Reflecting on a Year of Ministry

By   •   December 24, 2008   •   Topics: , ,

The past year was remarkable — Billy Graham turned 90, George Beverly Shea reached 99, The Billy Graham Library lit up Charlotte in December, and Franklin Graham preached at Festivals from Knoxville to Belfast.

But, it was also a year when the Rapid Response Team deployed 30 times to disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and another campus shooting. We sent aid to China following a devastating earthquake and watched our national economy stumble.

Through the ups and downs, we have endeavored to bring you the quickest, most up-to-date coverage. Please join us in reflecting on how God has moved and used this ministry in 2008.

1. Billy Graham Turns 90
America’s Pastor received more than 120,000 letters and email messages from people influenced by his ministry, while family and close friends gathered at a November banquet to celebrate. Some highlights:
“Dear Billy” — Our Readers Share Their Stories »
Birthday Banquet Honors Billy Graham »
Billy Graham Turns 90 as Nation Transitions to New Leadership »

2. Christmas at the Billy Graham Library
‘Twas the season to start a new Christmas tradition with family and friends! Thousands of sparkling lights illuminated the grounds and guided guests along the brick paths, through the glass doors of the Library, and into a world of wonder. Learn more about this amazing place:
A New Tradition Begins in 2008 »
Events at the Library in 2009 »
Lives are Changed for Eternity at the Library »

3. George Beverly Shea Celebrates His 99th Birthday
With more than 70 albums, hundreds of recorded solos, a place in the Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame, and a Grammy award, George Beverly Shea’s warm voice is recognizable worldwide. Read how he continues to glorify God:
Making Music for the Glory of God »
Cliff Barrows & George Beverly Shea: How sweet the sound »
To God be the Glory »

4. Rapid Response Team Concludes Busiest Year Ever
As 2008 winds to a close, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is reflecting on a year that has brought more tragedy – and thus more deployments – than any prior year in the ministry’s history. Here are some of the most highly read stories:
An Overview of 2008 Deployments »
Rapid Response Team Deploys to Tornado Disaster »
Chaplains Respond to Campus Shooting in Northern Illinois »

5. Run for Hope
While Kendra Graham discovered her love for running, she also had a chance to learn more about the My Hope World TV Evangelism Project through BGEA. Soon she decided on a singular purpose for her training: she would run to raise funds for My Hope. Others soon joined in:
Run for Hope: Bring Good News to the Nations »
Dara’s Story: Running for Hope »
Learn more about My Hope »

6. Franklin Graham Brings Festival to East Tennessee
The first domestic Festival of 2008 seemed to attract the greatest interest. Our coverage from Knoxville came in at number one among the U.S. events. See why:
God’s Light Shines in Knoxville »
Bands & Bikes Fuel Festival Fever »
A New Day in Knoxville »

7. BGEA Ministers Across Asia
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association chartered a Boeing 747 Cargo plane as part of a joint effort with relief organization Samaritan’s Purse to send urgently-needed supplies to China, following a May earthquake. Franklin Graham also made ground-breaking visits to China and North Korea in 2008. Learn more:China Earthquake: Aid In The Aftermath »
Franklin Graham Preaches to 12,000 in China »
Complete Coverage of Franklin Graham’s Visit to North Korea »

8. Franklin Graham Brings Hope to Ireland
The first international Festival of 2008 garnered the most interest by our readers. Read about this remarkable Celebration of Hope:
Thousands in Ireland Hunger for Renewal »
Celebrate New Life in Belfast: Read Updates »
The Right Time for Belfast »

9. 106.9 the Light Receives Numerous Awards
Not only did our station continue Billy Graham’s legacy of using the airwaves to reach millions with the Gospel, 106.9 The Light did it with excellence throughout the year.
The Light Lands Two Golds from Religious Broadcasters »
106.9 the Light Shines »
Visit the station’s home page »

10. BGEA Videos Attract Attention … and Souls
The talented individuals who work in the BGEA television and event production department continue to break ground in using video to share the Good News. Many new videos debuted on the web this year, two of which jumped to the top of the stats. Check them out:
Jeremy Camp ‘Web Exclusive’ Video: Let It Fade »
Paint, Passion and Poetry »
View other videos »

HONORABLE MENTION: Dare to be a Daniel
Inspired by the biblical story of Daniel, a teenage prophet who dared to stand for God in the midst of a perverse culture, Dare to Be a Daniel equips tweens to live out the Christian faith, dares them to love others like Jesus did, and trains them to share the Gospel with their friends. Learn more:
The Psalm 24 Generation »
Camp Daniel ’08 Blog »
Dare to be a Daniel information »

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