“Billy Graham was an iconic figure in world history and people know this name. We also want them to also know the name that precedes each name mentioned by Billy Graham, the name of Jesus. "
Billy Graham, the “pastor of America,” passed away a year ago. During his life, he has rubbed shoulders with presidents, traveled the world, preached to hundreds of millions of people, he was voted "the most admired person in the world" dozens of times, and even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And through all his years, he kept one goal: to announce the message of the Gospel.
“I have a message: Jesus Christ came, he died on a cross, he rose again and he asked us to repent of our sins and to receive him by faith as Lord and Savior, and if we do, we get forgiveness of all our sins. "
Even today, the museum Billy Graham Center, successfully pursues this goal, within the very grounds of Wheaton College where he was educated. Ed Stetzer is the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center:
“Billy Graham is Wheaton College's most famous graduate. Billy and Ruth were students here, met here and got married there. Having the Billy Graham Center on campus is a visible and spiritual reminder to our students that we value Jesus here. Billy Graham made a big deal of Jesus here. We want them to think highly of Jesus when they leave this place. "
The museum welcomes nearly 40 visitors each year. It has been open since 000, and traces the history of evangelism and its influence on American society. For Billy Graham, this museum is the link between the past, the present and the future.
“This museum will remind us of the past, so that we can learn from those who came before. It'll make us rejoice in the present, to see what God is doing today. And that will challenge us for the future, to know Christ and make him known to the ends of the earth. "
Ed stetzer pursues this goal, running this museum as if it were Billy's new “crusade”.
“The point is really to point people to Jesus. […] People come to Christ here. […] People are interested and it is interesting to know how many non-Christians are coming. Billy Graham was an iconic figure in world history and people know the name. We also want them to also know the name that precedes each name mentioned by Billy Graham, the name of Jesus. We actually continue to see, in a sense, this museum as a crusade. "
The museum offers a guest book, for people who want to take a first step towards Jesus. A mother wrote for her daughter:
“Michelle is only 4 years old. But she insisted that I fill out this form. "
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