Plans Underway to Continue My Hope into 2014; Churches Encouraged to Show ‘The Cross’ This Easter

February 3, 2014

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 3, 2014 – To-date, more than 110,000 people have indicated making a commitment to Jesus Christ during the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s My Hope America campaign in 2013. As a result, plans are underway to continue My Hope in 2014.

While the project reached a pinnacle last November when Billy Graham marked his 95th birthday with the broadcast of his video message “The Cross,” stories continue to come in to the ministry about lives that have been impacted through the program.

“We will never be able to know all of the numbers, but we do know that God did a mighty work and that He changed hearts all over the country,” said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “We give God the thanks and praise—we know that He has done it.”

2013 Results from My Hope America with Billy Graham
Last November, more than 4 million households tuned in to watch “The Cross” on Fox News Channel, Christian cable networks and more than 100 local television stations across the nation. Millions of others connected online through the website, YouTube, Facebook and other avenues. In addition, it was shown in churches, living rooms, bookstores, coffee shops, prisons, rescue missions, and even drive-in theaters and aboard cruise ships.

More than 26,000 churches across the United States officially registered for the project, making it the largest U.S. outreach in the 64-year history of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

My Hope America impact stories from around the nation will be featured in an upcoming Billy Graham television special called “Hope Across America,” airing on local and Christian networks and online beginning Feb. 3.

Future Plans for My Hope
As a result of the project’s impact, plans are underway now to continue this effort. Many churches and individuals are already planning to host viewings of “The Cross” this Easter, and others are encouraged to do so.

“Pastors have told us again and again that the program is Spirit-anointed,” added Graham. “Some churches have told us that they are going to show ‘The Cross’ on Good Friday or Easter. This is a tremendous idea—what a perfect time.”

The program is available for viewing online at www.myhopewithbillygraham.org or individuals and pastors can order a free DVD by calling (877) 247-2426. It will also air on a number of Christian networks and local affiliates during Easter week.

“Our plan is to do My Hope each year for the next five years — we want the week of my father’s birthday (November 7) to be Evangelism Week across America,” continued Graham. “We want to continue to produce powerful evangelistic programs and material that churches and individuals can use to reach the lost around them for Christ.”

New My Hope programs are under development, the first of which is expected to be made available to churches and individuals this November.

More information on the continuation of My Hope will be released as it is available.

About the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world by every effective means available. For more information, please visit www.billygraham.org. Get news updates on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/BGEAnews.

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