What a fine tribute to an amazing man. Let’s start with a little history of this incredible individual who served 11 presidents and gave more than 60 years to God and the world.
Billy Graham was raised on a dairy farm of 80 acres with 60 milking cows. The Graham Brothers Dairy was key to Billy’s life. Stop and see his boyhood home as the first part of the visit. While his mom redecorated in 1962 and Billy never lived in the redecorated home it is a lovely home to see.
From here stop and see the graves of Billy and Ruth in the Memorial Prayer Garden. Then enter the actual museum where you are greeted by…..
After leaving our Holstein cow there is a movie about Billy’s life and several rooms filled with memorabilia from his career. Billy met his wife Ruth in Wheaton College. She was the daughter of medical missionaries who lived in China.
A picture of Ruth and Billy along with a replica of their home. The translation of the saying over the fireplace is, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”
When Billy graduated from college he ministered at one church, then was called to a revival meeting. His message was so strong that his 3 week engagement lasted 8 weeks. From here his career began in radio and before long he was ministering to the world.
While Ruth stayed at home raising 5 children she was able to travel with Billy at times. Billy often said she was the finest Christian he had ever known. Both now have left us but their children remain active in ministry with their focus outreach to those in tragedy.
Franklin Graham is having a Decision America tour in North Carolina. Here are the following dates and cities:
- October 1 Fayetteville
- October 2 Greenville
- October 5 Wilmington
- October 6 Raleigh
- October 9 Greensboro
- October 10 Hickory
- October 12 Charlotte
- October 13 Asheville
Billy’s legacy lives on through his children.