Take The Greatest Journey This Christmas

By A Letter from Franklin Graham   •   November 24, 2010

As we come to this Christmas season, there are millions and millions of people around us who are going to Hell. Every time we go to the mall, a restaurant, or the grocery store, we are passing by or sitting beside souls lost for eternity. They may be dressed nicely, affluent, or poor, but their souls are lost and destined for Hell. They need to know Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. And the good news of Christmas is that the Savior has come.

The greatest journey ever undertaken in all of history was when Jesus “came down from heaven” 2,000 years ago (John 3:13, NKJV) to a Bethlehem stable. The Scriptures foretold the arrival of the Savior, who would come for one purpose: to rescue men, women, and children from their sins.

The Lord of all creation willingly left the glorious splendor of Heaven to come to our fallen world, where He died on a cross, rose from the grave, and ascended triumphantly to the right hand of the Father.

This Christmas, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has a remarkable opportunity that I would like to share with you to reach children and their loved ones around the world with this glorious Good News.

In the coming weeks, Operation Christmas Child will be distributing gift-filled shoe boxes to children in more than 100 countries. This project of Samaritan’s Purse has collected and delivered shoe boxes filled with Christmas gifts to more than 80 million poor or suffering children all over the world.

This year BGEA is partnering with Operation Christmas Child (OCC) in its follow-up program to help disciple and train many of these children who receive Christ as Savior as a result of OCC’s outreach. This new program is called The Greatest Journey. It’s a 12-lesson series–currently in 28 languages–that is taught by trained local volunteers who have a heart to see children become faithful followers of Christ. Children who finish the entire study receive a special New Testament and a certificate. Already we have numerous reports of family members who have been saved through the testimony of their children who completed the course. This multiplies the impact of the Gospel in communities around the world.

Through the ministry of BGEA, millions of children who are receiving shoe box gifts can learn about the greatest gift of all, the “gift of … eternal life in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:23). You can help make this possible. With a gift of just $6, you can “adopt” a child who is eager to learn, providing 12 Bible lessons and a New Testament. For $90, you can adopt a classroom of 15 children. This is an incredible opportunity to make a difference, an investment that can change a child’s life now and for eternity. Could there be any better way to celebrate the birth of Jesus?

I have just returned from the former Soviet bloc nation of Latvia, where we proclaimed to overflow crowds that “now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2, NIV). God drew many people to Himself.

Two weeks earlier, I led a Crusade in Osaka, Japan, which God greatly blessed–nearly one out of every 12 in attendance made public decisions for Christ, a remarkable response in the Japanese culture. That same weekend my oldest son, Will, led a Crusade in the South American nation of Uruguay, the most secular country in the Western Hemisphere, and more than fifteen hundred were changed by the power of the Gospel. This is all the work of God, and we stand in awe.

We are excited about the opportunities God has given us for next year, and I ask for your prayers. We start the new year in Haiti with an all-out evangelistic effort marking the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed over 300,000 people there. Our chaplains have been on the ground since the quake working with Haitian pastors, ministering to those who suffered so greatly–and more recently, they have ministered in the midst of the terrible cholera epidemic I am sure you have seen on the news.

From Haiti we will be going in March to Liberia, to bring the hope of the Gospel to a country that has been devastated by 20 years of civil war. In the following months we also have Crusades scheduled in Los Angeles, Milwaukee, the Jersey Shore, and Denver, before heading to Canada and later to India. In every place, we will preach the message of repentance, forgiveness, and salvation through Jesus Christ, the only message that will save from Hell.

Thank you for your prayers–they are vital to our work. And thank you for partnering with us financially. We are grateful for everything you do to make this work possible.

May God bless you and your family this Christmas, and may your heart overflow with His peace and joy throughout the coming year.

Franklin Graham

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Your gift of $6 will provide the Greatest Journey discipleship materials and a New Testament for one child. What better value is there than “adopting” a child for discipleship for just $6 or a classroom of 15 for $90? The program–currently in 28 languages–helps children come to know Christ and learn how to be faithful followers and share their faith.
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As His ambassadors in this world, God calls us to tell people–to the ends of the earth–about the hope found in Jesus Christ. He is the only way to Heaven, the only hope for mankind. As we look at our Crusade commitments for this year, the opportunities are great. You can make an investment that yields eternal dividends by being a part of spreading the truth of the Gospel around the world.
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My father has always loved to preach and write about Christ’s faithfulness. I believe this is because he has experienced that sustaining faithfulness so deeply and personally in his own life through the years. From his many insights on the subject, we’ve collected 31 hope-filled reflections for an exclusive new devotional book, Alone with the Savior. We’ll send you a copy as our thanks when you give a gift this month.

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  1. alice says:

    I'm one of your fathers followers since his first tv and a visit to Phoenix I was a young mother of three but I had a mother that held Sunday School for a family of a eleven on the ranch. My mother would climb the mountain behind our house every morning before she got us all up she said that was her hour with God. I'll be 8o in Feb. I have so many blessing to numorus to write. But thanking you and BEGA. I did keep all my Decision magazines but I have been taking them to the doctors offices and leaving them.

  2. Rosalind says:

    I just wanted to say Thank You for all that you do! I hope that I can personally meet you both one day on this side of heaven because I know that you are incredible men of God. You have been inspiring me and motivating me all of my life. Thank You so much for being who God created you to be. God Bless You Both!

  3. 'No Name' says:

    I've lived a life of sin and self till the last few years and I'm glad to find out about this program. Packing that shoe box meant as much to me as it will the child that opens it. Praise GOD!

  4. Judy says:

    I never married nor had children, I am so pleased to help spread joy to a child in a country where they may be forgotton. I also give locally here in Los Angeles, and when I hear people comment about helping the US first, I say, “of course we should, but we also shouldn't forget the children in other countries where this maybe the only gift they get all year.” Forgetting the children especially at Christmas, when that child who brought us peace and hope should be honored. The last few years have not been easy ones for me financially, but when I'm about to fall, some unexpected work shows up. Thank you BGEA for being faithful stewards. Merry, Merry Christmas and much love.

  5. dianne says:

    God Bless you and your family. i love hearing about our Lord. I love to hear of all the lost souls that are being brought to Christ through your ministry. I'm praying for your Ministry.

  6. Yvonne says:

    It has been my great pleasure to take part in the shoe box program for the last 8 years. Thank you, Franklin for making it all possible. Your Father's daily inspirational messages in “Unto the Hills” start my day.

  7. Louise says:

    I have been a listener, and prayer supporter, and financial supporter (wish it could be more) for many years. I know the whole Graham Family will keep preaching the gospel “'UNTIL THE WHOLE WORLD HEARS”

  8. Audrey says:

    I pray every day for you the Billy Graham Ministry and all the wonderful work you all do. I know the hand of GOD is with you and clearing obstacles in your way. I understand the need to go where the word has not been preached , but I feel we need to reach our own lost souls here in the US . It appears to me we are so concerned with others that we tend to forget our own people in so many way. Why can't we do more for our own country then help others. It seems to me it should be our christian duty to help those at home first then help others. GOD Bless your father, you and your family this Blessed Christmas Season.

  9. Senetta says:

    I just want to send a spiritual salute to you and your entire family for all that you endeavor to do for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

  10. Glenn says:

    We just returned from a 5 day trip to the Billy Graham Library, the Cove and Samaritan's Purse(where we saw Operation Christmas Child being set up for this season). What a blessing to know that the Lord's work is alive and well on Planet Earth. I received the Lord through a Gideon placed New Testament and in 1961 rededicated my life at the Billy Graham Philadelphia Crusade.