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As the world watched as 95-year-old Billy Graham's health dipped last year, church and community leader in the Clinton/Jackson area were already working with Will.

FAITH IN FOCUS: One-on-One with Will Graham During Clinton Celebration

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For Will Graham, grandson of Evangelist Billy Graham, the answer is simple: it is his family who have kept him grounded and it is God's word that he's used for guidance. For Will Graham, grandson of Evangelist Billy Graham, the answer is simple: it is his family who have kept him grounded and it is God's word that he's used for guidance.
"They want to see their friends come to know Christ here in their community and so they've invited BGA - The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association - and me to come and just help them in this endeavor," Graham said. "They want to see their friends come to know Christ here in their community and so they've invited BGA - The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association - and me to come and just help them in this endeavor," Graham said.
More than 10,000 people would attend the free events, according to figures from event coordinators. But Graham said even if the celebration was an unattended failure - which it wasn't - organizers in the community typically see benefits in the process. More than 10,000 people would attend the free events, according to figures from event coordinators. But Graham said even if the celebration was an unattended failure - which it wasn't - organizers in the community typically see benefits in the process.
"We've done quite a few international ones. This is our first one state-side in about two years," Graham said in an interview with NEWS CHANNEL 12 during his final day in Clinton. "We've done quite a few international ones. This is our first one state-side in about two years," Graham said in an interview with NEWS CHANNEL 12 during his final day in Clinton.
As the world watched as 95-year-old Billy Graham's health dipped last year, church and community leader in the Clinton/Jackson area were already working with Will. As the world watched as 95-year-old Billy Graham's health dipped last year, church and community leader in the Clinton/Jackson area were already working with Will.
Imagine your grandfather is one of the most - if not the most - iconic evangelist in the world.

Now imagine you decide that you also want to be a preacher.

What would keep you from living off that established name? Or from getting cocky?

For Will Graham, grandson of Evangelist Billy Graham, the answer is simple: it is his family who have kept him grounded and it is God's word that he's used for guidance.

So how do these personal messages apply on a grand-scale with thousands of people visiting his three-day celebration Clinton? He's putting FAITH IN FOCUS.

Click here to watch last week's FAITH IN FOCUS: Prayer Rally Welcomes Will Graham to Clinton

Dozens of people come forward at A.E. Wood Coliseum on-campus at Mississippi College. They say they are giving their lives up to Christ.

They did so at the Will Graham Celebration which - in the U.S. - is truly rare.

"We've done quite a few international ones. This is our first one state-side in about two years," Graham said in an interview with NEWS CHANNEL 12 during his final day in Clinton.

The celebration, however, has been long been in the making, Graham said.

As the world watched as 95-year-old Billy Graham's health dipped last year, church and community leader in the Clinton/Jackson area were already working with Will.

"They want to see their friends come to know Christ here in their community and so they've invited BGA - The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association - and me to come and just help them in this endeavor," Graham said.

More than 10,000 people would attend the free events, according to figures from event coordinators. But Graham said even if the celebration was an unattended failure - which it wasn't - organizers in the community typically see benefits in the process.

"They've seen the churches work together like they've never seen in a long time. To come together for one purpose and it's all different denominations, all types of churches - some as far as an hours drive away," Graham said.

"Also there are people who have been trained in Evangelism. So now these people and their churches have been trained to share their faith so long after I'm gone or the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is gone they're still able to share their faith and that's one of the things they appreciate as well," Graham said.

Upcoming celebrations on Will Graham's calendar include visits to Australia and Papua New Guinea. This year he has already visited Sri Lanka and Japan.

If you'd like the viewers of NEWS CHANNEL 12 to learn about your church community contact Jacob Kittilstad at jkittilstad@wjtv.com or 601-664-8839.
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