Arguably the most famous U.S. Evangelical leader of all time, Billy Graham, has passed away. The news broke Wednesday morning that Graham died at his home surrounded by his family. He was 99 years old.
During Graham's life, millions of people were helped to find Christ. Graham was able to reach millions around the world and was a longtime adviser to many U.S. presidents.
"The Billy Graham Evangelist Association put his lifetime audience at nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories, with 'hundreds of millions more' viewing him on television, video, film and webcasts," reported Fox News.
In a recent interview with his son, Franklin, we learned a bit more about the true heart of Billy Graham. According to Anglican News, Franklin said his father simply wanted one word on his gravestone.
"In an interview prior to today’s announcement, Billy Graham’s son Franklin said that his father, when asked what he wanted on his gravestone, had replied simply: 'Preacher'".
“Dr. Billy Graham stood as an exemplar to generation upon generation of modern Christians,” Archbishop Justin Welby said. “When it comes to a living and lasting influence upon the worldwide church he can have few equals: for he introduced person after person to Jesus Christ. There are countless numbers who began their journey of faith because of Dr. Graham.
“The debt owed by the global church to him is immeasurable and inexpressible. Personally, I am profoundly grateful to God for the life and ministry of this good and faithful servant of the gospel; by his example, he challenged all Christians to imitate how he lived and what he did," said Welby.
It was also reported that Billy died at his home in North Carolina. He was surrounded by family members at the time of his death. Please join us in praying for the entire Graham family as they mourn the loss, yet celebrate the life, of Billy. Please SHARE this article if you were a fan of Billy!
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