World-renowned evangelist Billy Graham celebrated his 94th birthday with his family on Wednesday and is preparing for what God has in store for him during his 95th year.
“I never expected I would live this long, outliving my beloved wife Ruth as well as many friends and loved ones,” Rev. Graham said in a statement released by A. Larry Ross Communications (ALRC). “I believe God must still have a purpose for keeping me here, and I look forward to seeing what that might be.”
In addition to marking Rev. Graham’s 94th birthday, Wednesday also marked the start of the one-year countdown to the culmination of “My Hope with Billy Graham,” a special evangelistic campaign to equip and encourage Christians throughout the U.S. and Canada to use their homes for personal “living room crusades.”
Individuals in North America, either on their own or through their local churches, are being asked to make a list of non-believers to pray for and people who are in need of the eternal and lasting hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
They are also being asked to register as host "Matthews" on the My Hope with Billy Graham website, www.myhopewithbillygraham.org. (In the Bible, Matthew invited his friends to his home to meet Jesus.)
Then, during the week of November 3- 9, 2013, after having been trained by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on how to share their faith, these "Matthews" will have the opportunity to invite family, friends and neighbors to their homes or other relaxed venues to watch a specially-made My Hope with Billy Graham program with a clear Gospel presentation, and give an invitation to receive Christ.
The 30-minute program will be available via DVD, streaming video, and on other media platforms. Also available will be a nationally televised broadcast on Thursday, November 7, 2013 – Rev. Graham's 95th birthday.
"He believes the Lord is going to let him live until he's 95," said Preston Parish, Vice President of My Hope with Billy Graham. "What an important time to do this, and what a culmination for his ministry of evangelism."
In addition to My Hope with Billy Graham, Rev. Graham is reportedly working to finalize the manuscript for his 31st book summarizing the Gospel message of God’s love and forgiveness that he has faithfully preached for more than 60 years.
The book is expected to release sometime next year.
The evangelist is also considering additional writing projects as there is still much on his mind that he would like to share, reported ALRC.
Earlier this year, Rev. Graham authorized Chicken Soup for the Soul to create a special hardcover anthology documenting his life and legacy to be released February 2013. This compilation, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Billy Graham & Me, will contain 101 personal and impactful stories from influential leaders – including the last six presidents – as well as Rev. Graham’s friends and family documenting his influence on their lives and the impact of his worldwide ministry over more than six decades.
Published: November 8, 2012