Rev. Billy Graham, Evangelist (1918–2018) Rev. Billy Graham on Canada / TRIBUTE TO BILLY GRAHAM | Courtesy of Huntley Street TV
Who Was Billy Graham? Born on November 7, 1918, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Billy Graham was preaching at an L.A. revival and was a guest on Stuart Hamblen's radio show in 1949. The publicity made Graham a superstar and he began broadcasting his sermons globally. Though detractors criticized Graham for being too liberal, one Time reporter dubbed him "the Pope of Protestant America." Graham retired in 2005, and later died at his North Carolina home on February 21, 2018, at age 99. Early Life Religious figure and Christian evangelist William Franklin Graham, Jr. was born on November 7, 1918, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to parents William and Morrow Graham. Billy Graham was the first of four children raised on the family's dairy farm in Charlotte. In hindsight there was little indication that Graham would one day preach the Christian gospel to as many as 215 million people in live audiences over 185 countries. Graham has been credited with preaching to more individuals than anyone else in history, not counting the additional millions he has addressed through radio, television and the written word.
Dear Friends, In 1993, a committee of church and mission organization leaders started a movement that would result in an annual missions conference. Churches who banded together for Billy Graham’s crusade, Mission Ontario in 1995 also came together to support MissionFest Toronto in efforts to bring forth: Unity Awareness of the importance of missions Access to opportunities to serve Education and encouragement In 1996, MissionFest Toronto made its debut at a local Toronto church and has since become the largest gathering of its kind in Central Ontario Canada. As the world celebrate and memorializes the life of Billy Graham, we will continue his legacy from the Toronto crusade and the work of this great organization to co-labour together with the Church to accomplish the Great Commission (Mathew 28:19). Although we at MissionFest Toronto appreciate your inquiries regarding our plans for the next conference, we are re-emerging to be more than an annual conference, so stay tuned about some creative initiatives, as we co-labour together with our partners leading up to the conference. We’re very excited about what God is doing with this ministry but in order to bring His vision to fruition we NEED your continued financial support and covet your prayers. To our valued exhibit partners, you can stay connected to our conference attendees by showcasing your ministry cost-effectively on our MissionsPages.com, a valuable global online resource. Please make note of MissionFest Toronto’s new mailing address: 513 – 28 Estate Drive Toronto, ON M1H 2Z1 For more information, please email us at email@example.com or call 905-839-5053. Stay tuned to our website for news and on our Facebook! Thank you and God bless, MissionFest Toronto
MissionFest Toronto Survey Results (March 2016) In March of 2016, MissionFest conducted its first official survey of over 5,000 people who have attended MissionFest between 2007 and 2014. This includes visitors, participants and contributors representing various sectors of society; churches, para-ministries, mission agencies, industry professionals (business), media & arts, government and education. Here is a summary of some of the key findings. Respondents: 528 (11% of survey distribution) Key Highlights & Summary 57% of respondents identified themselves as church leaders and para-ministries leaders 71% said they attended MissionFest multiple times (i.e. 2 or more times over a 7 year period) An opportunity was identified to draw and engage the next generation (youth and students) more to MissionFest The primary reasons (77%) for attending MissionFest has been to be “Inspired” , supporting MFT and networking The main attendees were individuals who are looking for information for themselves More than 50% favoured the annual centralize location and event format and many would like to see additional events throughout the year at multiple locations About one quarter (22%) of respondents said their church “does not have its own missions program”. An opportunity exist to focus on supporting these churches in missions There was very favourable response (72%) with strong interest for online tools and resources for missions Some general feedback include partners would like to be engaged in recommending relevant content and topics for seminars 71% said they attended MissionFest multiple times (i.e. 2 or more times over a 7 year period) The primary reasons (77%) for attending MissionFest has been to be “Inspired” , supporting MFT and networking More than half of the respondents would like to see the following MissionFest hosted activities at their church; MissionFest presenting missions (58%) MissionFest hosting a missions seminar (morning or afternoon session) - (55%) MissionFest hosting a one day event focused on a specific topic (ie. missions training, fund raising, etc.) - (57%) Below are the languages commonly spoken by the respondents who have attended MissionFest. Arabic | Armenian | Cantonese | Chinese | Chinese, Cantonese | Chinese, Mandarin | English | Filipino | French | Hindi | Indonesian | Korean | Malayalam | Mandarin | Mi'Kmaq | Russian | Sinhalese| Spanish | Tagalog | Tamil | Yoruba
Mission Prayer Join us in partnership as we pray for the Great Mission together Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Prayer is a key to ensuring the successful vision and purpose for MissionFest. The calling for every Christian in whatever sphere of influence that God has placed them; be it in the home, workplace, schools, creative arts, government, marketplace, church or in the various destinations of missions is to be fueled and connected through prayer. We desire to establish a team of dedicated individuals that have a heart to intercede on behalf of prayer in Missions. We will be having monthly meetings at various locations to creatively join those interested to learn and pray, worship and pray, hear and pray, and also to partner and pray. At each meeting we will have speakers, worship teams, learn about various mission ministries, how to affect a nation in prayer and encourage each believer to explore how to pray in their own identity and design.. Our new website will have an online prayer request format as well as a specific section for added prayer coverage for those going on short and long-term missions. We believe that God accomplishes His will when His believers begin to partner with Him in prayer and action. We will begin to initiate a link between the many prayer networks that have already been established to see transformation begin to occur for those on various assignments on the mission field of choice. The Nations are waiting for those that are willing to partner with God in this Kingdom work of transformation by kneeling before him in heart and spirit. If you have a need in prayer for your ministry, mission team, business or sphere of influence please contact us so our Mission Prayer network can pray for you. Please Join Us
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