Billy Graham, one of the world’s most famous Christian evangelists, has died, a family spokesman said today. He was 99 years old.
Graham died at his home this morning, the spokesman said.
Known as “America’s pastor,” Graham was a key figure in reviving the U.S. evangelical Christian movement. The preacher began holding revival meetings in the 1940s and went on to become an adviser to U.S. presidents.
He had been in poor health in recent years, and had turned his international ministry over to son Franklin Graham.
Graham also dubbed God’s Ambassador began drawing large crowds in large arenas in London in 1954.
In a 60-year career, he is estimated to have personally preached to 210 million people.
Graham also reached millions more through TV.
Regardless of what anyone may wish to say about Graham, one thing that cannot be denied is that countless souls of all races in the United States and around the globe came to Christianity as a result of Graham’s ministry — many of them in response to a direct appeal from Graham himself at one of his crusades, or through his broadcasts or writings.
Many others were brought to the Christian faith by those Graham had himself “discipled” or influenced.
We celebrate the life of the man who pioneered a revival that has seen many lives transformed. May his soul rest in peace.
We pray for his family and all those affected by the passing of this giant in the faith.
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