UPDATE AT 11:57 a.m. PST — After a very tense period of negotiation with the final occupier, David Fry, who appeared ready to shoot himself while speaking publicly on a live stream audio feed, has peacefully surrendered. Please read the updated story.
For weeks four people have remained encamped at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge as the last on-site vestiges of an Oregon standoff that began over a month ago in protest of federal land control practices and the imprisonment of two ranchers.
According to his Facebook page, Franklin Graham — the son of the famous Billy Graham — has been in contact by phone every day with the four holdouts at both their request and the request of the FBI.
Graham writes, "Last night I was on the phone with them for several hours, was able to have prayer with them, and they have said they would come out today. I am on my way there and hope to be there by 7:00 AM their time. Please keep them, law enforcement officials, and all involved in your prayers, that everyone will be safe."
The Oregonian confirms that Graham has played a role in negotiating what is hoped to be a peaceful surrender.
This latest development follows a confrontation where one of the holdouts, David Fry, yelled at authorities saying, "Kill me! Get it over with!"
Stay tuned as this developed, and please pray for Graham and the safety of everyone involved.