World-renowned Christian evangelist Billy Graham turns 95-years-old today, November 7. To celebrate 'America's Pastor,' 800 guests are invited to a party at Grove Park Inn in Asheville, including former President Bill Clinton, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Michael W. Smith and Pastor Rick Warren.
Guests will watch the debut of the "My Hope America" video message by Graham. While Graham will attend the party, he's not expected to give a speech.
The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte have set up a "Happy Birthday" card on the wall for visitors to sign and will serve cake on Thursday. Visitors will also get a free copy of his book called "God's Ambassador".
Billy Graham's son, Franklin Graham, told Reuters he remembered Graham's 90th birthdaywhen he invited his guests to return in five years for his next milestone celebration.
"Now he's telling people he thinks he's going to live to be 100," Franklin Graham told Reuters, "So he's moved the goal posts."
Graham, who served as an advisor to presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon and preached alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., has spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to over 215 million people worldwide. His birthday will also kick start "My Hope America with Billy Graham," a series of evangelical messages to be broadcast nationwide November 7-10.
"With all my heart, I want to remind American's of God's amazing love and, as simply and clearly as I can, call people to "a repentance that leads to salvation" (2 Corinthians 7:10, ESV)," Graham wrote in a statement released Monday on Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA)'s website.
The BGEA encourages Christians to invite their neighbors and friends into their home to watch Graham's message and share Christ with them - something that many have been hesitant to do for various reasons.
Billy Graham is known as one of the greatest American evangelists to ever have lived, and his preaching has influenced hundreds of thousands of people to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior. The evangelist, whose legacy will surely go on past his time, has preached in "remote African villages and in the heart of New York City, and those to whom he has ministered have ranged from heads of state to the simple living bushmen of Australia and the wandering tribes of Africa and the Middle East," his biography reads.