The Lord called him home today!
Evangelist Billy Graham has died at 99 at his North Carolina home.
He had been in failing health in recent years and had suffered several bouts of respiratory illness.
In his career as an evangelist, he preached to more than 210 million people in more than 185 countries and territories.
In 1950, Graham founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association with its headquarters in Minneapolis. The association later relocated to Charlotte.
He conducted his ministry through BGEA, including the weekly “Hour of Decision” radio, television, a newspaper column, “My Answer,” Decision magazine which had a circulation of 1.7 million in 160 countries.
Rev. Graham wrote dozens of book, nearly all of which became top sellers. His autobiography, “Just As I Am,” published in 1997 appeared simultaneously on the three top best-seller lists in one week.
He had personal audiences with many sitting US presidents from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama.
According to Gallup, which releases a yearly survey of the “Ten Most Admired Men in the World,” Rev. Graham was a dominant figure in that poll over the past half century — he was included 42 times, including 35 consecutive years.
He appeared on the covers of Time, Newsweek, Life, U.S. News and World Report, Parade.
Until is declining years, Graham stayed fit by swimming and aerobic walking when his schedule permitted. He and his wife, Ruth, had three daughters, two sons, 19 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
The United States Postal Service has said that Graham was one of the few Americans, along with the current President, who could have mail delivered that simply reads his name and the country: “Billy Graham, America.”