Canadian Council of Christian Charities to recognize Billy Graham and David Mainse for Integrity in Life and Ministry

    ELMIRA, ON, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - The Canadian Council of Christian Charities
(CCCC) will host an evening celebration to honour Dr. Billy Graham, founder of
the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Rev. David Mainse, founder of
Crossroads Christian Communications, on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 6:30
p.m. at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Calgary, Alberta for their lifetimes of
    As part of the evening, Sheila Rowe, former co-host of CBC radio's "The
Calgary Eyeopener" and former senior producer and host of "Top Story" for the
Crossroads Television System in Alberta will interview David Mainse and Will
Graham, Billy Graham's grandson.
    According to John Pellowe, the CEO of the Canadian Council of Christian
Charities, the public has a right to expect that charities will operate with
the highest integrity. "With these awards, we are expressing our appreciation
to two Christian leaders who each exemplified the highest integrity while
running a charity for more than forty years. Virtually all charities do
operate with integrity and it is important to affirm that integrity."
    CCCC hopes that by honouring these two prominent leaders, other charity
leaders will be encouraged to stay accountable, both personally and
organizationally, so that their charities will be worthy of the public's
respect and trust.
    David Mainse takes to heart the biblical injunction to live so that even
people outside of the church will speak well of him. "Sharing my faith in
Christ with the general public requires complete accountability to God and
also to people everywhere. I believe that having strong church ties where one
is under authority, a "non-rubber stamp" Board of Directors, strong-minded
Managers, and the Seal of Accountability from the Canadian Council of
Christian Charities are of utmost importance in being held accountable."
    Billy Graham says integrity is essential for a healthy society. "I am
convinced that unless moral and spiritual values are strengthened in every
area of society, the free way of life we have known in the Western world may
be in danger. With God's help, you can be a man or a woman of integrity - in
your family, in your business and in your relationships with others. I am
overwhelmed to be recognized and honored for integrity."

    CCCC is an association of nearly 3,000 member charities that provides
specialized help for the support and leadership functions of Christian
charities and certifies charities that meet its standards of accountability.

For further information:

For further information: Rev. John Pellowe, CEO, Canadian Council of
Christian Charities, PH: (519) 669-5137,

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