave at the end of the service a man stopped her and prayed that God would wrap her in His arms and fill her with His love and comfort. “I’m just so thankful that God sees us different than we are and He doesn’t turn away, that He looks at us with love,” says Sturm. “It’s amazing to think that God is a Father like that.” 

In addition to the current airing, “Defining Moments” and other installments of the My Hope program series will be available in a wide range of formats later this year – including TV, radio, DVD and Internet – as part of a major nationwide evangelism initiative by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

My Hope America with Billy Graham is a grassroots movement across the U.S.  that encourages participants to open their doors and lives to people they already know—engaging in meaningful conversation and connections as a catalyst for sharing the hope and love found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. One-on-one conversations will be the root of this relationship evangelism outreach, with messages like “Defining Moments” available for use in reinforcing the Gospel.

 ”We need you to be a part of this program,” says Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “Some of these stories are going to impact lives. We need you to invite your family, your friends. Let’s tell them about Jesus.”

Learn more about My Hope America with Billy Graham and watch the current Billy Graham My Hope series program, “Defining Moments,” online at billygraham.tv. Check your local listings for broadcast times in your area.

About the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association: The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) proclaims the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the world by every effective means available. From its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., the BGEA directs a wide range of domestic and international ministries, including: large-scale festivals led by evangelists Franklin Graham and Will Graham; The Billy Graham Library; The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, located outside of Asheville, N.C.; SearchforJesus.net, an Internet evangelism project reaching thousands of people for Christ online; and many others through print, television, telephone, radio and the Internet. For more information, please visit www.billygraham.org. Get news updates on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/BGEAnews.

 NOTE TO MEDIA: To schedule an interview with Lacey Sturm, Jim Munroe or David Tyree please contact Lisa Moseley at lmoseley@bgea.org or (704) 401-2116 / (980) 939-4377.

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