What do you want most? What would you give up to gain what you need most?
On June 3, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association launches its second installment of the My Hope America with Billy Graham evangelistic campaign program series. Billy Graham addresses human desires – and how to gain what you need, not what you want most – in “Lose to Gain,” which airs online at www.billygraham.tv and on Christian networks. See what happens when three people get everything they thought they wanted but learn they can gain so much more.
Pro-skateboarder Brian Sumner, comedian Michael Jr. and young professional Shannon Culpepper each wanted something different – success; laughs; love. Each was living a life that met their dreams, but then it all fell apart.
“We go on in our pleasures thinking they’re going to last forever,” says Billy Graham in a classic message included in the program. “The whole country is on a quest for something. We want something. We don’t know quite what it is. It’s elusive. All of a sudden you’re faced with it, just for an instant. It’s just a moment in which it seems that it’s not all put together. Then you forget about it and you go on, but it’s there and it will grow through the years.”
Professional skateboarder Brian Sumner was living the American dream. Raised in Liverpool, England, he came to the US, and at 19-years-old he joined the Tony Hawk Skate-park Tour. Making money, having endorsements and kids across the country imitating him – wanting to be him – was just the beginning. “I gained everything, but I had no clue about anything,” says Sumner. “I started thinking, ‘Does any of this matter?’ “
Michael Jr. had success in the Midwest as a comedian and decided to try his luck in New York City. He was invited to perform with legendary comedians George Wallace and Jerry Seinfeld. “I was making people laugh,” he says. “It gave me a false sense of me being okay. I was just as lost at the person using drugs every day.” He committed to reading the Bible and recalls the point in the book of Matthew where Jesus died on the cross. “I didn’t know where I would be the next day, but I knew what I was going to be aiming for; whatever Jesus wanted me to do.”
Growing up without a consistent father figure in her life, Shannon Culpepper looked for attention from guys. She met a successful man to whom she became engaged. “I thought I found the love I was always looking for. Because I never had that, I just settled – for a lot less.” Quickly, their relationship turned from bad to worse. Culpepper began reading a book on Christianity and realized that Jesus was real. “He was everything that I wanted. Except that it was eternal; and it was lasting; and it was real. “
In addition to “Lose to Gain,” other installments of the My Hope series including the initial program, “Defining Moments,” will all be available in various formats later this year as part of the nationwide My Hope America with Billy Graham evangelism effort. My Hope America with Billy Graham’s new evangelistic programs feature life-changing testimonies and powerful messages from Billy Graham. The movement encourages participants to open their doors and lives to people they already know – engaging in meaningful conversation and connections as a catalyst for sharing the hope and love found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
“We need you to be a part of this program – My Hope with Billy Graham,” said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “We need you to open up your home. We need you to invite your family and your friends to get involved. Let’s tell them about Jesus.”
Learn more about My Hope America with Billy Graham and watch the current Billy Graham My Hope series program, “Lose to Gain,” online at www.billygraham.tv. Check your local listings for broadcast times in your area.
About the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) proclaims the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the world by every effective means available. From its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., the BGEA directs a wide range of domestic and international ministries, including: large-scale festivals led by evangelists Franklin Graham and Will Graham; The Billy Graham Library; The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, located outside of Asheville, N.C.; SearchforJesus.net, an Internet evangelism project reaching thousands of people for Christ online; and many others through print, television, telephone, radio and the Internet. For more information, please visit www.billygraham.org. Get news updates on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/BGEAnews.