How My Hope Changed Hearts in Southern California Hills

By   •   November 5, 2013


All eyes have been focused on Nov. 7-10, when a new message from Billy Graham airs nationwide on Fox News, TBN and on network TV in all 50 states.

But days, even weeks, before the culmination of nearly two years of planning this nationwide outreach, God has already been using My Hope with Billy Graham to reach America.

On a 32-foot inflatable screen on a baseball field in the hills near San Diego, a showing of Defining Moments on Oct. 27 turned into defining moments for the the nearly 200 in attendance, including some 25 who responded to an invitation to receive Christ that night.

“Joy is something that comes from the inside and no one can take it away from you,” said Jeff Mendenhall, who gave his testimony, along with his wife Carrie Mendenhall in San Elijo Hills, Calif. “And joy is what my wife and I found in the person of Jesus Christ. It changed our lives completely.”

This “Night of Hope,” was so much more than a video showing, according to Carrie.

There was a heroin addict with a suicidal spirit who accepted Christ for the first time. There was a 16-year-old boy who rededicated his life. There was an elderly woman who came late without a chair and was sitting on wet grass, but after a stranger shared her blanket, she later went forward to give her heart to the Lord.

But this was also a time of revival for those hosting the event.

“We really have seen how God has changed all of us through working on this My Hope San Elijo Hills outreach,” Carrie said.

What started as a vision in the early morning hours of Oct. 1 caught fire quickly, as a passion grew to reach San Elijo Hills, Calif., for Christ.

A neighbor, Cynthia Allred, was first on board, and offered to fund much of the event and help get the word out. And did it ever. There was Mike Mendoza, the sound guy; Steve Ybarra and Carlos Gonzalez the musicians; and Bryan Jennings, the former pro surfer who came and shared his testimony. It all came together, including Jeff and Todd Myers hanging 2,000 invites via door hangers, designed for free by Michael Yee.

“It is so amazing how the Holy Spirit poured out that night on us all at the baseball field,” Carrie said.

The event also served to encourage the community to use My Hope America to reach their friends and family for Christ. It’s still not too late. To find out how, click on

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  1. mama J says:

    Billy Graham you are one powerful profet sent to us from our heavenly father. I thank God for your faithful years of ministering to this world. I thank God that I have lived to see my family witnessing their faith to our Lord Jesus Christ.

  2. Barbara says:

    Come to the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, San Diego Friday Nov. 22, 7-9pm and Sat. Nov. 23, 9:30am-9:30pm. Worshiping and more worshiping; see the change when we worship the King.

  3. Walter says:

    Awesomedacious….Great job, Praise the Lord for what He is doing and will continue to do this weekend…

  4. Patricia says:

    Oh beloved father who was going to say that in place where cry many times looking for you to find peace and quiet in this day you touch the lives of many hearts thank you for always comfort us and offer us those arms full of love and peace to our liv

  5. J says:

    Billy Graham has been an awesome man of God his whole life. Has SHOWN God's love and walked his talk. God bless you!!! I have been sharing all his posts about My Hope and encouraging my friends to listen. Our country needs God, our only hope.

  6. Chandice says:

    I am so looking forward to Nov 7th! I have always liked watching his sermons from years ago. He has always moved me to tears and touched my spirit deeply. I too am praying for our country to turn to God! We so desperately need Jesus!!

  7. Marlena says:

    My father mandated us to watch Billy Graham growing up. As he is now in heaven, I am so thankful he loved his family enough to introduce us to such a Godly man at such young ages. I am praying for tomorrow night's “My Hope.”

  8. Robert says:

    God is still in charge and my prayer is for a BIG turn around in our country for Jesus Christ!!

  9. Mary says:

    I know in my heart America needs to hear Billy G. give God's message again. May the Holy Spirit move. Our Nation needs God!! May the Lord God be lifted up and be praised. Lord we need a Victory!! Our God Reigns!!