Will Graham to Preach the Gospel in China

By Will Graham
Executive Director, The Cove

In 1916, a young American doctor named L. Nelson Bell and his wife arrived in what is now known as Huai’an, China.  He would spend the next 25 years as a Presbyterian medical missionary, raising his family in the medical compound and offering healing of both the body and soul. He’d tend to people’s wounds, while never neglecting to also share the hope of Jesus.

Over the course of their quarter-century in China, the Bells would bear four children: Rosa, Virginia, Clayton, and my grandmother, Ruth.

Bell family China small
The Bell family in China

My great-grandfather spent years sowing the seeds of the Gospel in China, but – frankly – did not get the opportunity to see much of a harvest.  Despite his years in missionary service there, precious few found their eternal hope in Jesus through his efforts.

However, his sacrificial work cultivated the ground and he is still warmly remembered in that city.  Many in Huai’an still consider my grandmother, who was born there, to be Chinese; to be family.

Billy and Ruth Graham in front of her childhood home in Huai an China
Billy and Ruth Graham in front of her childhood home in Huai’an, China.

My great-grandparents and my grandmother are all in Heaven now, but they would be thrilled to know that I will be returning to Huai’an next week, not just to visit the place of my grandmother’s birth, but to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In addition, I’ll also hold a pair of Gospel celebrations in the city of Wuxi.

The Christian faith is growing quickly now in China, and doors are opening for the Gospel.  I’m visiting at the invitation of the Jiangsu Province Christian Council with the approval of the Chinese government.  They’ve been very hospitable, kind and easy to work with.

I anticipate that this trip will be a blessing, but also a very emotional time.  To visit a grandparent’s place of birth in a foreign land is an amazing opportunity as it is, but to carry on the legacy of my family is an even greater honor.  My great-grandparents and my grandmother loved – dearly loved – the people of China, and now I will be able to share with them how they can find their hope and purpose in Jesus.

Please pray with me that the work begun by my great-grandparents nearly 100 years ago would bear amazing fruit over the coming days.  Pray that the children and grandchildren of those same people to whom my great-grandfather ministered would hear clearly the call of the Holy Spirit on their lives.  Above all, pray that Jesus Christ would glorified and many would surrender to Him!

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9 thoughts on “Will Graham to Preach the Gospel in China”

  1. Thanks Will G. for being willing. You are going at the time of Chinese New Year of the Lamb/Sheep; how appropriate and what a blessing.
    I am praying the Lord is preparing hearts now to be opened and drawn by Him to receive Him as their redeemer, their sacrificial Lamb, and be born again to eternal life.
    I am praying for your protection as you go in and come out.
    Praying for the words you deliver will be holy and acceptable to Him.
    Praying for you.
    praying for your family .
    God watch over you..

  2. God bless you, Will, and those going to China with you. I will continue to pray for your safety and for God to open the hearts of the wonderful people you will encounter, and those that will be in attendance whenever you are preaching there. May they see the light of Jesus in you, and may they find salvation in our beloved Jesus Christ. May hearts and minds be changed forever, thru your dedicated service and blessed work for His kingdom.
    ps-your Grandfather led my husband to receive Christ several years ago here in Indpls. IN …..forever grateful!

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