Evangelist Billy Graham is inviting America to join in celebrating his 95th birthday through the special outreach of “My Hope America.”
In honor of Billy Graham’s birthday on November 7, My Hope America is set to become the largest event ever presented in North America by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. My Hope America will combine a video program from Billy Graham with the personal evangelism and hospitality of Christians throughout the U.S. and Canada.
For the event, Christians will invite family, friends and co-workers into their homes to view the video program produced by Billy Graham. However, for greatest impact, the outreach must begin much earlier, as Christians intentionally develop relationships with those whom they will invite into their homes in November.
This approach not only involves Christians in evangelism at a very personal level, it also maximizes potential for participation, as Preston Parrish, vice president of BGEA’s My Hope, explains in an interview.
“Rather than Christians gathering together in a central location to hear Billy Graham preach, they will come together in hundreds of thousands of homes,” Parrish says. “And so, the audience can be very large and dispersed across the nation.”
Parrish urges people to get involved now in order to have plenty of time to train and prepare for the event by building relationships in their workplaces and communities.
“What we would ask them to do right now is go to the My Hope website and register as a pastor or church leader or as an individual,” he says. “That will get them in the communication stream and will enable us to get to them all of the materials that will help them make the most of this opportunity.”
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On the website, participants can also register for a training event in a city near them or complete an online training session 60 to 90 minutes in length. The training will equip them to share their testimony in two to three minutes and help them understand how to use their homes for evangelism. All training and materials for the entire event are provided free of charge.
“My Hope America is free to participate in – a gift from Billy Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to the churches and Christians of America,” Parrish says.
November’s program “The Cross,” which will feature a new, never-before-heard message from Billy Graham interwoven with true stories of how faith in Christ transformed the lives of a few public figures, will be on television stations across the nation. It will also be made available to download from the website and on DVD.
Two similar videos – “Defining Moments” and “Lose to Gain” – have already been released and can be accessed on the My Hope website for a taste of what to expect from November’s coming program.