On Wednesday the 21st of February, news broke concerning the passing of the Evangelist and Preacher; Dr Billy Graham at the age of 99. Literally thousands of tributes have poured in from world leaders past and present, from religious leaders, and people from all walks of life whose lives had been powerfully impacted by this gracious man. He was a born communicator and possessed a God given gift in fulfilling his call to be a preacher of the gospel. For just over seventy years, Billy Graham had been faithful in sharing the Christian gospel to huge audiences in many parts of the world. He was able to cross cultural and national boundaries and had the rare gift of reaching out to people of all ages. He became the personal confidant of all serving American Presidents from Harry Truman onwards, and brought influence to bear in major moments of American history including the events of 9/11.
He dedicated his life to preaching the simple truths of the Christian gospel. He was passionate in his communication but never overbearing. He based his message on the phrase; ‘THE BIBLE SAYS’. He steered away from expressing individual opinion, he was careful to back up what he said from the words of Scripture. Although supremely gifted, he always acknowledged the help of teams of people who worked with him, often behind the scenes.
He was well known to the British public and conducted major missions here in the U.K. on many occasions. He preached in front of Her Majesty The Queen and visited her on a number of occasions. He would also be a regular visitor to 10, Downing Street when visiting Britain.
We thank God for this humble servant of the gospel, and we affirm the life changing power of the message he communicated to audiences worldwide. Our prayers are with his family as they reflect upon the impact his life made upon so many people across the nations of our world.