Walk good, Billy Graham

Friday, February 23, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Rev Dr Billy Graham, one of the world's most famous and highly respected evangelists, died at his homes in Montreat, North Carolina, USA, at age 99.

Billy Graham, in a ministering career of some 60 years (1947-2005), known as the Billy Graham Crusades, travelled all over the world preaching to hundreds of millions of people resulting in millions accepting Jesus Christ through his ministry.

His popular radio programme, The Hour of Decision with Billy Graham, was started in 1950, and it was heard on many radio stations, including Radio Jamaica ( RJR) — every Sunday morning at 7:30 am.

Graham was known to be one of the most influential preachers of the 20th century. He was called “The Presidents' Preacher”. He was an adviser, counsellor and friend to many US presidents and people of high rank, including the late Margaret Thatcher of Britain; Queen Elizabeth II; and many others. The late, great boxing champion, Muhammad Ali, paid him a visit at his home too.

Two of Billy's best friends were gospel singer the late George Beverly Shea, who died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at age 104; and director of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Cliff Barrows, who died, November 15, 2016, at age 93.

Billy Graham had five children — three daughters and two sons — with his one and only wife Ruth, who died in June 14, 2007, at age 87, a few days after her 87th birthday.

Graham has lived to a good, old age. He had done a good job for his Master. We thank God for such a great servant. And, as Jamaica's great journalist, the long-standing Fae Ellington, would say, “Walk good, Miss Lou,” we say the same thing to this stalwart: Walk good, Billy Graham. Rest in perfect peace.

Donald J McKoy





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