Kingdom Impact: A Message From Will Graham

Will Graham Guest Post(1)

The man behind the wheel was an alcoholic. His marriage was broken. He was angry and bitter, and he didn’t mind one bit showing his disdain to the people who climbed into his vehicle.

The year was 1959, and Ron Baker was one of many Australian bus drivers who had been hired to transport people to and from my grandfather’s Crusade at the Sydney Showground. Night after night he put up with his riders singing hymns and worshiping. He’d drop them and sit in his seat stewing until the doors opened and his bus filled again with jovial people who were excited about what God was doing in their city.

Mr. Baker’s wife attended the Crusade and she committed her life to Christ. The following week, Mr. Baker found himself in the same stadium to which he had begrudgingly brought others. When the invitation was given, Mr. Baker walked forward.

God radically transformed Mr. Baker’s life following his salvation. He gave up those things that were poisoning his body, mind and marriage. He pursued theological education and became ordained.

As I contemplate the story of Ron Baker, I’m left with three thoughts.

1)      There are a lot of Ron Bakers out there. We pass by them every day; people who are hurting and broken, and probably know it. Their addictions control them, their marriages are fractured, and their hearts are far from God. In Mr. Baker’s case, he flat-out hated Christians, yet deep down he was searching for hope. Once he found it, it changed his life and eternity.

2)      As I approach an evangelistic outreach, I often pray that God would raise up “the next Billy Graham” from the people who respond to the invitation. I pray for the person that would reach the world with the Gospel. Mr. Baker, however, is proof that even if a person doesn’t reach millions, they can and do influence others, passionately sharing the Gospel to those around them.

3)      Evangelism is vertical. Mr. Baker and his wife made individual decisions for Christ, reconciled their marriage, and began living for Him. Their children were then raised in a Christian home and went into ministry. Mr. Baker’s grandchildren were raised by godly parents and began relationships with Jesus. Entire generations can be impacted when people turn to Christ.

It’s easy to think that a heart is too callous to be pierced by the Holy Spirit. We may believe that our neighbor, our co-worker, or the bus driver for that matter, could never find hope in Christ or be used by God to reach others. The story of Ron Baker, however, shows that God can reach and use anybody. We just have to do our part in sharing the Good News with them.

Blessings,

Will Graham, Cove Executive Director

24 thoughts on “Kingdom Impact: A Message From Will Graham”

  1. Thanks, Reverend Graham, for this incredibly powerful and beautiful story, which you have shared with us!

    Please know of our prayers for you, in your upcoming evangelistic outreach!

    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

  2. It is so easy to to get caught up in “me”. I need to hear stories like this frequently to remind myself that without the message of Jesus Christ there will be no change, no healing in hurting people. Thank you BGEA for all you do – for all of us. You remind me to love people where they are at.

  3. Please be assured of my prayers for you and this ministry every day. When I was about 12 yrs. old my family and I went to Charlotte, NC where Billy Graham was holding a crusade. I was already a Christian but when Billy Graham gave the invitation, I went forward. I received spiritual material that helped me to grow as a young Christian. I appreciate your whole ministry.

  4. Will, I have thought many times that YOU may be the person to replace your grandfather. Your father has done a phenomenal job in ALL the ministries he heads. I can’t imagine keeping up the pace he does. I thank the Lord over and over for the ministry He has bestowed on the Graham family. You are indeed blessed. I will keep you in my prayers. Merry Christmas!

  5. May GOD continue to Bless you and your family! I’ve been Blessed to spend time at THE COVE on $ separate occasions! If anyone would like a “little taste of HEAVEN” ! I strongly encourage them to visit that WONDER of GOD !!!

  6. Thank you so much for your encouraging message. We pray every day for you and your family’s ministry. Keep up the good work
    God bless you and Merry Christmas

  7. Amen another one of Gods stories I love the chance to read hear and know about coming to Salvation through Jesus Christ stories, so encouraging to go tell others the hope that is found in Christ Jesus.

  8. God Bless the family of Mr. Baker. we all Christians need to tell the Good News about the gospel to all other people who have not yet do salvation. that is the big duty of Christians’ job in this world.
    god bless Billy Gram and Hos Ministry

  9. God bless you and all that you are doing for the Kingdom of God. I feel to say to your comments regarding that you pray to God that He would rise-up another “Billy Graham evangelist, well he has. Reverend William, you are that evangelist. The beauty of how the Lord created us so uniquely and different from one another. William you have kept the message of the gospel, amen, and that’s what it’s all about. I will pray for your upcoming event. ..

  10. I am profoundly awed by God’s grace, I stopped here to read and stand in agreement with your messages regarding praying for our President Trump, our Vice President and our leaders and our Nation for such a time as this. Yet, I found the story of Mr. Baker and his redemption, transformation, and reconciliation. I would like to ask for prayer for my ‘Mr. Baker’ that he will be redeemed, that the hatred he has for me and my faith will be transformed into love, that if it’s God’s good will that there will be reconciliation of our marriage and that our children will be blessed to have a godly relationship with their Earthly dad and an even greater relationship with their Heavenly Father. I prayer this not just for my family, but for all who families are in an emergency situation right now , we look to the Lord from whom our help comes. In Jesus name. Amen

  11. Waking up this morning and seeing the snow on the deck at The Cove has just taken my breath away! So very beautiful!

    Pastor Will, don’t you see how you are already being the next Billy Graham, not only in your preaching, but in keeping alive a great dream your grandfather had, in providing a place where just every day people could come away to The Cove and hear good Christian speakers, rest, and renew their faith?

    The snow reminds me of the wonderful times I have had at the Cove and how I hope to return to that place. As I recall, when I was there, there were people from all over the United States, attending an event there. Don’t you see how much you are doing, through the Cove, in getting the gospel out to folks? Sometimes this is a special ministry to people who are tired and whose faith needs refreshment? Some of us older people, who try to spread the gospel in our simple lives, even some older pastors, tired from doing what we can to further the gospel, need this place of rest and renewal. And we have you to thank. Thank you so very much, Pastor Will!

    May we never tire of doing good!

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