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Will Graham: A Reflection on Thanksgiving

By Will Graham, Cove Executive Director

As I reflect on Thanksgiving this year, I think one of the things I’m most thankful for is that I grew up in a home with a mom and a dad who love the Lord, taught me His ways, and ultimately led me to Christ. They raised me with a godly example of what it means to be a Christian in this world. I’m thankful for my wife, who stands beside me and joins me in doing the same for our children.

Wil and Kendra Graham and family pic 2013
Will and Kendra Graham and their three children.

I’m sure that many of you reading this feel the same way about your parents, and I’m grateful that you had that opportunity.


Maybe you didn’t have that blessing. I’ve known countless people in my life who came from a family that was struggling and broken, but who ultimately found the truth and hope of a heavenly Father who loved them far more than any earthly parent could.


Whatever your background, I would encourage you to be the best example of Christ’s love that you can possibly be for your family.


We live in dark and painful times. We see horrifying things happening around the world, particularly in Syria and the Middle East. Here in the United States, sin is celebrated and we’ve seemingly given over the moral authority of the family to the entertainment industry.


More than ever before, it’s important that parents and grandparents stand up and lead their families in godly ways. We need to put Christ and the Word of God at the center of our homes. We can’t neglect the importance of raising our children in a church where they can be nourished and encouraged in their growth.


Will Graham Childhood Photo with Billy and Franklin small
Franklin, Will, and Billy Graham.

We need to have the type of discipline that says it’s not okay to do whatever you want, whenever you want, while maintaining the unconditional love that acknowledges we’re each broken humans on a journey.


Psalm 127:3 says, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” (ESV)


Do you recognize your child (or grandchild) as a heritage – a gift – from the Lord? Are you raising and loving them in such a way? Please make this a priority. Their eternity may depend on it.


As you sit down with your family this Thanksgiving, count your blessings, thank God for them, and pass them on to the next generation!

Will Graham


It’s Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week: Drop Your Boxes With Us

Harold at OCC drop off November 2013

November 16-23, 2015 is Operation Christmas Child Shoebox National Collection Week and The Cove is a drop-off site.

We’d love to see you!  Bring a single box, a truckload, or a busload.

We’re at 1 Porter’s Cove Road (Exit 55/I-40)
Asheville, NC 28805

Following are the hours we have a volunteer on hand to drop your boxes with:

Cove Drop-off Hours:
Monday, November 16:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 17:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 19:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 20:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 21:  12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 22:  1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, November 23:  9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

If you’ve never packed an OCC shoebox, you’re missing out on a fun and fulfilling activity.  Each box is a gift that will communicate hope, joy, and God’s love to a child somewhere overseas.   Click here to find out exactly how to pack a box.

Don’t live close enough to us to drop your boxes with us?  Click here to find a drop-off location closer to home.

God bless you!

Happy 97th Birthday Billy Graham!

Today is Mr. Billy Graham’s 97th birthday.  Please join us in wishing his a happy and comfortable day.


Did you know that upon visiting The Cove property, Mr. and Mrs. Graham had a dream of providing a place where people could leave the demands of daily life, come to study God’s Word, and be trained to reach the lost for Christ.

The vision that God laid on their hearts began to be realized back in 1972, when the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association purchased the property.

Today, on Billy Graham’s birthday, we remember the dream that became a reality, and we rejoice in all God has done in the lives of those who have visited this property.