This week, along with his announcement in favor of Chic-fil-A's stance on gay marriage, the Rev. Billy Graham announced from Charlotte that he is planning a My Hope with Billy Graham neighborhood outreach across America next year.
The BGEA has used this approach in foreign countries but not in the U.S.
The program relies on the famous Tupperware party approach - church members volunteer to host a party in their home for their neighbors, they watch a Billy Graham documentary at the party, share testimonies and invite anyone who is ready to receive Christ.
In a letter this week, Graham wrote: "My heart aches for America and its deceived people. The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance. In Jonah’s day, Nineveh was the lone world superpower—wealthy, unconcerned, and self-centered. When the Prophet Jonah finally traveled to Nineveh and proclaimed God’s warning, people heard and repented.
I believe the same thing can happen once again, this time in our nation. It’s something I long for, and my son Franklin recently shared a vision for perhaps the greatest challenge in the history of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association—to launch an outreach called My Hope with Billy Graham that would bring the Gospel into neighborhoods and homes in every corner of America next year."
- Amanda Greene