The Billy Graham Library from a Child’s Perspective

By   •   August 2, 2019

Lazy summer days are a good time for exploring the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here, cousins linger over a desk used by Billy Graham's family in the Graham Family Homeplace on the Library grounds. "I liked the lace gloves and glasses," said 9-year-old Ellie from Texas. After completing their visit, her sister Penelope was surprised that so many people still need to learn about Jesus. "I'm thankful I go to church every Sunday," she said.
Visiting Billy Graham's gravesite causes some young people to pause and reflect on the life of a man God used to share the Gospel of Christ around the world. Billy Graham's homegoing was February 21, 2018, and Ruth Bell Graham went to be with God on June 14, 2007.
The first stop on the The Journey of Faith tour is listening to an animated cow named Bessie. The Library is built to resemble a dairy barn to commemorate Billy Graham's childhood on a dairy farm. These children are holding scavenger hunt cards to fill out along the way and earn a prize.
Children are amazed at the larger-than-life statue of Billy Graham as Sower, which refers to Jesus’ parable in Luke 8.
Ten-year-old Joseph chose Journey to Hell by John Bunyan, author of The Pilgrim's Progress as his souvenir from Ruth's Attic bookstore. The straight-A student explains, "I'm different from most kids." Attending a public school, Joseph talks to friends about Jesus and has Bible debates over lunch.
Cuddling with a stuffed whale she'll take home to remember her day at the Library.
Taking a break to get a soft drink from the Graham Brothers Dairy Bar café.
Standing near Billy Graham's chair, this young lady scans his roll top desk for clues to the scavenger hunt.
These kids share a laugh and good food from the dairy bar.
The Billy Graham Library is free, family friendly and offers a message of God's hope to people of all ages. Make plans to visit this summer or throughout the year. Take in the wonder of celebrating Christ's birth at this year's Christmas at the Library, December 2-23.