Will Graham to Celebrate ‘Billy Graham Day’ at Charlotte Baseball Game

By   •   August 16, 2017

Sunday, Aug. 20 has been deemed "Billy Graham Day" at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina. Get your tickets to the Knights baseball game to enjoy an evening focused on faith and family.

Billy Graham once dreamed of playing in the big leagues, so it seems fitting that he would be honored at a baseball game in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.

With the help of his grandson Will, the Charlotte Knights minor league baseball team will recognize Billy Graham on Aug. 20 during its “Faith and Family” game.

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Will Graham is expected to take a few moments before the start of Sunday’s game against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to talk about his grandfather’s love for baseball and how that’s impacted his ministry.

“This city is where he learned so many of the things that God has used to reach the world through him,” Will explained.

“It was on the farm in Charlotte that he learned hard work. It’s where he learned humility. It’s where he heard the Gospel through a traveling evangelist and gave his life to Christ.

“I wouldn’t be able to share the hope of Christ at the Knights’ Faith Night … if it wasn’t for my grandfather. His ministry, given to Him by God, has paved the way for me to share Jesus near and far.”

In the past year, Will has preached the Gospel in Uganda, Scotland, Australia, Mexico and several states across the U.S. Later this year, he’ll head to Indiana, Romania and Canada.

Billy Graham has written about his affinity for baseball, growing up playing “pitching ball” with neighborhood friends every chance he got. He later realized that his calling was to ministry, not sports—but somehow, the two could work together.

“Since there were few things in life that I loved more than baseball, as a young man I dedicated myself to the sport and hoped that my passion for the game would lead me straight to the major leagues,” Billy Graham wrote in his book, Nearing Home.

“But baseball was not God’s plan for me. Nevertheless, He taught me how to integrate these important components into service for Him.”

A Bridge to Cross

As he always does, Will Graham will also talk about the Gospel message that changed Billy Graham’s life and so many others. He says it’s “exciting” to be able to “put the focus on Jesus” outside of church.

“I’m not naïve to the fact that there are many people who don’t or won’t go to church. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t searching for something, that they don’t have problems in their lives,” Will said.

“Evenings like this are a great opportunity for people to find what they’re looking for, even if they don’t realize they’re looking.”

His hope is that through Sunday’s “Faith and Family” game, Knights fans who are also Christians will be motivated to share their faith in practical ways more often.

“It is incredibly important—eternally important—to develop real and personal relationships with people, especially if that builds a bridge to sharing the hope of Christ with them,” Will explained.

Still, the challenge is to not just build the bridge, but to cross it.

“[A bridge] is intended to bring people from one side to the other. It doesn’t matter how many months or years are spent building that bridge if it isn’t used for its intended purpose,” Will explained. “The same is true of the bridges we build as we seek to share our faith.”

“… Eventually you need to use the bridge for its intended purpose, and introduce your friend to Jesus Christ.”

And Sunday’s baseball game could be the perfect opportunity to do that.

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3 Comments

  1. King Johnson says:

    Wow!) this beautiful event has everlasting potential!)

  2. Dr Ron L Hamelink says:

    I attended Billy Graham’s campaign/Crusade at Shea Stadium (1973) as a young man in youth ministry on Staten Island. Singing in the choir was a great honor and meeting Dr. Graham even more so. People thronged forward at the invitation to experience the “new birth” and to carry it back to their own people, this HOPE that Christ is real, His forgiveness is true freedom, and that life is so worth living for HIM! God bless you, Franklin, and now, Will, as you proudly carry the message to the next generations. Can you imagine the impact that being a prayer counselor had on me as a young youth worker? “Only one life– will soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last!” Dr. Ron Hamelink, New Mexico

  3. D Mercy madhuri says:

    Very nice.