2014: The Year In Pictures
“Come and see what God has done, His awesome deeds for mankind!” — Psalm 66:5
Will Graham kicked off the 2014 Crusade season with a Celebration of Grace in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, on Feb 7-9. In a place where Christians make up just 6 percent of the island’s population of 20 million, thousands of people heard the Gospel and hundreds made decisions for Christ.
More than 10,000 people attended Will Graham’s Celebration of Hope in Fukuoka, Japan, in March. During a children's program, more than 100 little ones responded to the invitation to accept Christ. Give to Crusades and Festivals to join the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
Will Graham carried on his grandfather's legacy of preaching the Gospel in a simple but powerful way when he stood inside a packed arena at the Central Mississippi Will Graham Celebration on March 29-30.
Two young actors brought Scripture to life onstage at KidzFest in Clinton, Mississippi in March. More than 1,500 people enjoyed upbeat music and a kid-friendly Gospel message from Will Graham, and many children made decisions for Christ.
Franklin Graham gave a heartfelt message on the value of a soul on the second and final night of the Greater El Paso Festival of Hope, held April 5-6. Despite a last-minute venue change, more than 16,000 people attended the event, while 17,000 more watched the live web stream. Many people indicated making decisions for Christ in El Paso and online.
Worshiping the one true God in both English and Spanish at the Greater El Paso Festival of Hope in April.
On April 28, a mile-wide tornado ripped through Louisville, Mississippi, killing 10 people and destroying many homes. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains Pookie and Mike Mattingly helped comfort homeowners in the wake of the disaster. The Rapid Response Team sent chaplains to 21 cities in the US, UK, Canada and the Philippines in 2014. The crisis-trained chaplain network was formed in the wake of 9/11 and exists to offer emotional and spiritual care to communities dealing with natural and manmade disasters. Give to the Rapid Response Team to help equip and deploy chaplains to offer hope in crisis.
A boy who responded to the Gospel invitation at the Hokkaido Festival of Hope in Sapporo, Japan, prayed with a trained counselor. A few minutes later, he was in the front row of the crowd as the Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers led a celebratory worship set.
When Franklin Graham asked for people who wanted to commit their lives to Christ in Tbilisi, Georgia, to raise their hands, hundreds accepted the invitation. The June 6-8 Tbilisi Festival of Hope in Eastern Europe only happened because of the power of God. A fire the week of the event left the BGEA team scrambling to find a new location. The team also faced protests and other opposition. But in the end, thousands heard Franklin Graham preach the Gospel from a crowded church courtyard.
Two prayer warriors, overlooking the Tbilisi Festival from one of the upstairs windows at Evangelical Faith Church, spent the entire Festival praying for God to move in the hearts of Georgians.
As Franklin Graham preached in English, an interpreter shared the Gospel message in Georgian. The message could also be heard in Russian, via headsets.
Dads and father figures of all ages gathered at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, to celebrate Father's Day with the first annual “Doughnuts with Dad.” Many took the free Journey of Faith tour, which tells the story of how God used Billy Graham to take the Gospel around the world. The Billy Graham Library is an ongoing evangelistic ministry that is free and open to the public six days a week. Give to the Billy Graham Library.
This woman's hands were shaking as she prayed with a counselor after coming forward during the invitation to accept Christ at the Warsaw Festival of Hope in June. More than 30,000 turned out to hear the Gospel and to join Newsboys and Michael W. Smith in worship.
What a welcome for Will Graham as he arrived in Mt. Hagen, Papua New Guinea, for the July 25-27 Celebration of Good News.
Will Graham and his wife Kendra traveled to Mt. Hagen, Papua New Guinea, in July. More than 23,000 people heard the Gospel at the Will Graham Celebration of Good News. Kendra Graham also held an event, which was attended by 700 women and children, many of whom have suffered through domestic violence. Kendra spent time hugging and praying with some of the women.
More than 25,000 people filled the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh over the course of the Three Rivers Festival of Hope on August 15-17. The event featured a wide range of music artists including Charlie Daniels, Kari Jobe, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Lacey Sturm and Michael W. Smith, with a powerful Gospel message from Franklin Graham.
Lecrae rocked the Three Rivers Festival of Hope in Pittsburgh with his Scripture-laden rapping and his amazing story of salvation, which is shared in BGEA’s short film, “The Cross.”
“God, if I can’t die, show me how to live,” Joni Eareckson Tada cried out after she was paralyzed during a diving accident at age 17. She’s been sharing the hope of Christ with a worldwide audience ever since. On Sept. 8, Joni spoke at the Billy Graham Library before signing books for eager guests.
The Greater Toronto Festival of Hope on Sept. 12-14 drew an average of 13,000 people per night, with tens of thousands more watching the live web stream.
More than 1,500 bikers gathered at the Billy Graham Library on Oct. 18 for the 7th annual Bikers With Boxes, an event to benefit Operation Christmas Child. Bikers collected over than 3,300 boxes, more than in any year past.
At the Billy Graham Library’s first Veterans Breakfast in November, more than 130 veterans and their families enjoyed food and friendship. It was a special time, as WWII veterans mingled with young troops just out of basic training. All of the guests heard a message about how Jesus offers a fresh start, regardless of what has happened in the past.
Jane Graham, wife of Franklin Graham, brought the Graham grandkids up to light the star above the nativity scene on the opening night of Christmas at the Library on Dec. 1. Christmas at the Library is a multi-week, annual event that draws tens of thousands each year.
Cliff Barrows, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s longtime music leader, held his final An Evening at The Cove event on Dec. 6 at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina. “We’ll never have another one like this,” Mr. Barrows said as he concluded the powerful night of worship. At age 91, Mr. Barrows has been serving with the BGEA for more than 60 years and continues to voice Hour of Decision Online. The Evening at The Cove series will continue in 2015 featuring Brandon Heath, Laura Story, Newsong, and others.
Hundreds of Duck Dynasty fans came to the Billy Graham Library on Dec. 11 to meet Phil and Kay Robertson, who signed copies of their books “UnPHILtered” and “Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen.”
Ferguson, Missouri, residents Calvin Taylor and Sharonda Williams were married by Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains on Dec. 12 in the heart of Ferguson. A team of chaplains went into the hurting community following violence and unrest in the wake of a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Since the chaplains arrived in Ferguson just before Thanksgiving, they’ve encountered kindness and hospitality from all parts of the community and have had opportunities to talk and pray with hundreds of people.