Franklin Graham: Season of Hope

By   •   December 11, 2013

Franklin Graham

Dear Friend,

Millions of people across the United States and Canada watched the My Hope with Billy Graham program over the last few weeks. My father’s message, The Cross, has been broadcast on hundreds of TV stations and shown in thousands of churches and homes. It will be several more weeks before we know the full impact, but we already know of tens of thousands of people who have shared with us that they gave their lives to the Savior in repentance and faith. Praise God!

One pastor of a very large congregation told me his church had 1,300 small groups that met in homes and neighborhoods to watch The Cross, and an average of more than two people came to Christ in each group. He told me he expected up to 3,000 more people than usual to attend his church the next Sunday. The pastor could hardly believe it.

Since my father had asked Christians to invite unsaved friends to watch the broadcast, he wanted to do the same. He had more than 900 guests for a gathering near his home—politicians, celebrities, state and local leaders, as well as some of his longtime friends and many neighbors from the area. We lowered the lights and everyone in the huge room watched The Cross with my father, and then we had a meal together. By the end of the evening, more than 100 indicated they had made a decision for Christ.

In the few weeks since his birthday, my father has had another bout with a respiratory infection and was hospitalized briefly before returning home to recuperate. As I write this letter, he is extremely weak but his vital signs are good. Our family would appreciate your prayers for him, that the Lord would strengthen him. Only the Lord knows what is in store as we look ahead to Christmas and move forward in service to Him.

I thank God for the thousands of churches who partnered with us in the My Hope America outreach. I am also grateful for each person who has taken part individually, whether by praying, giving, or inviting unsaved friends to watch—some of you have done all three. Our job now is to follow up with all those who gave their hearts to Jesus. We want to make sure they are discipled and connected with a Bible-believing church. Please join us now in praying for these many new believers.

During the Christmas holidays, we’ll be showing another powerful My Hope America program, Defining Moments, on TV. I believe this will have a significant impact. Our purpose is to keep the Gospel of our Lord and Savior in the forefront as we celebrate His birth. Pray that the Lord will use the testimonies and message to clearly communicate the reason the Savior came to earth. The only hope for our country is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is “the power of God for salvation” (Romans 1:16, ESV).

Our plan is to do My Hope America each year for the next five years—we want the week of November 7 to be Evangelism Week across America. 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.

We need your help as we follow up with the tens of thousands who have made decisions and as we reach out to even more. Your prayers and gifts enable us to carry out the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations (see Matthew 28:18–20). The Bible says that because of your gifts, “others will praise God for … the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them” (2 Corinthians 9:13, NIV).

May God richly bless you,

Franklin Graham Signature

Franklin Graham

A Christmas Greeting from Franklin Graham

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523 Comments

  1. Cherri Duncan says:

    I want to support the Billy Graham organization any way that I can. He has been America’s modern day prophet since I can remember, and now his son, grandson and daughter are continuing to carry on the tradition . We , as Christians need to rally with them to take our country back for our Lord Jesus Christ! Thank God for you and others who are taking a stand and actually putting feet to their convictions. Let me know how I can be a part of what you are doing . I know financially I can and will contribute . Is their anything else I can actually do other than pray?

  2. Betty d. Dixon says:

    May the peace, grace, and mercy of God be with your family during this difficult season. The Graham family has been a part of my family’s life for as long as I can remember. I know that God is pleased with you all and I am praying for God’s will for this very precious servant of The Lord. May He keep you all in perfect peace in the coming days, weeks, and months. Also, i pray for God’s healing power to be released in Dr Graham’s body, mind, soul, and spirit, in Jesus name and by His power. AMEN!

  3. TERESA HOFFMAN says:

    God give blessings upon your father I just found mine after three years that almost died of a heart attack….
    I am a woman of 48 just that has been looking
    for true love .. the kind that forgives no matter what how bad

  4. Theresa Anderson says:

    I’m sure this is hard on the family and I only hope this trying time ends soon for you all. I hate to hear that he is sick like this. I really think BGEA has been a blessing.

  5. Theresa Anderson says:

    I have stayed in prayer for Billy Graham ever since I received your email about his respiratory problem and his being weak. I never got to meet him and always wanted to. He is a gift from the Lord.

  6. Timothy L. Buffington says:

    God Bless Billy Graham and his entire team. Good Bless Samaritan Purse.
    I sure would like to sit and talk to Rev. Graham.

  7. Jane Barrett says:

    I pray that Dr Graham will continue to be strengthened in his innerbeing

  8. Suzanne Wehrman says:

    Will be praying for Dr. Graham.

  9. Minelva Oyola says:

    I love Billy Graham and everything that he represents for this nation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I remember as a child, when my father used to watch his messages on TV. I am praying for his health, that God be merciful with him and the many years do not hurt so much. I know that God has a special place for our beloved Billy Graham. God bless all those that follow in his footsteps especially his son, Franklin. I will always keep the entire ministry in prayer. God bless you all and Merry Christmas.