My Hope America is Launched
"There seems to be this really widespread belief and conviction about the urgency of reaching out to our nation in the right way,” says Preston Parrish, Vice President of My Hope America with Billy Graham.
“I am a master of phoniness,” Magician Jim Munroe says in an interview on My Hope America Program Defining Moment’s series that debuted in March. The magician had no interest in religion or God, but got to the point where he asked God to bring him behind the curtain if He was real. Munroe was diagnosed with cancer and doctor told him there was no cure. After going through extensive chemotherapy treatments, the illusionist was paired with a 19-year-old bone marrow donor and was truly reborn.
Munroe was joined by former New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree and singer Lacey Sturm and they shared their moving testimonies of addictions, hopelessness and doubt of God's love. Cuts of old video footage of Billy Graham's stadium crusades were entwined with these stories and. even the most stoic looking press members of the presentation were moved to tears at the National Religious Broadcasters’ Conference in Nashville.
The Billy Graham Evangelical Association launched My Hope for America, a grassroots campaign to reach the nation and share the Gospel. It's needed. Economical stress, depression and hopelessness abound in the lives of many. Our neighbors are suffering. According to statistics from BGEA, out of 100 Americans, 14 percent of Americans are dealing with fear and anxiety, 8 percent are struggling with job loss, and 60 percent are not born again. They desire something of lasting value, something of substance, a place of peace in their lives.
"There seems to be this really widespread belief and conviction about the urgency of reaching out to our nation in the right way,” says Preston Parrish, Vice President of My Hope America. “We’re hearing the right way is Billy Graham. He has a lifetime of integrity…He’s not a flash in the pan. He’s been scrutinized every way you can be scrutinized. And he’s the real deal.”
The campaign has spread to 57 countries, including four-million in the US with 10 million people accepting Christ overall. The program will be released through television, DVD, online and radio in the coming months. Additional music and a book project will be released, marking the celebration of Graham’s 95th birthday in November.