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Will Graham: God Loves Kenya

By Will Graham

Wil Graham in Kenya June 2013Has God ever laid something on your heart that has motivated you to go out of your way to minister to somebody or to a group of people? You simply have a burden for them that orders your steps and directs your actions?

God has done that in my life, and has given me a special burden for specific areas of the world. One of the countries to which He has directed my heart is Kenya. He has instilled in me a huge desire to preach to the Kenyan people the message of love, hope and peace that only He can bring.

Just yesterday I returned to my office and responsibilities at The Cove after holding a three-day evangelistic “Celebration of Peace” in Kisumu, Kenya, a city in which my grandfather preached some 53 years ago. Our event was held at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground.

This beautiful little patch of field was very humble by American standards, and most days it serves as a sort of thoroughfare, with people crisscrossing it to and from work or the market. But for these three days, that area was holy ground where people repented of their sins and claimed a new life – an everlasting hope – in Christ Jesus.

My friends, Kisumu is a beautiful place, but not an easy place to live. It is largely poverty-stricken, with many people seeking escapes through alcohol or glue sniffing. Children run the streets with no parents. It was one of the main epicenters of post-election violence a few years ago. One of our local volunteers told us that the rest of Kenya views Kisumu as one of the country’s “most evil cities.”

This is not to say that Kisumu is a godless city; not by a long shot. There is an awesome remnant of churches and Christians that are praying for and actively working in their city. It was a huge blessing to our team to have involvement from every Christian church and every bishop in Kisumu for the Celebration.

Kisimu city shot small for webSo we followed God’s calling to Kisumu, and He provided the harvest! Approximately 21,000 people crowded the field over the course of the three days, and when the invitation was given to commit their lives to Christ, more than 1,350 accepted that free gift!

Street boys who spend their young lives getting high and begging for money were found in the middle of the worship, responding to the call. A passerby who hadn’t even heard the message felt suddenly urged to stop and see what was happening, and ultimately gave her life to Christ. The wife of the governor stepped forward to rededicate her life to the Lord.

Wil Graham Celebration in Kenya people praying June 2013 smallFriends, only God can make these changes in people’s lives, and it was clear that He is very much at work in Kenya.

I would ask you to please pray with me for the people of Kisumu, that the seeds that were planted would fall on fertile soil and grow; not on rocky or weedy soil where they will wither and die. There is much hardship in Kisumu and there will continue to be many different temptations vying for the attentions and focus of those who came forward.

 We need to surround them with our prayers, and cry out to the Lord of the harvest that a new generation of believers will grow out of this event, and the city of Kisumu will forever be changed for His glory!

Thank you for your prayers and your support. God bless you!

Remembering Ruth Bell Graham

Ruth Graham holding glasses
Today would have been Billy Graham’s wife, Ruth Bell Graham’s, 93
rd birthday.   

Ruth went to heaven on June 14, 2007. 

Join us as we celebrate and remember the beautiful life and legacy of this great woman of faith.  A woman who loved people and loved Jesus! 

Watch here as Fernando Ortega sings Give Me JesusThis performance was produced for The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as a tribute to Ruth.

Fernando Ortega will be performing at The Cove on Sunday November 17, 2013.  Click here for details and to register. 

Open House at The Cove on Saturday May 11th!

Long summer shot of the TC






What are you doing on May 11th?

We hope you and your family will be spending the day with us! 

We are hosting our annual open house community event, along with our friends from Camp Cedar Cliff and 106.9 The Light.

Come experience the beauty of The Cove, in Asheville, NC, and enjoy a day of activities for the whole family.

At the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, you can view a special exhibit honoring legendary gospel singer George Beverly Shea, who at 103 years old, received a Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY in 2011! 

Visit the Training Center, browse the memorabilia displays, visit Ruth’s Attic Bookstore, Shepherd’s Inn and more. 

Wait, there’s more!

Camp Cedar Cliff will offer a taste of summer camp with fun activities – including archery, BB guns, a bounce castle and other inflatables, as well as a climbing wall, double zipline, face-painting, and horse rides.  Illusionist Bill Grimsley will perform at 11:30 and 1pm.

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Our friends at 106.9 The Light will open up their studios for tours. Listeners will be able to meet their favorite on-air personalities and get a great behind the scenes look at how it all works!

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Samaritan’s Purse will have one of its Disaster Relief trucks available for tours.  Click here for more information on this ministry. 

Operation Christmas Child will be handing out Shoe Boxes as well.  Click here for more information on this ministry. 

And, you want to hear the best part?  It’s all FREE!

Don’t want your time at The Cove to end? 

Join us later in the day for an Evening at The Cove with Phil WickhamFor more information and to register, call 1-800-950-2092 or click here.

Watch here as Phil Wickham sings his ever popular song, At Your Name (Yaweh, Yahweh)

See you on Saturday May 11th!

Five Free Seminars at The Cove in 2013

This year we are delighted to offer five 3-day seminars for free

That means there is no program fee.  A single person will save $279, a couple will save $558 per seminar! 

Sound too good to be true? 

It’s not! 
You pay for lodging and meals only!

We hope you will join us for one of these outstanding seminars. 

The Power and Possibilities of Genuine Revival with Herb Reavis
February 20-22
Click here for details.

Four Hours With the Master with Sinclair Ferguson
March 19-21
Click here for details.  

Sermons in Stone with Jim Henry
May 28-30
Click here for details. 

Rough Road to Freedom with Neil Anderson
August 13-15
Click here for details.

Tension: How God Can Use Stress to Save Your Life with Pedro Garcia
August 23-25
Click here for details. 

Not able to make it?  Tell a friend or family member.  A nice opportunity to introduce The Cove to your loved ones!

Which topic or speaker peaks your interest and why?

Visit us at www.TheCove.org or call 1-800-950-2092.

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 24: 5-8

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where women can come together and share their journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 24:5-8 

FACTS:  What Does it say?

Verse 5: I sent Moses & Aaron.  I plagued Egypt.  I brought you out.
Verse 6: I brought you out & you came to the sea & Egypt pursued you to the Red Sea.
Verse 7: A. When they cried to the LORD, He put darkness between you & Egypt, brought the sea upon them.  Your own eyes saw what I did.
Verse 7: B.  You lived in the wilderness a long time.
Verse 8:  I brought you to the land of Amorites, they fought, I gave them into your hand, I destroyed them before you.

LESSONS: What Does it Mean?

verse.5:  God delivers His people through extraordinary circumstances.  God is faithful to His people, He saw their affliction, heeded their cries for help, was aware of their suffering, and DELIVERED them (Exodus 3:7-8).  Moses and Aaron got to watch.
Verse 6:  Sometimes God allows me to be pinned in, in an impossible situation, with nowhere to go but to Him.  I am so quick to downgrade to the thought that God hates me and has it in for me when things “seemingly” get worse as soon as I turn to Him.  I see a dead end, but in reality with God, it is just the beginning of great and miraculous things to come!
Verse 7:  A. Sometimes being pinned in brings me to exactly where I need to be, the throne of grace, desperate, humble, weak, and dependent.  So often I am quick to beg God to change my situation then I will believe and obey, and God says, “Child, believe Me, obey Me, and see what I can do with your situation.”  I will have a testimony that I witnessed with my own eyes.
Verse 7:  B.  So, let me get this right…. God DELIVERS His people, just so they can suffer day in and day out in a WILDERNESS???!!!  Who needs that kind of deliverance right?!   Exodus 16:4, “…. that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in my instruction.”  Sometimes God leads me to a place that makes no sense, a wilderness.  God’s people were NOT in sin (yet), God simply wanted to teach His people to trust Him, in every situation and circumstance.  The people were going to need the lessons learned in the wilderness, in order to have the boldness and the faith it would take to conquer the promised land.  God cares about refining me and wants me to more than just “look to Him”, but learn to “LEAN on Him! It took them a LOOOOOOOOONG TIME!  God is a very patient teacher.
Verse 8:  The battle belongs to the LORD, when I follow the LORD’s lead, he leads me to some scary places sometimes, but there is no safer place than the places where God goes before me.


Verse 5:  What causes me to doubt that God is aware of and cares about my current circumstances?
Verse 6:  Do I trust God with the direction He wants to lead in my life?  What impossible situation is in my life that God is just waiting for me to turn to Him with so He can do the miraculous?  When have I been pinned in only to see God work in unbelievable ways?Verse 7: A.  When have my own eyes seen God work in an unexplainable way?  When have I gone to God in my weakness and desperation and experienced His personal faithfulness to me?  If I have not experienced God’s hand of faithfulness in my life is it because I have never allowed myself to be completely dependent on Him because I don’t believe He will be faithful to me?
Verse 7: B:  Do I have a teachable spirit, even when God leads me to places that don’t make sense, and seem to cause me more pain?  Do I trust God and allow Him to refine me in the way that is best for me?
Verse 8:  Do I believe God will go before me and protect me or do I think He will do that for everyone else except me?  What do I really believe about God?

PICK your FAVORITE verse or TWO in this Christmas passage and share in the joy of Christ’s birth!!!!

Women’s Bible study at The Cove begins January 8, 2013.  Morning and evening options.  While the studies are free, we do ask that you register.  Bring a friend or two!  See you in January!    Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to register. 

Free Webcast Tonight!

Tonight, you can tune in at 7:15pm ET for the first session of Tullian Tchividjian’s (Billy & Ruth Graham’s grandson) seminar,  Wrecked Afresh: How Suffering Makes You Free…for free

There are no pat answers when it comes to suffering. The problem of pain is always more complex than what we can know or see. The Bible shows us that behind our pain is a God who is not only in complete control but also a God who suffers on behalf of broken people in order to set them free—not from their suffering, but in their suffering. Immerse yourself in God’s Word, and draw near to His heart for you. Begin to see your own pain more through God’s eyes, and know how to love well when others are suffering.

During the webcast, you will have the opportunity to participate in the Q&A session with Tullian. Afterward, if you complete our short survey, you will be entered in a drawing for a full CD set of his entire seminar.

Click here to watch online!