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. Jane Merry says:

    Since the age of 7, when we got our first TV, I started watching crusades of Bro. Graham. I am now 68. My grandmother and mother taught us the respect for his preaching and live of our Lord Jesus. Thank you for your years of service to sharing the Gospel. Love you and your precious kitty. Thank you for blessing us with your teachings of the Word!! Look forward to seeing you in heaven. ❤️

  2. Ethel Landry says:

    Thanks for your Dad being obedient unto God’s calling! His ministry lives and will continue to do so long after God calls him home! Love to all!

  3. Theresa Mares says:

    I have always looked up to Billy Graham. He is an awesome man of God!

  4. Jacqui Ravesteyn says:

    Hi Billy. You led me to commit my life to Jesus in Adelaide, South Australia in 1959! Thank you!!! I was 14. My parents were not pleased. I love Him more today than ever. I’m now 72. My mum died last March, also in her 99th year. I used to wonder who would be last of the great 3!!! Mandela, my mum or yourself. A couple weeks before she died with all her senses still intact, she FINALLY said yes to God. Hallelujah. Much love to you dear friend. Jacqui

  5. Elizabeth Ash says:

    I was blessed to have grown up listening to Billy Graham as a child in the 70s.

  6. Patricia Griffith says:

    Today on God TV I saw the crusade from 1969 in Madison Square Garden in NYC where I made a public commitment to Jesus. It was a special treat for me to relive that Crusade. I loved the message, The Signs of the Times.