Christian Action League urges participation
By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
February 13, 2013
Organizers of My Hope with Billy Graham — slated for November and expected to be the largest crusade in the nation’s history — haven’t leased a stadium or coliseum. Instead, the event will take place in living rooms across North America, modeled on Matthew 9:9-10.
“After Jesus told the tax collector, ‘Follow me!’ Matthew wasted no time inviting his friends and colleagues to meet this life-changing Savior,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “This simple action can help spur an incredible spiritual awakening in America. I think most earnest Christians will agree that a critical part of turning our nation around is for people to come to know Christ. In my estimation, ‘My Hope’ is a necessary and indispensable component to that end.”
Christians across the nation are being asked to look around to identify friends, co-workers, family or others who do not know Jesus, to look up by praying daily for these folks, to look out for opportunities to build relationships with them and to look forward to the crusade, inviting them over for dinner or refreshments while they watch the “My Hope with Billy Graham” program.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has offered My Hope projects in 57 countries with more than 10 million people coming to Christ. Already, training sites for pastors and church leaders are being set up across the U.S., including several in North Carolina. Online training will also be offered, so that pastors can take the information and tools back to their congregations and help them prepare for the crusade.
“At the end of the ‘My Hope’ message, Christians who are hosting these invents will, in just a few words, tell how Jesus gave them hope and changed their lives,” said Dr. Creech. “That’s what helps friends come to the a place of decision.”
Dr. Creech urged pastors and faith leaders across the state to connect with BGEA and sign up for training so they can begin to prepare their congregations for the event. Already a training event has been set for March 7 at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh.
“Spread the word in your communities and to other churches in your denomination. There is much to be done between now and November,” he said. “And if your church doesn’t take part as a group, you can always sign up individually and get the resources you need to participate.”
Take Christian Action:
For details about what you and your church can do to participate in the “My Hope with Billy Graham Crusade”, log onto www.myhopewithbillygraham.org.