An Update on Billy Graham as His 99th Birthday Nears

By   •   July 7, 2017

Billy Graham sits in a chair at his home in 2013 during the filming of 'The Cross.'

“Thank you for your concern and prayers for him. You really don’t know how much that means to our family.” —Franklin Graham

Four months from today will mark 99 years for “God’s ambassador” Billy Graham.

Posting to Facebook on Friday, Franklin Graham took a moment to let followers know how his father is doing.

“Some have asked about an update on my father Billy Graham. He’s now approaching his 99th birthday in November, and while he is doing well, he does have the physical challenges that come with his age,” Franklin wrote.

Between family visits, Mr. Graham’s cat “Kitty” keeps him company.

Still, Franklin and others give ministry updates to Mr. Graham who sometimes gives an “Amen” when he learns the Gospel is being shared.

Prayer and Companionship

Though he spends much of his time inside his Montreat, North Carolina, home, he has hope in what’s to come.

“As humans we place a great deal of value on our homes,” Mr. Graham once said. “Amid all the changes that will come, when we no longer have an earthly home, we have a promise—we will be with Him forever.”

Continuing his Facebook post, Franklin Graham said his father enjoys visits from family, including his only living sister Jean Graham Ford.

“Grandchildren and great-grandchildren also come by more frequently in these summer months,” Franklin wrote, adding that Mr. Graham’s pastor Don Wilton visits weekly.

“This has been a tradition of prayer and encouragement for more than 20 years—we are so grateful to Pastor Wilton,” Franklin said.

As he’s done for decades now, Pastor Wilton still rehearses his upcoming sermons while visiting Mr. Graham.

Outside of time with family and friends, Mr. Graham also keeps his “constant companion” with him—a pet cat named “Kitty.”

“She was a gift from all of us children on his 90th birthday and continues to be by his side,” Franklin said.

Nearly 70 years ago, Billy Graham founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association with the sole mission of “proclaiming the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to all we can by every effective means available and by equipping the church and others to do the same.”

As Franklin Graham and the BGEA continue to carry out that mission, your prayers for Mr. Graham are appreciated and made known to him, for which he is grateful.




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  1. Gustavo Medina says:

    For years I have followed your ministry, your teachings and especially the strong heavenly word of Pastor Billy Graham. He is our blessing from God.

  2. Shelia Laws says:

    My dad was a regular financial supporter of your ministry. He always said it was his way to share the gospel. On January 1, 2018, my dad at 93 years old died. Thank you for all the wonderful letters you sent over the years. God bless you.

  3. Jim Ketchum says:

    My father was a Southern Baptist minister. He has gone to meet the Lord, and was a huge fan of Rev. Graham. He met him a few times and it was one of the highlights of his long, long life. God bless Mr. Graham. I am so happy he is still with us.

  4. Carla Geary says:

    I remember watching Rev. Graham on TV when we only had four channels. He always touched my heart. I am sure he is longing for his heavenly home but I pray it is not too soon. I am selfish that way. My father was born in 1918 as well; but he is with the Lord now so it is nice to know Rev. Graham is still here to look up to. God bless you with continual good health as you start your next year of adventure with Jesus. You are truly loved, appreciated and needed.

  5. Dawn E Bridgett says:

    God bless!

  6. Samuel Pierce says:

    God bless Mr. Graham, one of the greatest inspirations of my life. My prayer to our Heavenly Father is that I will meet him before he or I, die. Regardless, I’m thankful that I lived in his time and heard his powerful words. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.