Rev. Franklin Graham has devoted his life to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meeting the needs of suffering people around the world. Franklin serves as president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). His first evangelistic event with the ministry was held in 1989, and since then, he has continued to spread the Good News through hundreds of outreaches around the world.
Franklin is continuing the lifelong work of his father, Dr. Billy Graham, who was honored to preach in New Zealand on numerous occasions between 1959 and 1969, with stops in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin. Franklin is returning to New Zealand 53 years after his father’s last visit to the country, and just like his father, Franklin is working with local churches that are sharing the message that God loves the people of New Zealand and has a purpose for their lives. This is the same, simple Gospel message that Franklin is also looking forward to sharing this year in the United Kingdom; St. Petersburg, Russia; Milan, Italy; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Through his work with BGEA, Franklin has been instrumental in helping people affected by natural or man-made disasters, such as the 2017 terrorist attack in Christchurch. After the mass shootings at two mosques, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains based in New Zealand and Australia deployed to Christchurch to offer emotional and spiritual care to the hurting community. The crisis-trained chaplains stood alongside grieving families and friends at a prayer vigil, and upon request, the team also supported family members of the wounded at a local hospital.
In addition to serving as president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Franklin also leads the international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, which helps meet the needs of refugees, victims of war and natural disasters, the sick, the poor, and the suffering in more than 100 countries around the world.
Samaritan’s Purse has responded to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the wars in Iraq and South Sudan, and disasters across the globe ranging from catastrophic hurricanes to devastating wildfires to massive earthquakes. Samaritan’s Purse recently deployed emergency field hospitals to COVID-19 hotspots during the pandemic, treating more than 950 coronavirus patients in northern Italy, New York City, the Bahamas, North Carolina, southern California, and Mississippi. One of the projects of Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child, is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. This past season, Operation Christmas Child collected more than 10.5 million gift-filled shoeboxes. These gifts are delivered to children around the world, including many who are suffering from war, disease, poverty, and disaster. For many boys and girls, the shoeboxes are the first gift they have ever received.
Under Franklin’s leadership, six Emergency Field Hospitals were deployed to COVID-19 hotspots during the pandemic, treating more than 950 coronavirus patients in northern Italy, New York City, the Bahamas, North Carolina, southern California, and Mississippi. Samaritan’s Purse is also providing medical care, hygiene kits, blankets and other critical relief supplies to desperate Afghan evacuees who fled the crisis in Afghanistan.
“I want to call God’s people to prayer and share the hope found only in Jesus Christ”