The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s first Festival of 2017 took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Here, the Festival team is praying for Franklin Graham before he shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ with thousands.

Sometimes I’m asked to list the most important steps in preparing for an evangelistic mission, and my reply is always the same: prayer … prayer … prayer. —Billy Graham

Billy Graham turned 99 on Nov. 7. As he begins his 100th year of life, the ministry he founded in 1950 still believes prayer is the key to effective evangelism.

In February, Will Graham preached in China’s Jiangsu Province, where his grandparents served as medical missionaries and where his late grandmother, Ruth Bell Graham, was born. To this day, the Graham family has a deep love for the Chinese people.

More than 30,000 people came together in Vancouver, Canada, in March as Franklin Graham preached the Gospel. More than 1,900 people indicated making a decision for Christ. Give to help share Jesus through Crusades and Festivals.

  • In the spring, Will Graham preached in Mexico for the first time. Thousands of people in the historic city of Pachuca heard about salvation through Jesus.

  • Like many cities in Mexico, Pachuca is plagued by poverty and drug cartels. Local Christians praised God as their friends and neighbors found hope in Christ.

In the spring, Will Graham preached in Mexico for the first time. Thousands of people in the historic city of Pachuca heard about salvation through Jesus. Like many cities in Mexico, Pachuca is plagued by poverty and drug cartels. Local Christians praised God as their friends and neighbors found hope in Christ.

On June 3, terrorists killed eight people and injured dozens during an attack that began on London Bridge. Crisis-trained Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains offered compassion, prayer and a listening ear after the attack. Chaplains also responded to a horrific London apartment fire in June, and to the Manchester concert bombing in May. Give to send chaplains to crisis zones.

An Easter event for children at the Billy Graham Library was a celebration of new life. Little ones heard about Jesus and also had the chance to pet newborn animals.

In May, BGEA held the first World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians to shed light on the global persecution of Christ-followers. More than 600 people from 130 countries—including many who have endured brutal persecution because of their Christian faith—gathered in Washington, D.C., for the four-day summit. Vice President Mike Pence joined Franklin Graham and gave a 20-minute address. “We stand with you,” he told the persecuted believers. Will you pray for brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering? Support persecuted Christians.

After sharing the Gospel in all 50 states in 2016, Franklin Graham returned to Tennessee and Texas in 2017. During the four-city Decision Tennessee Tour, more than 22,000 people gathered to pray for their government leaders, publicly repent of their sins and call on God to heal the nation.

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. —2 Chronicles 7:14, ESV

Many years ago, Billy and Ruth Graham prayed for a place where Christians could find peace and quiet while studying God’s Word and learning from the world’s best Bible teachers. The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, was the answer to their prayer. Plan your visit for 2018.

  • In 1985, Billy Graham shared the Gospel inside this cathedral in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, when the country was under communist rule. In October, Will Graham shared the same Gospel message—this time in an arena one mile away.

  • “You’re looking for purpose and peace,” Will Graham told thousands of Romanians. “You aren’t going to find them in the things of this world. You’ll only find them in Jesus.” Hundreds of Romanians responded to the invitation to accept Christ.

Left: In 1985, Billy Graham shared the Gospel inside this cathedral in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, when the country was under communist rule. In October, Will Graham shared the same Gospel message—this time in an arena one mile away. Right: “You’re looking for purpose and peace,” Will Graham told thousands of Romanians. “You aren’t going to find them in the things of this world. You’ll only find them in Jesus.” Hundreds of Romanians responded to the invitation to accept Christ.

In October, more than 50,000 people joined Franklin Graham on his seven-city Decision Texas Tour.

  • These children were among a crowd of 10,000 who came out to pray and worship in San Antonio, Texas.

  • David Crowder joined Franklin Graham on all seven stops of the Decision Texas Tour, leading the crowds in boot-stomping worship.

Left: These children were among a crowd of 10,000 who came out to pray and worship in San Antonio, Texas. Right: David Crowder joined Franklin Graham on all seven stops of the Decision Texas Tour, leading the crowds in boot-stomping worship.

Fireworks light up the sky over Waco, Texas, as Crowder gets his fellow Texans on their feet. In 2018, Franklin Graham plans to continue his prayer and evangelism tours on the West Coast, with multiple stops in California, Washington and Oregon. Support the Decision America Tour.

On October 1 in Las Vegas, a gunman killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 in the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. Chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team offered emotional and spiritual care to people reeling from the violence. Over the course of two weeks, a team of 25 chaplains prayed with more than 900 people on the Las Vegas strip and beyond.

On the night of October 31 in New York City, a terrorist drove a van into pedestrians and cyclists, killing eight people. Rapid Response Team chaplains arrived a short time later to talk and pray with residents and tourists who were struggling with what happened.

  • In November, Franklin Graham shared the Gospel with thousands in Oslo, the capital of Norway. “[God] made you. He created you. He gave you a special genetic code. He gave you a fingerprint that nobody else has. … Of course you’re important to God!”

  • American band The Afters had the crowd on their feet in Norway. Meanwhile, lead singer Josh Havens was up in the air. The band is known for high-energy sets that focus on God’s goodness and love.

Left: In November, Franklin Graham shared the Gospel with thousands in Oslo, the capital of Norway. “[God] made you. He created you. He gave you a special genetic code. He gave you a fingerprint that nobody else has. … Of course you’re important to God!” Right: American band The Afters had the crowd on their feet in Norway. Meanwhile, lead singer Josh Havens was up in the air. The band is known for high-energy sets that focus on God’s goodness and love.

A husband and wife team of Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains takes a moment to grieve the loss of 26 people at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas. The chaplains were welcomed into the community, where they prayed with more than 1,000 people including family members of the victims and first responders.

  • In November, Will Graham traveled to Prince Edward Island, Canada, where he preached the Gospel inside a packed ice hockey arena. Local Christians have been praying for revival to come to their island.

  • Surrounded by the leaders, music artists and local Christians who brought the Celebration of Hope to Prince Edward Island, Will Graham prays for lives to be changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Left: In November, Will Graham traveled to Prince Edward Island, Canada, where he preached the Gospel inside a packed ice hockey arena. Local Christians have been praying for revival to come to their island. Right: Surrounded by the leaders, music artists and local Christians who brought the Celebration of Hope to Prince Edward Island, Will Graham prays for lives to be changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province, and it’s filled with beauty. Rolling hills and colorful fishing villages dot the landscape, which served as the backdrop for the novel Anne of Green Gables. During the two-day Celebration of Hope, hundreds of people on the island made decisions for Christ. Local believers said the event would have a lasting impact on their small communities.

  • The last evangelistic Festival of the year took place in Hanoi, Vietnam. Christians in the communist country have persevered in faith for many years. They were filled with joy as they watched their friends and neighbors respond to the Gospel. For some, it was likely their first time hearing about Jesus.

  • As they entered the venue, attendees were given a sticker that said, “God is Love.” By the end of the two-day Love Hanoi Festival with Franklin Graham, many came to know just what that meant for their lives.

Left: The last evangelistic Festival of the year took place in Hanoi, Vietnam. Christians in the communist country have persevered in faith for many years. They were filled with joy as they watched their friends and neighbors respond to the Gospel. For some, it was likely their first time hearing about Jesus. Right: As they entered the venue, attendees were given a sticker that said, “God is Love.” By the end of the two-day Love Hanoi Festival with Franklin Graham, many came to know just what that meant for their lives.

December’s event was the first of its kind in Vietnam, and local believers are praying it will be a catalyst for the Gospel to continue to spread throughout the nation. Give to Crusades and Festivals.

For 10 years, Christmas at the Billy Graham Library has been drawing thousands of visitors to a Christ-centered celebration that takes place throughout December. One of the highlights is the live nativity, which included a baby camel named Eba this year.