We were deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Billy Graham this morning. Rev. Graham was a faithful teacher, pastor, and friend to countless people. He preached the good news of Jesus to more people than anyone else in history. It is estimated that nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries heard the gospel through his public meetings and crusades, and hundreds of millions more through television, radio, and the internet.
There are few people who haven't been impacted by Billy Graham's teaching. Glenn Reph gave his life to Jesus at a Billy Graham Crusade in 1963. Glenn would go on to faithfully lead major companies in the payment processing industry, pastor multiple churches, and join us here at Subsplash as the Vice President of Finance, all with Jesus at the center of his life. "My one purpose in life is to help people find a personal relationship with God," said Rev. Graham. The ripple effect of his faithful work is unquantifiable.
As his health was fading, Billy Graham gave the exhortation, “Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” While we mourn the passing of a faithful leader, teacher, and friend, we rejoice knowing that he is now face to face with the one he loved so deeply, free from pain, suffering, and strife. His legacy will impact and inspire many generations to come.
To listen to some of Rev. Graham's sermons, check out the Billy Graham Association app.