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Jesus Christ as Lord of his HfeJ-Aefew
years later while attending Bible College
he sensed the call to preach. It was per
haps the most difficult decision of Billy's
life for it meant being willing to go any
where for God at any time. Then, too, he
had reservations about the emotionalism
in some areas of evangelism, and the pre
vailing view fostered by the film "Elmer
Gantry" that some evange
lists were using their ministries for finan
cial gain. But after much prayer he said
yes and the evangelistic ministry was
Bible College had given Billy a solid foun
dation in the Scriptures but he was then, ;
as he is now, an avid reader and enthusi
astic learner, and he. added academic
background to his Biblical knowledge by
enrolling at Wheaton College in Illinois.
Wheaton gave him more than an educa
tion, it was there that Billy fell in love at
first sight, he says with a beautiful ,
fellow student, Ruth McCue Bell, daugh ter
of a missionary surgeon in China. In ,
1943 they were married.; .
After graduating from college, Billy joined
"Youth for Christ," an organization that
took the message of Christ to young peo
ple during World War II. With "Youth for
Christ" he preached across the United
States and Europe, steadily
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While addressing a Bible conference in
North Carolina, Billy met a young song
leader named Cliff Barrows. Soon he be
gan holding citywide evangelistic meet
ings with Barrows; Grady Wilson, an old
preaching friend; and George Beverly
Shea, a well known Gospel singer.
In 1949 he conducted such a meeting in
Los Angeles and with this he unknow
ingly set in motion the chain of events
that would make him famous. The Los
Angeles meetings opened in September
scheduled to run for three weeks. Eight
weeks later after unprecedented crowds
had flowed through the tent at the corner
of Washington Boulevard and Hill Street,
they came to a triumphant conclusion.
The Los Angeles Examiner gave the meet
ings banner headlines which were picked
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On his recent visit to the Soviet Union, the evangelist preached to more than 1,000 people
at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Epiphany.
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Billy Graham lectures on "Personal Peace in A Nuclear Age'
Special Guest: Bobby Jones, Ail American UNC 1974
Basketball Great now with Philadelphia 76ers
A Drama by the A.D. Players
Question & Answer Period follows Mr. Graham's Lecture
Billy Graham lectures on "Intellect and Faith"
Special Guest: Doris Betts, Writer and Teacher
A Drama by the A.D. Players .
Billy Graham lectures on "The University of Life"
Special Guest: UNC Alumnus Mark RoesslerM)
Minister of Evangelism, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church,
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
A Drama by the A.D; Players -
Billy Graham lectures on "Relationships"
Special Guest: Cari Winf ield, Class of 1984, Biology Major
A Drama by the A.D. Players .
Billy Graham lectures on "The Reason to Live" .
Special Guest: Fran Knott, Class of 1983,
History-Speech-Communications Major , .
A Drama by the A.D. Players ' : ;
Billy Graham at Chapel Hill. A challenging experience.
The campus awaits the arrival of the world-famous evangelist with two mindsets. Some students
put it this way: "His coming really doesn't affect me because I have my views set on religion
already. I won't go to hear him because I've seen him on TV and I don't take him seriously' . . ."J
feel apathetic. His message just doesn't hold that much interest for ma"
Others cay things like this: "i think it's really fantastic that we get to have him come here. I am
really looking forward to hearing him speak. Someone with that much acclaim as a speaker . . . of
course, I'm going to go in there with an open mind."
The students of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, in cooperation with other Christian fellow
ships on campus, extended the invitation to Billy Graham to come to UNC. Their purpose in
sponsoring this outreach is to give students and the university community the opportunity to
consider Jesus Christ as the reason to live. They chose Billy Graham to speak for his clear and
direct presentation of the Gospel message.
The student leadership of REASOh4 TO LIVE has geared the outreach to the needs of the
university community. The outreach will not follow the traditional crusade format, but will be
presented as a series of five evangelistic lectures treating topics of particular relevance to
In this University where competing truths are presented and tested, you are invited to consider
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When ihe pastor of the Moscow Baptist
Church asked how many present had read
Graham's "Peace with God," nearly half of
those jammed into the pews, aisles and bal
conies lifted their hands.
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The late Sandy Ford, former UNC CH student,
nephew of the evangelist, and Co-Chairman of
the Steering Committee, was instrumental in
inviting Billy Graham to UNC.
"Ao Billy began to speak I was
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iij destroyed. He spoke a tot of
up by other papers across the country
and by the Associated Press. Sparked by
Los Angeles, a successful Boston meet
ing followed and invitations began com
ing to Billy from across the country and
In 1950, Mr. Graham took his ministry to
radio with the broadcast of the weekly
"Hour of Decision" on the ABC Radio Net
work. The program, offering a message by
Mr. Graham or an associate evangelist, as
well as interviews with Christian newsma
kers, reports from the mission fronts and
inspirational music, continues to be
heard each week on hundreds of radio
stations around the world. A few years
later, making further use of the mass me
dia, he began televising his citywide evan
gelistic meetings starting with the
Historic Madison Square Garden Crusade
in New. York City in 1957.
Approximately 3,500 hours of prime time
television are now purchased each year
by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Associa
tion to transform crusades and other spe
cial programs into national events.
Worldwide Pictures in Burbank, California
Is the film-making arm of the Association,
with pictures like the award-winning "Hid
ing Place" starring Julie Harris to its
credit, "Decision" Magazine has three
million circulation, and Mr. Graham's
books are widely read in many languages.
(When the Russian pastor introducing
him at the Moscow Baptist Church asked
how many in the congregation had read
Mr. Graham's "Peace with God," nearly
half of those jammed into the pews,
aisles and balconies enthusiastically
lifted their hands.) His "Angels: God's Se
cret Agents" was the United States' run
away best seller in any category,
inspirational or otherwise, in 1975.
Billy Graham ministers to the whole per
son, body as well as soul. His organiza
tion's World Emergency Fund is a
practical example of Christian love in
action, providing help in the form of
money, food, medicine, building material's
Billy and students take!
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people. Hundreds of
have been disburs
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African countries, t
India destroyed by s
food .and medicine ta
in Guatemala, and
boat people and Ca
Thailand. 100 perc
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tion deducting nothi
costs. True to its e
ment, BGEA sees to
told this help comes
of Jesus Christ.
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