Billy Graham’s Call to America

By   •   July 30, 2012

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
— Matthew 5:14

For Billy Graham, it’s always been about one thing.

From his 1949 tent revival in Los Angeles, to the 16-week New York Crusade in 1957, to more than 200,000 flocking to Flushing Meadows, N.Y. in 2005 to hear him preach one last time—it’s always been about the Gospel.

In November 2013, one event will attempt to send that message out to the United States and Canada at one singular time. It’s the biggest evangelistic undertaking for North America in the 60-plus-year history of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

The name of this endeavor: My Hope with Billy Graham.

“It could be Billy Graham’s final call to America to turn to God,” explains Preston Parrish, BGEA Vice President for My Hope with Billy Graham.

The method will change, but the message will be the same.

And the stakes have never been higher.

On the week of Billy Graham’s 95th birthday, Nov. 7, 2013 — Christians across the entire U.S., as well as Canada, will be invited to reach their nation like never before — one friend, one family member, one neighbor at a time.

Instead of filling a stadium or packing a park, My Hope with Billy Graham will take place in homes across America, where a 30-minute video presentation will be used as the catalyst to change hearts and lives. 

Some have referred to My Hope as the “Living Room Crusade.” Individuals, either on their own or through their local churches, are being asked now to begin making a list of non-believers to pray for, people who are in need of the eternal and lasting hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.

They are also being asked to register as host “Matthews” on the My Hope with Billy Graham website. (In the Bible, Matthew invited his friends to his home to meet Jesus.)

The public centerpiece of My Hope has always been a 30-minute broadcast — filled with culturally relevant testimonies, music and Billy Graham preaching footage. But t’s the training for evangelism and follow-up — along with months or sometimes years of prayer — that make the biggest impact.

Between now and next summer, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will conduct training on how to share one’s faith all North America.

The training for My Hope with Billy Graham will largely happen in one of two ways — online at the My Hope website or through pastors committed to the project. Many other logistics on how to involve 50 states are still being hammered out.

Then, during the week of Nov. 3 through 9, these “Matthews” will have the opportunity to invite family, friends and neighbors to their homes or other relaxed venues to watch a specially made 30-minute program with a clear Gospel presentation, and give an invitation to receive Christ.

This My Hope with Billy Graham program will be available via DVD, streaming video, and on other media platforms, as well as a nationally televised broadcast on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 — Mr. Graham’s 95th birthday.

“He believes the Lord is going to let him live until he’s 95,” Parrish said. “What an important time to do this, and what a culmination for his ministry of evangelism.”

My Hope is not a new evangelistic project at BGEA. For more than 10 years, 57 countries around the globe have hosted My Hope, leading to more than 10 million recorded decisions for Christ. Most recently, My Hope was used in the European countries of Portugal and Spain, along with the African country of Zambia.

“Every church that tried it saw results,” said Bill Conard, director of My Hope with Billy Graham at BGEA.

Many key church and denomination leaders have already caught the My Hope with Billy Graham vision, even though the project’s culmination is 16 months away.

“God is in this thing,” Conard said. “There has been such a wide acceptance.”

Both Parrish and Conard have been hearing one consistent message from pastors and denomination leaders nation-wide: Something drastic has to be done to save our country.

“Many people believe that if something is not done, three to five years from now, we will be living in a far different country,” Parrish said. “There’s an urgency about this. Come to God while you still can.”

Please join in praying for, and supporting financially, this massive undertaking for the Gospel.

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88 Comments

  1. Bill says:

    I am truly thankful we have Dr. Graham; he has always been a honorable man. His interview with David Frost about 30 years ago made me appreciate him even more because of his total honesty about his understanding of the Bible. He is a modern Elijah.

  2. jim says:

    Dr. Graham, you have done the Lord's work and I and so many others are so very thankful for the word and all that you have done. Go with God!Thank you.

  3. Alan says:

    Happy 95th birthday, brother Billy Graham! God continues to use you even today, because you have made yourself available for Him to use. From a little boy I remember your preaching God's message of salvation. May God richly bless you and your legacy!

  4. Tiffany says:

    I can't think of a better way to spend my birthday! I'm so excited to see this and pray for a revival in this great nation!

  5. Mary says:

    Congratulations on your 95th birthday – a truly amazing Man of God. I pray the Final Call to America will see thousands saved by the precious blood of Jesus. The Lord bless you real good, Dr Graham!

  6. Kathy says:

    I know there is an online broadcast on watchbillygraham.ca, but when are the tv show times?watchbillygraham.com is the tv listings. If you still cannot find it email internet@bgea.org and I will direct you. Also if you are on the homepage of billygraham.org you will see a banner that directs you to the listings.

  7. Carolyn says:

    I've truely enjoyed your sermons all those years. You'v been such an inspiration. My Mother shares her birthday with you, but she's 96.

  8. Bo says:

    I came to believe as long as God blessed Billy Graham to be living in America we would be semi safe but after Billy is gone there is no promise unless people wake up, receive Jesus and change our ways. He is our last hope, our last prophet in a way

  9. SARAH says:

    DR GRAHAM HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT RELIGIOUS SPOKEMAN IN OUR COUNTRY THROUGH SOME OF THE MOST STRESSFUL AND WORLD SHATTERING TIMES IN RECENT HISTORY. WE AS A COUNTRY NEED TO TAKE HEED AND LISTEN TO WHAT HE HAS TO SAY.GOD NEEDS TO RETURN TO OUR THOUGHTS

  10. Trina says:

    I have always looked forward to seeing and listening to Billy Graham. One day soon perhaps I may get to meet him in person. Mr. Graham you are such an inspiration to me and many more whose lives you have changed and continue to do so. God bless you.