Billy Graham Crusade, Los Angeles, 1949, Tent
In 1949, Billy Graham held the Los Angeles Crusade for eight weeks. The event captured the public’s attention and thrust Mr. Graham’s ministry into the media spotlight.

In 1949, Billy Graham held the Los Angeles Crusade for eight weeks. Since that time he has presented his crusades all over the world preaching the gospel to anyone who will listen. At age 94, Graham doesn’t get around a much as he used to and is hardly in shape to put on a crusade. But Graham knows that God isn’t finished with him yet, and will be visiting folks across the nation in their homes…through the magic of video.

Launching next month, The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will be presenting “My Hope America with Billy Graham,” a nationwide effort to do what the association has always done, attempt to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Following a simple biblical model, ‘My Hope America with Billy Graham’ combines the impact of video programs with the power of personal relationships,” states the promotional website. “Christians across America will open their homes this November to share the Gospel message with friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors using one of several new evangelistic programs featuring life-changing testimonies and powerful messages from Billy Graham.”

Yes, old school Billy Graham is going high tech asking you to share the message with family and friends over dinner or dessert, in your home or local hangout. Sound scary? You’re not alone. “Many are nervous about sharing their faith. However, as we have done this outreach around the globe, people like you have shared how ‘My Hope’ made it simple for them and they have been able to help impact lives in a way they never thought possible”

My Hope America, Billy GrahamSo, what is the urgency? Well, according to the Association, if you were to take a poll of about 100 people in your community, you would find that:

  • 7 of your neighbors are struggling with depression and some are considering suicide.
  • 14 of them feel crippled or trapped by fear and anxiety.
  • 7 of them regularly abuse or are addicted to drugs or alcohol.
  • 3 of them are grieving the death of a loved one.
  • 8 of them are struggling with the loss of a job.
  • 60 of them do not profess to be a “born again” Christian.

“With all my heart, I want to leave you with the truth,” says Billy Graham in this long awaited broadcast event.  And what is so unique about this event, is that it is so personal to fit in with your unique lifestyle. One “My Hope America” leader has shared the program with people he meets on the golf course by streaming it from the website on his smartphone. Neighbors join forces to host block parties. One pastor was able to show a video during the half-time of a public high school football game resulting in several youth make decisions for Christ.

If you are up for the challenge, you can find out more by visiting the official website which is full of information and ideas on how to share the good news.

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