When the massive flood of two summers ago swept through the Siksika Nation east of Calgary, Samaritan’s Purse and the Rapid Response Team chaplains with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada quickly sprung into action to help people in the devastation.
On Thursday, Will Graham, 40, son of preacher Franklin Graham and grandson of evangelist icon Billy Graham, held a Celebration of Hope outreach program on the reserve.
Graham, vice-president and associate evangelist of the association based out of North Carolina, said the two organizations went to the Siksika Nation to help residents rebuild after the Bow River flooded.
“We built a great friendship with some of the local churches there. The pastor there and some of the leaders said ‘Hey, we’d love to do an outreach in our area, here in our community, with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,’ which is our sister organization here in Canada,” said Graham in an interview with the Herald following the 47th annual Calgary Leadership Prayer Breakfast he attended Thursday morning.
The outreach programs are being held as well Friday and Saturday in Whitehorse. There are also two planned for Fort McMurray in November.
Graham, who did the blessing of the meal and prayer for the nation at the leadership prayer breakfast, said his first evangelistic outreach in 2006 was in Leduc.
His main message in these programs?
“That Jesus Christ is the hope of the world. It’s the hope of their community. It’s the hope of the individual. It’s the hope of Canada. It’s the hope of the world,” said Graham. “So Jesus Christ can change everything if we allow Jesus Christ to come into our lives to forgive us of our sins not because of anything we’ve done but because he loves us and that he’s already paid the price for us by dying on the cross.”
Graham said the message is definitely needed in the world these days.
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SOURCE: Calgary Herald – Mario Toneguzzi