Christians Worldwide Celebrate the Life of Billy Graham

Franklin and Billy Graham
Franklin and Billy Graham (Wikimedia Commons)

Prominent evangelist Billy Graham died Wednesday morning at 99.

As news circulated the globe, Christians took to social media to celebrate the life of one of the most influential men in the world.

Here's what they are saying.



Vernon Brewer, World Help's president and founder

Today, my family and I mourn the passing of a great man of God, the Rev. Billy Graham. Easily one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, he touched the lives of millions through his unparalleled career as an evangelist. Yet, to me, Billy Graham's evangelism in action, his work to alleviate poverty, hunger and suffering, has been just as profound of a legacy. Modern-day humanitarian aid would not be the same without Billy Graham. Many of us in the humanitarian community were inspired by him to serve others, dream big and be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need.

Billy Graham might be known for calling people to be born again and for inspiring a generation of preachers and evangelists; but who knows how many humanitarians have been born from his example?

The world will dearly miss the Rev. Billy Graham, but his legacy and impact will live on through those who take on his mantle and go to the places no one else will go to deliver eternal hope and immediate help to those in need.

Jay Lowder, evangelist, author and founder of Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries

Billy Graham was a statesman for the Christian faith, who embodied humility, authenticity and dedication to God's word. While he had the ear of worldwide leaders and notable celebrities, his goal was never to impress but to influence. After spending time with Mr Graham during his Philadelphia crusade, I became acutely aware how He approached every individual with the same care, compassion and loving attitude while striving each day to emulate the ultimate example of Christ.

While Mr. Graham leaves behind a great and abundant legacy, which may never fully be known on this side of heaven, one of his truest legacies is the people, like myself, who are now following in his footstep to preach the Gospel message of Jesus to the ends of the earth.

I am forever grateful for Mr. Graham's impact on my life, not only professionally as an evangelist, having modeled my own ministry after his, but also personally, which is evident by my son and his namesake, Graham.

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