Billy Graham’s Daughter Kicks off My Hope Week in Black Mountain

By Lisa Moseley   •   November 5, 2013

Nestled in the Blue Ridge range of the Appalachian Mountains is the quiet town of Black Mountain, N.C. For residents of Montreat, longtime home of Billy Graham, this small suburb is more than their neighbor; it’s a place where they claim as their own.

So when the announcement was made that Billy Graham would be presenting a new message, the local community took notice. Montreat Community Church, where Gigi Graham and her family are members, spearheaded an effort to bring My Hope America to Mr. Graham’s own neighbors.

“A large majority of the business owners in Black Mountain are Christian,” Gigi said. “Daddy always said it’s worth it even if just one will commit their lives [to Christ].”

Invitations were distributed to local merchants so they could invite their customers to a birthday celebration for Billy Graham at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. A framed photo of Mr. Graham’s late wife, Ruth Bell Graham, sits inside the center, which she helped raise funds to build.

The meeting room set up for the viewing of My Hope America’s first program installment entitled “Defining Moments” quickly filled to capacity. There were people standing in the doorway to catch a glimpse of this important message.

And when they realized even that wasn’t enough, a second room up the stairs from the first – staged with cupcakes and punch for guests to enjoy after the screening – turned into a secondary viewing space.

At the end of the presentation, Gigi Graham’s husband, and My Hope regional coordinator, Jim Wilson gave an invitation for those in attendance. In a room that was full of mostly Christians, six people indicated decisions to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Gigi shared that in her father’s early days of preaching, he was once filling in for renowned pastor Torrey Johnson at an event where the leaders were not confident in the young Graham’s substitution. Even then when just one man came forward at the invitation, it was all for the glory of God.

“My father impressed that the way to spell evangelism was P-R-A-Y,” Gigi said. “That is what we continue to do for My Hope. We will pray that these programs will reach even one that need to hear the Word.”

For local and national TV listings of “The Cross,” click here.

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  1. amy says:

    Happy Birthday, Dr. Graham! I grew up watching you on television with my family. I praise the Lord for all He has done through your unfettered willingness to share the gospel. You a beacon of light in this dark world and I am thankful for you.

  2. Bonnie says:

    Happy Birthday 95th Billy Graham! I have watched you all my life and appreciate all you've done to preach the gospel for my own family as well as the world! What a legacy you have modeled!!

  3. June says:

    God bless you Dr. Graham!…And thank you!

  4. Marcella says:

    Happy birthday Billy. I remember seeing you in person at the Skelly Stadium (Tulsa University) when I was a very young child. Thank God for you life full of love and sharing the Gospel, as only you can.

  5. Suzanne says:

    Happy Birthday Dr. Graham, I so wanted to be at the celebration at BMCA this past Monday, but will look forward to the airing of your message tomorrow night. Happy 95th Birthday, my brother in Christ!Suzanne

  6. Crystal says:

    There is a song…”Thank You For Giving To The Lord” by Ray Boltz…truly “I have a life that was changed.” A mentally ill father hurt a troubled daughter, my search for faith brought me to His salvation. in large part to you.”I am so glad you gave.”

  7. Bill says:

    Pray in thanks to your ministry and that Nov 7 you will enjoy your 95th birthday. My family and church family are observing “My Hope” on Nov 6 with the intent of seeing people repent and return to the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you.

  8. Olaf says:

    Thank you Billy Graham for being an effective and obidiant tool in the hands of God to bring The Gospel of Jesus Christ out to so many people in so many countries all over the world. God bless you,your birthday and your future!

  9. Ron Brumbaugh says:

    I got saved at a Billy Graham movie I thank God for using Him !

  10. Mary says:

    Happy Birthday, Billy Graham! You are so awesome Billy Graham. Thank you for delivering the truth of Jesus Christ to this nation. I will always attempt to bring as many people possible to the cross, that is what I am here for. Amen.