A Special Thanksgiving Message from Will Graham

Dear Friends,

“For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” – Psalm 107:9, NKJV

The world is filled with hungry souls, people who are searching for satisfaction yet finding only emptiness. As we enter this 2018 Thanksgiving season, I want to take a moment to thank you for partnering with us in sharing the true hope that fills longing souls with the goodness of the Savior.

We have seen incredible things take place this year as God has drawn hundreds of thousands to Himself.  It’s also been an emotional year – one in which we had to say goodbye (for a time) to my grandfather, Billy Graham. He would have turned 100 on November 7.

Through it all – through every tear and triumph – the Gospel was proclaimed to the ends of the earth.

The beautiful thing, of course, is that you can’t talk about Billy Graham without sharing his message – the unchanging message that he carried over the course of eight decades of faithful ministry. The news media (not to mention social media) shared the hope of the cross as my grandfather was memorialized from the United States to Australia, from China to Saudi Arabia, and the Holy Spirit was at work calling broken hearts to repentance and salvation.

Friends like you have been with us every step of the way, sharing in the burden through your prayers and support, and sharing in the harvest as God moved in extraordinary ways to soften the hearts of those who are desperate for the hope that can only be found in a relationship with Jesus.

For this, I just want to say thank you.

Thank you for your love for me and my family as we mourned and celebrated my grandfather’s homegoing. And thank you for your continued faithful support as co-laborers in Christ, allowing us the opportunity to continue sharing His hope with people around the world.

Beginning in April, I conducted three Celebrations (which is what I call my Crusade outreaches) on three continents in three months. I preached in the Tri-Cities region of Tennessee, then traveled to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Australia, in May, to share the Good News in the Outback. I followed that with a series of evangelistic meetings in the historic city of Falkirk, Scotland.

A few weeks ago, I was in Canada for back-to-back weekends in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut (a remote community near the Arctic Circle), and then in St. John’s, Newfoundland. I’ll finish my year with events in two cities in Thailand in early December.

Meanwhile, my father, Franklin Graham, has been boldly sharing the Gospel near and far, taking a faithful stand for Christ in the United States and abroad. More than 120,000 heard the Gospel during the Decision America California Tour and the Decision American Pacific Northwest (Washington and Oregon) Tour. My dad also shared the hope and love of Christ during multi-day Festivals in Lisbon, Portugal; Lancashire, England; and Monterrey, Mexico.

Through it all, God has drawn many broken hearts to respond and begin a relationship with Jesus.

I’m often asked if I’ve ever seen a miracle, and I respond that I’m blessed to see them regularly. Every time I see weary wanderers fall to their knees with tears streaming down their faces, crying out to Jesus for forgiveness and the hope of eternity, I see that which was once dead made alive again in Christ Jesus (see Ephesians 2:5). We thank God for His faithfulness in providing the harvest as we serve Him as sowers of the seed.

As God opens doors for 2019, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association already has evangelistic events scheduled in 28 cities on five continents next year, with more in the works. I have accepted invitations to lead evangelistic celebrations in nine of those cities–in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

My friends, I share all of these things because they are possible as a result of your involvement.  Eternities are changed because you feel led by God to come alongside us in this ministry, and – as we celebrate Thanksgiving and begin turning our eyes to the Christmas season – I sincerely want you to know how thankful I am for each of you, your prayers, and your generosity.

Thank you for helping my father, me, and all of BGEA proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. Take joy in the fact that God is using you to reach souls for His glory!

Blessings,

Will Graham

32 thoughts on “A Special Thanksgiving Message from Will Graham”

  1. Have a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends. There is so very much to be thankful for. As ever, my prayer is come Lord Jesus.

  2. Thanks to all of you there too. Will, your Grandpa would be so proud of you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your family. God Bless all of you and may God keep all of you safe.

    Priscilla Pirkle

  3. Thank you so much Will.
    No one has ever thanked me quite as eloquently or as heart-touching way. I don’t have a lot but I share.. so that you can be in places I cannot be. Thank you for knowing how much I care.

  4. God bless you Will and your family. I will say a prayer that almighty God will plant a hedge of protection around you.

  5. Brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart as the Good News goes forth and sinners respond. Thank you for continuing to share the Gospel.

  6. May God Bless you and all your family for all you are doing to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
    I attended a crusade led by Billy Graham in 1976 in Seattle, Washington and gave my life to Jesus – for this I am eternally grateful.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. As I read about the hundreds of thousands of hurting people that you and your dad continue to reach and help guide to Christ, I feel convicted that I have to do more. Daily, I either hear about or meet those that are lost, hungry and hopeless and I know that only Jesus can fill that void no matter how much food we give them. They need that spiritual food first then we can help provide the rest. I know God has given me certain gifts and I do share those, but always feel I can do more. Your stories always inspire me. Thank you for all you do for the lost. It’s really the most important job we have.

  8. Thank you, Will and Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family. We are grateful to have you on May 2018 at KBC. And looking forward for Graham Tour Feb 2019 with your dad, Rev Franklin Graham. Blessings!

  9. Thank you Will for this inspiring Thanksgiving message to us all. I cut & pasted THE CROSS photo which is at the top of your message (here) and inserted it in emails as a reminder what we have FIRST to be grateful for. I am grateful to You & your Family for sharing the Gospel around the world and for keeping us close in the loop of your entire family as well; Continuing prayers for Anne. Your family teaches me how to be a better family member in both human & God’s kingdom.

  10. Thank you Will and Family for your beautiful example of God’s love and Grace. We continue to pray for BGEA and all the outreach programs that tell The Good News of Jesus Chrst. God bless you and may you have a Thanksgiving filled with joy and peace.

  11. I appreciate the way the LORD is directing and leading. May we always respond in love with prayers for salvation for those lost and hurting.
    With that in mind, please consider this, having meet Billy, praying for God to be glorified in every aspect of ministry, please reread and prayerfully consider changing the wording. Billy would never have used ” I” so much at least without prefacing it with God directed or God lead in this way,
    Thanking God for servants of the “most High God”.
    In His Service,
    Jeannette Cary

  12. Will, we were so blessed in the movie you played the part of your grandfather. What a wonderful redeeming ending!I am so very
    thankful and thank God daily for the work you and your dad are doing along with the chaplains who so faithfully go out to help those in dire need. God bless all of you and the BGEA for all the witness you share with others. I will be praying for all the mission campaigns you both will be doing in 2019. What a marvelous and
    glorious work you are doing. Thank you from the depths of my heart.

  13. Will Graham,
    Your grandfather’s body is in the earth, his soul is with God but he is still very active in Chicago proclaiming the gospel to thousands as his well-recognized voice still reverberates to many lost people roaming about downtown. i am grateful for the myriad of recorded messages your grandfather left for us to use to sow gospel seeds in these END TIMES!

  14. I was reborn in 1972. I wasn’t able to attend a Bible church, and had very little opportunity for Fellowship. The Billy Graham crusades were an important connection for me, and a real encouragement! I thank God for Billy Graham crusades.

  15. What a blessing and witness the BGEA and Samaritans Purse is to our country and world. Father, continue to bless, protect, and meet the needs of these ministries for Your glory and honor.
    Thank You Lord for all the Graham family, all the staff, and volunteers who make miracles happen through the work of
    The Holy Spirit, people being born again ! Praise God!!

  16. I thank God for you, your father and your grandfather for all you have done to win so many people to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ! I attended one of the Billy Graham
    Crusades way back in the early fifties in
    California. I have never forgotten it! Keep up the good work!

    Love and prayers for you and your Dad!

  17. I told Gigi one time at the Cove that you all had a fantastic family. She said, “no, We have an ordinary family with a great God.” I tell people that she told me that. I am also the one that my daddy loved the longest:) I just thank God, Will what He is doing in you and through you and your family. Yes I am very thankful to say I have a great God. I will pray for your family that God will bless you all through this holiday season. In Jesus precious name. I tell people I know that the Cove for me is the greatest place on earth.

  18. Thank you to Rev Franklin & Rev Will Graham for not only being willing, but actually going, into all the world with Jesus’s Good News & sharing it!!
    Thank you also to the Cove and the Anne Graham Lotz minstries as well. Thank you for all those associated with any leg of the BGEA that worked to make this happen.
    Thank you most of all to the Lord for blessing this ministry and for continuing to pass the torch, as we lost Rev Billy as a Frontline rep on the earthly battlefield.

    We love you & pray you continue to burn brighter as the Kings return gets closer.

  19. we are blessed to have you and your
    father continue spreading the gospel
    your grandfather started many years ago! Gid bless you and Franklin for keeping alive the spreading of the
    gospel around the world!
    We will be praying for your ministry.
    Bless you, Barb and Gary Provo

  20. Thank you for your ministries for the Kingdom of God, and for providing the opportunity for us to share in the harvest.

    We will miss your grandfather, but only for a short time.

    All praise, honor and glory to Jesus!

    Mark & Ann

  21. My husband and I thank God for calling Rev. Graham into the special work he had prepared for him, and we are grateful that Rev. Graham answered God’s calling and was true to his calling until he went home to be with the LORD. We pray for the ministry of the Billy Graham Organizations and especially for his love and concern for ministers. My husband has pastored now for 49 years and Rev. Graham’s guidance and support through his ministry to pastor’s and spouses has been a blessing to us both! We love the Cove!

  22. Pastor Graham, I continue thanking our Lord for all He has done for us, for all He has given us. I am especially thankful for the wonderful influence, you, your father, your grandfather, and now your precious son have had over my life, all of these years.

    Please know of our continuing prayerful support for you, your father, and now your young son , as you continue to teach others about our Lord, throughout the world.

    We believe in the good work that you do, with all of our hearts!

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