November 7 will mark the 99th birthday of world renowned evangelist Billy Graham, as well as the start of a yearlong celebration leading up to his 100th in 2018.
“[F]or the year leading up to his 100th birthday, we are going to honor what God has done through him by highlighting significant moments of his life and some eight decades of ministry,” announced Graham’s son, Franklin, President and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).
“The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is moving strong into the future, but it's also important to celebrate the past, so each month we will focus on a particular decade and highlight significant things like his 16-week evangelistic crusade in New York City, his impact on worldwide evangelism and personal testimonies of people whose lives were forever changed at one of my father's crusades,” he shared in a press release.
In addition, there will be special content on billygraham.org and in Decision magazine, the official magazine of BGEA.
“My father always wants the focus to be on the Lord Jesus Christ, and not on him; and so we will point to the amazing ways God has worked in lives around the world, through the ministry of Billy Graham,” the younger Graham reported.
As for this coming Tuesday, Franklin said some family members will be gathered to celebrate his father’s 99th with his favorite cake – a lemon cake with lard icing.
“As a family, we are just so very grateful that he is still with us,” Franklin said, noting that the elder Graham’s “mind is good but he's quieter these days.”
“He can't see or hear well, but his health is stable,” he noted.
In closing, Franklin said, “I know my father is grateful for all the prayers for him and birthday wishes on this special occasion.”
A longtime member of NRB, Graham was inducted in 1981 into NRB's Hall of Fame, an honor presented to an individual NRB member for invaluable contribution to the field of Christian communications, exhibition of the highest standards, and evidence of faithfulness in Christ.
Graham also was honored with the association's Milestone Award in 2001 and the Chairman's Award in 1989.
Today, NRB annually recognizes one Christian organization with the Billy Graham Award for Excellence in Christian Communications, which is presented for effective and creative use of multiple electronic media technologies in fulfillment of the organization's mission, while maintaining fidelity to the message of love, redemption, and hope found in the Holy Scriptures.
The award is presented during NRB’s annual International Christian Media Convention, which will next be held February 27-March 2, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee.
By NRB Staff
Published: November 2 , 2017