Sharing the Amazing News of Jesus Christ around the World

By A Letter from Franklin Graham   •   July 22, 2010

At the end of May, I led an evangelistic Crusade in Belo Horizonte, the third largest city in Brazil with a metro population of more than 4 million people. We were scheduled to use the large soccer stadium downtown, but were preempted at the last minute when the city had to change the dates of two championship soccer matches to make way for World Cup qualifying. We moved the Crusade to a megaplex about 10 miles outside the city, and I wondered how people were going to make their way that far out.

To my surprise, thousands came the first evening, with crowds totaling more than 65,000 on the last day, and several thousand people surrendered their hearts to the Lord Jesus Christ. In the days and weeks since then, hundreds of local churches who partnered with us to proclaim the Gospel have been following up individually with those who made decisions.

Immediately after returning from Brazil, I left for China where I had the privilege of proclaiming the Gospel in Harbin, a city of almost 5.5 million located above the Korean peninsula near China’s border with Russia. It is the largest city of northern China and has many active churches. I preached to an overflow crowd at the Hallelujah Church, which seats 8,000, and when I gave an invitation, hundreds stood to make public decisions for Christ.

While in China, a very special opportunity was given to me to visit Huai’an, the city where my mother grew up. She was the daughter of Dr. L. Nelson Bell, a medical missionary in China. The Central Church of Huai’an, a thriving church close to my mother’s birthplace, has opened a training center that will prepare 60 to 70 lay Christians at a time for strategic outreach and ministry. They’ve named it the Ruth Bell Graham Bible Institute and Museum, and it includes a historical exhibit area with artifacts, displays, and media presentations designed to preserve the stories of what God has done through the years in China.

When the Lord held back the waters of the Jordan River to allow the people of Israel to cross near Jericho, He told Joshua to remove 12 large stones from the riverbed and place them nearby as a permanent memorial. Joshua set up the stones and told the people, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground’ … so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty” (Joshua 4:21–22, 24, ESV). The new public exhibit in Huai’an has a very similar purpose, and through it the Gospel is clearly presented.

My daughter, Cissie, and my sister Gigi participated with me in a dedication celebration as, together with our Chinese Christian hosts, we officially opened the center. The next day, on what would have been my mother’s 90th birthday, I preached to more than 5,000 people at a joyful worship service in the Central Church of Huai’an. In the audience were some of my mother’s friends who showed me photos taken with my mother when they were children. It was a wonderful experience for my daughter, my sister, and me to meet them.

What thrilled me the most, however, was when so many stood at the invitation to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. While the church in America is losing religious freedom and struggling to grow, the church in China is gaining freedom and growing rapidly. It’s not perfect by any means, but it certainly has come a long way in the past 20 years. We’ve already received invitations to preach the Gospel in several Chinese cities in 2011. Pray that the Lord will give us wisdom and guidance so that we may reap the harvest the Lord is preparing.

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I’m preparing for another Rock the River Tour, traveling this month across western Canada from British Columbia to Alberta. Young, high-energy Christian bands will play for about an hour and a half, and then I will get up and preach Christ and trust God for a harvest. The bands will play again, and I’ll return to preach, and trust God to convict of sin and righteousness. More live music will follow, and I’ll preach God’s Gospel again and trust Him to work through the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray for me that God will give me strength, that many young people will be delivered from a hedonistic lifestyle of sex and drugs, and that the power of the Gospel will save them from Hell.

Last summer, God brought thousands of young people to saving faith as we took Rock the River up the Mississippi from Baton Rouge to Minneapolis, and I would appreciate your prayers this month for our outreach in the cities of the Fraser Valley near Vancouver, and then in Edmonton and Calgary.

Like the United States, Canada is an increasingly secularized, godless culture in great need of the Gospel. Pray for a great harvest.

As we move into a busy season of ministry in late summer and fall, BGEA’s income is somewhat down. Pray with us that God will provide resources that match the opportunities He has placed before us. Any financial gift you can give this month would be greatly appreciated. It would be an investment in reaching souls, and we are thankful for your generosity.

My father is well for his age, and his mind is clear. He wants to preach again and is hoping the Lord might give him strength to do so in coming months. I know he would appreciate your prayers.

Thank you, and may God richly bless you,

Franklin Graham


President

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66 Comments

  1. T.S. says:

    Matthew 7:21″Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. – Praise the Lord – First thing in the morning- Praise the Lord Jesus all through the day- Know that when you come to the Lord Jesus he hears you. When you learn about our Lord Jesus you will no longer need. My prayer: Lord Jesus, Forgive me for the sins that I have committed against the Father. Show mercy on my soul and fill me with the knowlege of your ever loving will. Guard me from danger Lord and place peaceful words in my mouth. If it is your will Lord please heal our nation and allow our countrymen to find work for their hands. Father allow the evil root that has been planted in our country to be cut from it's root and place our country back into the hands of your good and faithful servants. Lord I ask you to heal our land, economy, businesses, families, and to continue to show mercy on the lost people that are still wandering in the wilderness, empty and trusting in their own strength. Father have mercy on those that have yet to spend time with you in the Word, in their free moments, speak to them Lord and show them that we are counting on them to come to the Truth by your Grace and Lovingkindness. My prayer to you Lord Jesus is that you continue to bring health and prosperity to Franklin. Fill him with strength as you have his father Billy. Guard his path and protect him as he spreads your Truth and good news.

  2. manibabu says:

    So good, I am prraying for my father billygraham sir , iam manibabu indian please pray for ministries.

  3. Luis Nieves says:

    Perfect timing!!. Pastor Graham, like Linda I have been kind of confused with Larry King's interview, in addition to comments from Christ Followers questioning the position of Billy Graham Association. To tell you the truth, I was hesitant to support financially. Now more than ever we need to stand clear and bold on what the Gospel of Jesus truly is. Thank you and KEEP UP!

  4. jennifer says:

    It's such a blessing to hear all that God is doing in China. We lived in China for 7 years and we love the people of China, they are such devoted and hard-working people. We have adopted two of our own precious blessings. Praise God for all that Ruth and her family gave while in China and continues to give. I've read the book, “Ruth” and several of Billy Graham's books. What a blessing to hear what God is doing through all of you in China and around the world. Glory Be to Him. God's Blessings as you go forth and teach all nations, nothing is impossible with God. In Jesus Love and prayers.

  5. Joe says:

    Praise God regarding the open door of ministry in communist China, however let us not forget our brethren in the house churches, pray for them for they suffer for Jesus for there is little freedom in China. You can bet that the secret police was watching who stood up to receive Christ. Pray for ministries such as Voice of the Martyrs. The wind of the Holy Spirit can not be stopped by a brutal regime. Even as the crackdown continues thousands come to Jesus daily.

  6. cher says:

    set your mind and heart on things above.