When my father, the late Walter Medlock, was a new Christian, he volunteered to be a counselor at the weeklong Billy Graham Crusade that was scheduled for the fall of 1962 in Bedford, Indiana. Daddy was willing to serve, but he wasn’t sure he knew enough about the Lord to be very helpful.
Billy Graham was truly a faith giant.
On the first night of the crusade as “Just As I Am” filled the gymnasium, my dad hurried down front in case he was needed to counsel one of the many who’d come forward for salvation. Just then, he saw a woman he knew through business motioning for him. She explained that her 9-year-old daughter had responded to the invitation. Daddy smiled down at the little blue-eyed girl and said, “Honey, do you want to make Jesus the Lord of your life?” She nodded her head, so he shared a few scriptures with her and led her in the Sinner’s Prayer. After she had accepted Jesus Christ into her heart, he shook her hand and said: “This is the beginning of a whole new life for you!” Then, he shook the mother’s hand and noticed her countenance was heavy. “Have you ever asked Jesus into your heart?” Daddy asked. She dropped her eyes to the gym floor and sadly shook her head no. “Well, we can take care of that right now,” he said, smiling.
Fifteen years later, that same mother came into Dad’s place of business and asked, “Do you remember me?” As soon as he locked eyes with her, he did. “I sure do. How’s your daughter?”
“That’s why I’m here,” she explained. “I thought you might like to know that my little girl you prayed with so many years ago is leaving for the mission field next week. She’s devoted her life to winning souls for Christ.” After she left, Daddy thanked God for allowing him to be part of the Billy Graham Crusade and the most important event in that little girl’s life. *
I can’t think of a better way to honor Reverend Graham’s homegoing than to ask you a simple question today: Do you know Jesus?
This is just one story that resulted from one Billy Graham Crusade…there are countless others. After all, Evangelist Billy Graham, who went home to be with His Lord and Savior on 2/21/18, preached the Gospel message at crusades to more people than anyone in history, and millions more have heard him through television, radio, and film. Just think how many millions of lives will never be the same all because one man said “yes” when God called him.
Billy Graham was truly a faith giant. I grew up in a Christian home where Reverend Graham was revered. If he happened to be preaching on TV, we gathered around the old RCA and watched him. When I was in high school and had questions about angels, my mom gave me Billy Graham’s book, Angels: God’s Secret Agents, which I read in one night. And, as a Christian writer, I often find myself quoting Billy Graham, sharing his wisdom with those who are in my circle.
You know, I can’t think of a better way to honor Reverend Graham’s homegoing than to ask you a simple question today: Do you know Jesus? And one follow-up question: Would you like to know Him today? If so, please pray this prayer with me right now: “Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I now invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as Lord and Savior. In the Mighty Name of Jesus, Amen.”Millions of lives are forever changed because Billy Graham said YES when God called. How will you answer the call? #faithingod #billygraham Click To Tweet