As evangelist Billy Graham approaches his 98th birthday, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has released a new video in the My Hope outreach that has reportedly led more than 10 million to Christ internationally.
Graham’s son Franklin delivers the gospel in the new evangelistic film “Decisions,” a 28-minute free resource featuring diverse Americans who accepted Christ as Savior during Franklin Graham’s 50-state Decision America Tour still in progress.
“I’ve been talking to people about the importance of decisions. I see thousands of people faced with a choice … and I want [them] to know the truth,” Franklin Graham said of his outreach. “Any time you have a crowd of people, I can guarantee there will be somebody in that crowd that doesn’t know Jesus Christ. So, every time I’m at the microphone I’m going to give the gospel.”
In his tour, the younger Graham is preaching and hosting prayer rallies in every state capitol, urging Americans to pray, vote and engage in politics to uphold biblical principles. The tour has attracted crowds of thousands since it began Jan. 5 in Des Moines, Iowa, and is set to end Oct. 13 in Raleigh, N.C.
The film is available by free download at MyHopewithBillyGraham.org and will be broadcast on local and Christian television networks beginning Oct. 10, BGEA vice president Steve Rhoads said in a press release.
“We are very happy to offer this resource to the church which will powerfully present the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Rhoads said. “The church in the United States has a unique opportunity at this moment to proclaim Jesus, who offers hope and redemption to a lost world. We pray that the good news will be preached and that God will bring a revival to His people.”
The patriarch Billy Graham, who turns 98 on Nov. 7, is not featured in the film, although he has spoken in earlier My Hope offerings. Franklin Graham said his father, who led millions to Christ during a 60-year international evangelistic ministry, today ministers mostly through prayer.
“He lives with limitations typical of old age – his eyesight is very poor, his hearing is not good, and he uses a wheelchair. Someone is with him in the house at all times,” he said of his father in a July letter to friends and supporters. “His ministry now is praying, and he looks forward to reports of what God is doing around the world. He always responds by saying ‘Praise the Lord’ as he points upward.”
Launched internationally in 2002, My Hope has presented the gospel in 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and debuted in the U.S. in 2013 with “My Hope America.” More than 350,000 churches and 4 million individuals have participated in the evangelistic outreach, BGEA said, and more than 10 million individuals have made decisions to receive Christ, including 160,000 in the U.S.
“Decisions” follows My Hope America films “Value of a Soul” (2015), “Heaven” (2014) and “The Cross” (2013). BGEA is accepting pre-orders at MyHopewithBillyGraham.org for a free DVD version of Decisions, including a special 30-minute program that goes behind the scenes of the tour, slated to ship in early October. Meanwhile, a new film called “The Worth of a Soul” will release this fall in the United Kingdom in conjunction with My Hope U.K.
The last film in the series to feature Billy Graham was “Heaven.” The patriarch doesn’t expect anyone to remember him now, Franklin Graham said on his July 1 Decision America stop in Juneau, Alaska.
“So he’ll say, ‘If you meet anybody who remembers me, tell ’em hello,’” he said of his father.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Diana Chandler is Baptist Press’ general assignment writer/editor.)