The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove was founded with a God-given vision laid on the hearts of Billy and Ruth Graham.
In the 1970s, they purchased property in the mountains of North Carolina, seeking to establish a place where people could be spiritually renewed, study the Bible, and receive training to preach the Gospel.
Now, The Cove is about to host its first all-Spanish seminar, “Viviendo con Propósito” (Living with Purpose), led by renowned Guatemalan preacher and ministry leader, Chepe Putzu.
“We at BGEA have a fervent desire to touch, impact, and encourage the Hispanic people in every area of our ministry,” said Chris Swanson, vice president of Hispanic Initiatives for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). One way to do that, he added, is by holding events at The Cove for the Spanish-speaking population.
“I think Chepe will bring great insight, both from the Hispanic world, as well as life in the United States,” he said. “Chepe comes from Central America and is someone who is respected, and who God is using in a great way because of his passion for the Gospel.”
Speaking about his vision in planning the “Living with Purpose” seminar, Chepe Putzu shared that God gave him a great desire to help people find their purpose in life.
“The truth is that we all need to find our purpose,” he said. “Studies show that people who have a purpose in life are more productive, show more happiness, and even live longer.
“I long for people to gain clarity in their calling, and to go out inspired to follow that purpose within the great calling we all have, which is to lay down our lives for our friends and evangelize the world.
“I’ve been reading a book about Billy Graham called God’s Ambassador,” Putzu said. “It struck me that on the first page we can read that Billy Graham said, ‘My one purpose in life is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ.’”
Putzu is convinced that Billy Graham accomplished so much during his lifetime because he firmly believed in the purpose God gave him.
At the “Living with Purpose” seminar, participants will also enjoy times of praise and worship led by Christian musician Job Gonzalez. The program is open to all Spanish-speaking adults.