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William Franklin “Billy”
Graham, Jr.

1918
2018

In 1945, Youth For Christ embraced and then propelled a 27-year-old by the name of Billy Graham to the ministry spotlight as the message of Christ and His promise of transformation reached the ears of receptive young people across the United States. In auditoriums throughout the country and in cities from coast to coast, the message of Jesus was clearly proclaimed.

Throughout the early ministry years that Billy Graham spent with Youth For Christ, there was a consistent call to biblically-based communication, unapologetic confrontation of sin, and a leadership model that assembled a valuable and committed ministry team. It was in this spirit of collaboration, accountability, missional passion, and biblical fidelity that Youth For Christ was birthed, nurtured and sustained. By God’s grace this remains true over sixty-five years later.

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We are humbled and honored that before his passing, Dr. Graham selected Youth For Christ as an organization to which those touched by his ministry could donate to help continue the work of Christ in his memory.



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Stories of Billy’s Impact

Submitted by Norma Collins

In about 1948, Billy was the speaker at a Youth for Christ Rally in Gary, Indiana, and my husband Wendy was leading the singing. After the service, Billy invited Wendy to visit his new office in Chicago, stating...

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Submitted by Gerald H. Major Jr.

In the early days of Billy Graham's ministry our only relationship with him was by hearing him speak. First, my wife Janice heard him at the Pinebrook Bible Conference in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. I heard...

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Submitted by June Thompson

Two instances related to Billy Graham during my 60 years in YFC. First, when the YFC national office was at 109 N. Cross Street in Wheaton, Illinois, one day Billy popped in unannounced. Pete Quist was the Office...

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Submitted by Doyce Laffoon

I'm so grateful for the ministry of Billy Graham. The year was summer of '53—the conference was YFC's Winona Lake annual two week event on the grounds. Billy Graham was the speaker at the Billy Sunday...

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Submitted by Geordon Rendle

I stood beside him at The Cove a number of years ago while he addressed Hispanic pastors. I was asked to be his "Body Guard" - actually, just to keep folks back and to tell them not to try and touch or hug him as he was frail...

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THE BILLY GRAHAM
LEGACY FUND

We are humbled and honored that before his passing, Dr. Graham selected Youth For Christ as an organization to which those touched by his ministry could donate to help continue the work of Christ in his memory.

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