Renowned evangelist Billy Graham approaching 90th birthday

    Canadians invited to send Graham their birthday wishes, personal stories

    CALGARY, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - Billy Graham will celebrate his 90th birthday on
Nov. 7 and to help the renowned evangelist celebrate it, Canadians are welcome
to send him their birthday wishes and personal stories about Graham's impact
on their lives. Messages received by Nov. 1 will be bound into books and given
to Graham at a special tribute dinner with family and friends.
    "For more than 50 years, Billy Graham has proclaimed the Gospel of the
Lord Jesus Christ," said Fred Weiss, Executive Director of the Billy Graham
Evangelistic Association. "He's preached to nearly 215 million people in more
than 185 countries. We'd like to give those people whose lives have been
transformed in response to this Gospel message an opportunity, if they wish,
to share with him their birthday wishes and their inspiring stories of
transformation with him."
    Born on a dairy farm on Nov. 7, 1918, Graham has spear-headed a global
ministry that began with large crusades and radio broadcasts, and gradually
expanded to include dynamic youth-oriented ministries (including Canada's
epicentre and campusfire programs), crisis counseling and chaplaincy (Rapid
Response Teams), and holistic international relief (Trust the Village).
    "As I look back over the years, I know that my deepest feeling is one of
overwhelming gratitude," Graham says. "I cannot take credit for whatever God
has chosen to accomplish through us and our ministry; only God deserves the
glory, and we can never thank Him enough for the great things He has done."
    Those touched by Graham's lifetime of ministry can send their personal
greetings and stories by going online to or by mailing
them to: Billy Graham's 90th Birthday, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,
Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC, 28201. Resources are also available
online to help inform others about this unique opportunity.

    About the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada:

    The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada (BGEAC) is well-known
for the powerful evangelism or outreach ministry of its founder, Billy Graham.
The BGEAC partners with churches and Christian communities to proclaim in word
and deed the Good News of Jesus Christ. We share the saving message of Jesus
using language and methods that are relevant to spiritually searching people
of all ages and cultures. Each of the BGEAC's growing number of ministry
programs - for adults, teens and/or children - is prayerfully led by men and
women with a passion to share their Savior's teachings. To learn more, please
go to

For further information:

For further information: or photos, please contact: Jeff Adams,
Director, Communications and Creative Services Dept., Billy Graham
Evangelistic Association of Canada,, (403) 250-6566 (ext.
8723), or (403) 615-8747

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