Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
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The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) is a non-profit Christian outreach organization.
The BGEA has a variety of aims including internet evangelism, the Decision America Tour, The Billy Graham Channel on SiriusXM, "crusade-style" events in cities around the world, disaster response through the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, television broadcasts, podcasts and audio programs, Decision magazine, and evangelism training. The BGEA also includes the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove in Asheville, North Carolina and the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In August 2018, six months after Graham's death, the BGEA partnered with Sirius XM Holdings to create a permanent Billy Graham Channel featuring Graham's past sermons. The organization was originally known for its radio program, The Hour of Decision, which was first broadcast in 1950 and continued for more than 60 years.
Franklin Graham, the oldest son of Billy and Ruth Graham, is the president and CEO of the BGEA. In 2018, Franklin Graham took his Decision America Tour to 17 cities in Washington, Oregon, and California. Franklin Graham visited all 50 state capitals in a 2016 tour which over 230,000 people attended, according to the BGEA.
Several times a year, Franklin Graham and his oldest son, Will Graham, preach at evangelistic crusade events in different parts of the world.The events are modeled after the crusades Billy Graham was known for holding, many of which were broadcast on national television.
The BGEA's internet evangelism ministry, Search for Jesus, was launched in 2011. The outreach is aimed at sharing the Christian Gospel with people around the world through websites in multiple languages. More than 50 million people have visited the websites since 2011, according to the BGEA.
The organization produces a television special each month, which is broadcast on TV stations across the United States and posted online. The organization also publishes Decision magazine monthly.
The BGEA began an international evangelism project in 2002 called My Hope, in which Christians invite friends, neighbors and relatives to their homes to watch a national telecast featuring Billy or Franklin Graham, translated into their language. BGEA claims that the project saw more than 9.8 million people "make decisions for Christ."
BGEA's Charlotte headquarters is the site of the Billy Graham Library, which was formally dedicated on May 31, 2007, with former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton in attendance. Former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and sitting President Donald Trump visited the Billy Graham Library to pay their respects following Billy Graham's death.
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