CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 7, 2014 – Cliff Barrows, original Billy Graham Crusade Team member, longtime music director and host of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s flagship radio program Hour of Decision, celebrated his 91st birthday on Sunday, April 6.
Born in 1923 in Ceres, Calif., Barrows was just 22-years-old when he joined Billy Graham in his early ministry days at Youth for Christ, and he has served as an integral part of BGEA since its inception in 1950. Barrows recently said about his time of ministry with Graham, “I have tears of joy and gratitude to the Lord for the privilege of working with such a man who cares so deeply about people, who has a passion for saving souls, and who, over the course of his long life, has given his heart to the world.”
As Barrows embarks on another decade in his life, he will take on a new challenge – the debut of Hour of Decision Online. “I’m grateful that we have the privilege of beginning another dimension of our radio ministry online,” said Barrows. “The wonderful thing about it is we are going to have music on the program – which has been so important to our ministry since the beginning. And you can listen morning, noon and night.”
The exclusive offering will retain many of the same elements of the current radio program, including messages by either Billy Graham or Franklin Graham, but will add music and expanded first-hand recollections from Barrows to the program.
Barrows officially announced the new online offering during the Hour of Decision radio broadcast on April 6, his 91st birthday. The program will debut on Sunday, May 4.
Also, beginning the weekend of May 4, the Hour of Decision radio program – which has been on the air for 64 years – will be renamed Peace with God, which ties together the program’s past, present and future with the one message that has been the focus of the organization since its beginnings –the peace found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Listen to Hour of Decision Online beginning May 4.
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