The Hope That Never Disappoints

By   •   December 27, 2010

As we come to the end of the year, I am reminded that we are simply that much closer to our Lord’s return, the “glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13, NKJV).

The Scriptures tell us the latter days will be marked by increasing conflicts, wars, and disasters (Matthew 24:4–8), and recent events remind us how fragile and perilous our world really is.

Just a few weeks ago, North Korea fired deadly artillery shells on a South Korean island, leading to the deployment of a U.S. aircraft carrier and joint military exercises with a nervous South Korea. Within days of that incident, hundreds of thousands of top-secret cables from U.S. diplomatic sources were published, revealing the backstage drama and tension of seeking to maintain peace and security in an increasingly unstable world. The cables highlighted the nuclear ambitions of Iran and its rapidly growing threat to world peace.

Meanwhile, the fight against terror shows no sign of abating, as Islamic extremists spread their hate around the world, indiscriminately killing thousands of victims. The war in Afghanistan enters its 10th year, and our troops in Iraq are still in harm’s way.

None of this should surprise anyone who follows Christ and has a biblical worldview informed by the Scriptures. The Bible says that the heart of man is “desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9), and from that depraved heart flows an unending desire for greed, power, and control. That’s why world peace will never happen. “Nation will rise against nation” (Matthew 24:7), not peacefully coexist.

While the world futilely pursues political and economic solutions to problems that stem from sinful hearts, believers in Jesus Christ are to be focused on proclaiming and sharing the hope we have in Him: “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).

I want to encourage you to be intentional about preparing for the Lord’s return by being faithful in studying His Word and in prayer, and by walking closely with Him. I also urge you to be intentional about sharing the love of Jesus Christ with people you know.

At the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we will be busy proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom around the world in this new year, starting in Haiti in early January, India in February, and Liberia in March.

In Haiti we will proclaim the Good News at a stadium adjacent to the largest homeless camp in the country. I was in Haiti just a few weeks ago, and my heart was broken as I looked into the plaintive faces of so many suffering people. Hundreds of thousands of people are still homeless, there is filth and rubble everywhere, and the recent cholera outbreak has brought even more misery and death.

What the people of Haiti need more than anything is the sure and certain hope found only through faith in Jesus Christ. It’s a hope that never disappoints, even in the direst of circumstances. Pray for me as I proclaim Christ, for the safety for our teams, and for the local churches who are working together with us for the sake of the Gospel.

Haiti is not the only broken nation desperate for hope. Liberia, a West African country with historic ties to the United States, has emerged from a brutal civil war that lasted a decade and cost a quarter of a million lives. People across Liberia are open to the Gospel, and churches there have invited us to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ at a Crusade in March. Pray that many people will turn to “God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope” (1 Timothy 1:1).

I continue to feel an enormous sense of urgency for the souls of men and women as we enter the coming year. Though the cable leaks exposed the private thoughts of a few individuals for the whole world to see, the day of God’s judgment will be much worse when “God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ” (Romans 2:16).

The Bible says that a day is coming when the hearts of men and women will be laid bare before a holy God. “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13). For the believer whose sins have been washed by the blood of the Lamb, there is “no condemnation” (Romans 8:1), but for those who have not believed, there will be only a “fearful expectation of judgment” (Hebrews 10:27). What awaits is Hell, eternal punishment, and separation from God.

Pray for us, and as God leads you, we ask you to consider supporting us on a regular basis if you can. We appreciate the prayers of the saints and are grateful for those who share in the harvest of souls through their gifts and petitions.

In coming days, I want to encourage you to keep your trust in the Lord Jesus. Despite the trials and tribulations that mark this age, He says, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). The Lord is always “our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

May our Sovereign God richly bless you in 2011.

Sincerely,
Franklin Graham
President

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31 Comments

  1. Delores says:

    I do pray daily for you all at BGEA and pray God will even open more doors for His word to heard this year. May God, Jesus and Holy Spirit be glorified , through out the world. Thank you for being such a big part of all this to bring the Good News of God around the world.” Pray without ceasing.” Indeed we have to.

  2. Colleen says:

    I remember when I was a young girl, sleeping over my gram's house, and she would watch the crusades whenever they were on tv. I remember many things the Rev. said, but one thing always stuck out. He said something about being in a car once and something about not being alone in a car with another woman as to not bring embarrassment or unrighteousness or blame. I didn't get it at the time, but now I do. The whole world watches and judges, but the more blamless you remain, the better chance you have of being a better, more respectable disciple of Christ. It's a different world than when I was little, however, the message of God is still the same. Rev. had it right the first time. KEEP YOUR EYES ON GOD, AND YOU CANT GO WRONG. Amen. Love one another!

  3. Rocky says:

    Franklin, I usually don't say much, but I did want to let you know how proud I am of you. You had some very large shoes to fill, stepping into the President's role at BGEA. However, you have exceeded all expectations. This of course was accomplished only through the strength, wisdom and knowledge of our Sovereign God. He walks with you, Franklin, as He does with your Father. I have no doubt that you will succeed in Haiti, as in any other location that the Lord leads you. The Holy Spirit guides you, and Jesus is ever present in all you do. May God bless you this coming year, and may the great commission of God be fulfilled. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. And we will be in prayer for you and your Father's ministry. In His service, Rocky

  4. Nick says:

    Very compassionate. How awesome is it that the BGEA is faithful to God. They are fullfilling the Great Commission, as all Christians are called to do. Pray that the year of 2011 will be the year that all ears may hear the Gospel. God-speed.

  5. David says:

    Franklin I too like everyone else, thank you for all that you and the Billy Graham and Samaritan's Purse folks are doing in Haiti and around the world. I'm 61 so I've seen many diasters like Haiti many many times. Hearts are moved, people give millions, perhaps billions of dollars, it is sent to the troubled land and later we see that poverty and sickness still exist, perhaps worse than before. What is happening to all those billions and billions of dollars and material aid Franklin? There must be incredible rip-offs all around the world. I'm sure that you do your best to watch the money but let's be honest organizations all around the world flood Haiti with money and material aid and the people are still in unspeakable condition, something is very very wrong Franklin. What are your thoughts?

  6. Jervece says:

    Mr. Graham, thank you so much for this letter. I always keep up with your mission of hope. I know the way GOD is using you and your family, GOD is going to do something great through me as well. We are “in C-H-R-I-S-T”, the FAVOR OF GOD surrounds us, we are BLESSED and can not be cursed, LORD, I BELIEVE!!! Have a BLESSED and fabulous New Year!!! GOD is GOOD and JESUS is VICTORY WON!!! JN 14:6

  7. Dennis says:

    I grew up with the Graham Family. I remember my mom listening to the Billy Grapham Crusades on the radio after cominhg home from Sunday Evening Service. 40 Years of walking away from that and because of God's grace and mercy he was waiting for me when I came back. I have such a heart for the lost and hurting and wish I could do more than I do financially, but if we all as belivers, would ask God to give us MORE compassion for the lost we can make a difference for Jesus. May God Bless you Franklin as you now carry the torch of the man who had an inpact on my life.

  8. Mary says:

    Franklin, I am so very pleased to know you are going to help these people. I too have a burden for the people of Haiti and was invited to go hold a crusade there but never have been able to go. When I have raised money to send to a minister there to purchase food some people here in the USA made statements about the people there that I find unbecoming to a child of God. No matter what people say I believe its our respondsability to show the love of the Lord and feed the hungry. How can people that are starving to death sit and hear the gospel without our offering them food? Please keep up the work of the ministry.

  9. Marjorie says:

    I will be praying for all of you as you go out into the world to preach the gospel just as your Dad has done. May GOD bless you as you go INTO ALL THE WORLD.

  10. Ed says:

    I could not see the spiritual significance of your citing Sarah Palin's visit with you to Haiti.