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Family of Billy Graham Asks for Prayers

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Billy Graham’s Family Asks for Prayers Billy Graham’s Family Asks for Prayers
METRO - The family of Evangelist Billy Graham is asking for your prayers tonight.  We’re told the 95-year-old's health is declining.  He was hospitalized briefly, but is now resting comfortably at home.

Reverend Graham's son released a statement today saying his father has had another bout with a respiratory infection.  It is similar to what he had a few weeks ago.

Franklin Graham writes, "He is extremely weak but his vitals are good.  Our family would appreciate your prayers for him that the lord would strengthen him."

Graham began his missionary work in 1944.  He rose to "celebrity" status five years later when he staged revivals around the world, which he called "crusades.”  He also held one right here in Jackson at Veterans Memorial Stadium in the 1970's.

The 95-year-old has been a spiritual adviser to several presidents.  And, he has given a prayer at every presidential inauguration since 1948.

The President of the Southern Baptist Mission Board tells us he met Graham on several occasions.

"My memory goes back to when I was a 10-year-old boy, and he came to Jackson for a crusade early in his ministry in 1952, when I was saved and came to know Jesus Christ as Savior through his preaching,” recalls Jerry Rankin.

Graham's grandson will be in Clinton at the end of March.  He will speak at Mississippi College on the 28th through the 30th.

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