JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—He may be a “nonagenarian”—one who is between 90 and 99 years old—but Billy Graham is still sharing his faith in Jesus Christ. Nov. 7 marks his 95th birthday as well as the launch of “My Hope America with Billy Graham,” a nationwide push to evangelize people and revive the church.
My Hope America is a DVD program produced by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) containing The Cross, Defining Moments, Lose to Gain and Momentos Decisivos. Mailed to pastors who registered their churches with BGEA, the DVD package includes a letter, suggestions for using the program and a devotional guide, among other things. Over 26,000 churches in the United States and Canada registered to participate in the program as of mid-October.
As part of My Hope America, individuals invite people into their homes to learn about Jesus through the DVD program featuring Graham, music and testimonies. In addition to living room evangelism, plans are underway to show the program in cafes, offices and schools during the first week of November.
In Nocatee, a top-selling residential community south of Jacksonville, what began as a small gathering has expanded into a community-wide event involving area churches. First Baptist Church of Jacksonville’s South Campus, which meets in the auditorium of nearby Ponte Vedra High School, has helped organize the event.
Frank Bernatt, a Nocatee resident, said God talked to him about witnessing to people in his community during a recent hospitalization. After praying about what to do, Bernatt joined forces with Jim Fuller, a former Florida legislator. The two men prayed and then approached Nocatee’s management about showing My Hope America, according to a news release.
Meanwhile, a Bible study had been approved as a community-wide interest group by Nocatee manager, David Ray. Moving forward on faith, Bernatt and Fuller asked Ray if they could show My Hope America on a large screen at the community’s water park. Ray not only approved their request, he suggested the DVD be shown at Nocatee’s drive-in, complete with a large screen and parking for more than 200 cars.
Promotional opportunities came easily, too. The Nocatee farmer’s market granted permission for Bernatt’s group to spread the word about My Hope America at an information booth. “One lady grabbed a handful of invitations to the Nov. 8 event, saying she wanted to get her church involved, too,” Bernatt said. “We continually gave out invitations to our event.”
First Baptist Church in Jacksonville is preparing for a Harvest Sunday.
Programs will be available online at http:///myhopewithbillygraham.org/Programs/ beginning November 7. It will also be broadcast nationally on television. A broadcast listing is available at http://watchbillygraham.com.
“If ever there was a time this country needed the intervention of God, it is now,” Graham said on the My Hope America web site. “The more I pray, the more deeply I feel that My Hope America is the right outreach for this country today,” he added.
My Hope America is the largest American evangelism effort in the history of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
David Burton, lead strategist in evangelism for the Florida Baptist Convention, said he hopes churches and individuals will be involved in the effort in the first week of November, but even if not at that time—anytime.
For more information about My Hope America with Billy Graham, including how it works and how to be involved, visit www.MyHopewithBillyGraham.org and for info specific to Florida go to www.flbaptist.org/myhope or call 1-877- MY HOPE (1-877-769-4673).
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