Thursday, March 1, 2018

Billy Graham

I have just sent this off to Wheaton College to go into the book of condolences to be presented to the family of Billy Graham (lightly edited):

My wife Becky (WCGS '92) and I would like to express our profound thanks for the life and ministry of Billy Graham. We are thankful for his humility, his consistency of holy living, and faithfulness in gospel proclamation. His life is a wonderful example to us all. I was a Billy Graham International Scholar in 1992 doing the MA in Intercultural Studies. It was tremendously helpful for my wife and me when we returned to our field of ministry in Nepal in 1993, where we stayed until 2005. Since then we have continued to serve in Wales, UK, where we are involved in many areas of ministry including work on campus, from where I write this note, late at night after a full evening of gospel proclamation and counselling.

May the Lord comfort you in your loss with his warm presence. And may the Lord find us all faithful in our day, just as your beloved father, grandfather, mentor and friend was in his. 

So Spirit, come put strength in every stride,
Give grace for every hurdle,
That we may run with faith to win the prize
Of a servant good and faithful.
As saints of old still line the way,
Retelling triumphs of His grace,
We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When with Christ we stand in glory.
Stuart Townend & Keith Getty


Mark Pickett

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