This Christmas, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) will attempt to perform the largest evangelistic outreach in the history of their ministry.
For four nights their world television broadcast will air in South Asia to an audience that comprises mainly of Hindus and Muslims. BGEA is anticipating the possibility of reaching the most number of participants who will accept Christ than in the 55 years of their ministry combined.
Rev. Franklin Graham, the president of BGEA said in a letter posted on the website, "We expect that almost 24 million people will have the opportunity to hear the truth of the Gospel and be given a personal invitation to receive Christ by one of the counselors."
The counselors are trained by BGEA to bring in 10 or more of their friends to watch the evangelistic programs each evening in their homes. The outreach is formally known as "My Hope," a worldwide television project that has entered 330,000 homes in Peru, Chile, Argentina and Guatemala in recent months.
For South Asia, they have over 600,000 counselors ready to share the Good News.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's founder Rev. Billy Graham has preached the Gospel to over 210 million people in more than 185 countries.
In recent years, many of his crusades, especially those outside of the United States, have used satellite technology. This approach has allowed the BGEA to spread the Good News to thousands of outlets throughout the world.
In London in 1989, Graham preached to over 800,000 people who gathered at hundreds of centers throughout the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, and to 16,000 sites in 13 nations of Africa.
In 1990, the technology was used to spread Graham’s message from Hong Kong to about 100 million people gathering at 70,000 locations throughout Asia.
In 1995, his message in Puerto Rico was connected to a network of 30 satellites, allowing over 165 countries to listen to the message.
Franklin Graham, his son said, "Our mission is to proclaim the Gospel by every effective means, and God continues to provide us with exciting new ways for sharing the Good News."
"Through our Crusades, world television broadcasts, training programs, and other evangelistic ministries, we have proclaimed the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to millions of people on six continents. We give God all the praise for the doors He has opened to preach the 'good news of great joy that will be for all the people.'"
"Please join us in prayer that many people will respond to the Gospel and come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord," Graham said.