Franklin Graham: Season of Hope

By   •   December 11, 2013

Franklin Graham

Dear Friend,

Millions of people across the United States and Canada watched the My Hope with Billy Graham program over the last few weeks. My father’s message, The Cross, has been broadcast on hundreds of TV stations and shown in thousands of churches and homes. It will be several more weeks before we know the full impact, but we already know of tens of thousands of people who have shared with us that they gave their lives to the Savior in repentance and faith. Praise God!

One pastor of a very large congregation told me his church had 1,300 small groups that met in homes and neighborhoods to watch The Cross, and an average of more than two people came to Christ in each group. He told me he expected up to 3,000 more people than usual to attend his church the next Sunday. The pastor could hardly believe it.

Since my father had asked Christians to invite unsaved friends to watch the broadcast, he wanted to do the same. He had more than 900 guests for a gathering near his home—politicians, celebrities, state and local leaders, as well as some of his longtime friends and many neighbors from the area. We lowered the lights and everyone in the huge room watched The Cross with my father, and then we had a meal together. By the end of the evening, more than 100 indicated they had made a decision for Christ.

In the few weeks since his birthday, my father has had another bout with a respiratory infection and was hospitalized briefly before returning home to recuperate. As I write this letter, he is extremely weak but his vital signs are good. Our family would appreciate your prayers for him, that the Lord would strengthen him. Only the Lord knows what is in store as we look ahead to Christmas and move forward in service to Him.

I thank God for the thousands of churches who partnered with us in the My Hope America outreach. I am also grateful for each person who has taken part individually, whether by praying, giving, or inviting unsaved friends to watch—some of you have done all three. Our job now is to follow up with all those who gave their hearts to Jesus. We want to make sure they are discipled and connected with a Bible-believing church. Please join us now in praying for these many new believers.

During the Christmas holidays, we’ll be showing another powerful My Hope America program, Defining Moments, on TV. I believe this will have a significant impact. Our purpose is to keep the Gospel of our Lord and Savior in the forefront as we celebrate His birth. Pray that the Lord will use the testimonies and message to clearly communicate the reason the Savior came to earth. The only hope for our country is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is “the power of God for salvation” (Romans 1:16, ESV).

Our plan is to do My Hope America each year for the next five years—we want the week of November 7 to be Evangelism Week across America. We want to continue to produce powerful evangelistic programs and material that churches and individuals can use to reach the lost around them for Christ.

We need your help as we follow up with the tens of thousands who have made decisions and as we reach out to even more. Your prayers and gifts enable us to carry out the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations (see Matthew 28:18–20). The Bible says that because of your gifts, “others will praise God for … the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them” (2 Corinthians 9:13, NIV).

May God richly bless you,

Franklin Graham Signature

Franklin Graham

A Christmas Greeting from Franklin Graham

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  1. Ann Mingerink says:

    Praying for you, Reverend Graham. God’s joy and peace be with you.

  2. Becky salinas says:

    Billy, Thanks for the Chrismas card hope to see you see givens us more of the word of god..becky

  3. Carmen Gutierrez says:

    Thank you Brother Franklin, for your faithfulness to the Glorious Gospel of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We pray for you, your family and staff. May the Good Lord continue to bless you and use you for His Glory and victory of His people.
    Dr. Graham, as a minister of the Gospel you have given exemplary service to the Body of Christ and the the world, and your son Franklin is following in your footsteps. Good bless you all abundantly, in everything you do!!!!
    Merry, merry Christmas and a Glorious, Peaceful, and Prosperous New Year.
    You are greatly loved and appreciated.
    Carmen Gutierrez
    Miami, Fl

  4. Raymond Chan says:

    I know about Billy Graham and his ministry since the 1950’s.
    I will pray for his recoveryand know that whatever happens he is in God’s hand.

  5. Michael Falconeri says:

    Thank you and may God Bless you.

  6. Dawn Parnell says:

    I have always thought your father was a great man I will pray for his recovery so that others will be able to hear his voice speaking for Christ our God.

  7. Bink Collier says:

    Franklin, Dr. Graham, Will, and Staff,
    I am in prayer for your ministry and support as we fulfill the great commission. I will continue to support this mighty ministry for His Kingdom purpose. We are seeing Revival too in prisons and sharing our Faith the in public.
    His love and Blessings,
    Bink Collier

  8. Sister Martha says:

    Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year. Praising and Thanking the Lord for BGEA, Remembering you and yours in prayer.

  9. Beverly Price says:

    My heartfelt prayer for you Franklin and for your father I have love and respected your Christian teachings all of my life. May the Good Lord Bless and keep your family at this Holy time of year as we rejoice in the birth of our Savior. May the spirit of Christmas be felt throughout the World and Bless you all for the good works that you do and the joy that you bring to each heart you touch and each soul you save. Merry Christmas to all your family and may Billy continue on the road to recovery Amen.

  10. gary steffe says:

    praying for your father and your family my god bless your family and a very merry Christmas and a happy new year