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Dr Billy Graham gives his last blessing on film

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08 November 2013

by a staff reporter

AP

Man of influence: the then Vice President of the United States, Richard Nixon, pours coffee for his lunch guest, Dr Graham, in Nixon's private office in Washington, in March 1960 

Man of influence: the then Vice President of the United States, Richard Nixon, pours coffee for his lunch guest, Dr Graham, in Nixon's private ...

THE evangelist Dr Billy Graham released what is expected to be his last video-message yesterday on his 95th birthday. It is the first time in seven years that he has spoken publicly, owing to declining health.

The video message is part of the My Hope America campaign by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which is run by his son, Franklin. The message was shown in 28,000 churches, and broadcast on TV and on the internet. People were encouraged to invite people into their homes to watch.

In the video, Dr Billy Graham said: "Our country is in great need of a spiritual awakening. With all my heart, I want to leave you with the truth."

Franklin Graham said that the message would be his father's "last call". It had been difficult to film because of his frail health.

"It is a tremendous film. It'll be his last call. It's called My Hope America. My father has hope. Ever since he was 16 years of age, he's had hope, and that's because at 16 he gave his life to Christ," Franklin Graham said.

Dr Billy Graham preached for 70 years, running more than 400 campaigns in 185 countries around the world, during which three million people responded to his call to turn to Christ. He was also an adviser to several US Presidents, and was particularly close to Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon.

 

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