Billy Graham's Special Ties to China

By CCD Editorial Staff, February 23, 2018 02:02 AM

Will Graham's third visit to China(BGEA)

Billy Graham was received by Bishop Ding Guangxun (Bishop K.H.Ting), president and chairman emeritus of CCC&TSPM, in 1988. (Provided by Huai'an Church )

In 1988, Ruth Bell Graham met her childhood friend in Huai'an where she was born to the Bells. (Provided by Huai'an Church)

The mayor of Huai‘an sent a painting to the Grahams in 1988.(Provided by Huai'an Church)

Billy and Ruth Graham visited Ruth's birthplace in Huaiyin, 1988.(Provided by Huai'an Church )

The Grahams met Zhu Rongji, China's vice premier at that time, in Beijing,1988.(Provided by Huai'an Church )

Billy Graham and his father-in-law, Dr. Lemuel Nelson Bell who was a medical missionary in China(Provided by Huai'an Church )

Billy Graham preached in Shanghai Moore Memorial Church (Muen Church), 1988. (Provided by Huai'an Church )

The tombstone of Dr. Nelson Bell in Huai'an (Provided by Huai'an Church )

Billy and Ruth Graham prayed with Huai'an believers, 1988. (Provided by Huai'an Church )

Prime Minister Li Peng met the Grahams in 1988. (Provided by Huai'an Church )

Billy Graham talked with Chinese President Jiang Zemin who was visiting the United States in Los Angeles in 1997. (Provided by Huai'an Church )

Billy Graham delivered a sermon in Beijing Chongwenmen Church, 1988. ("Voice of Friendship" Magazine )

Evangelist Billy Graham, born in November 1918, died on February 21, 2018, aged 99. He founded Billy Graham Evangelistic Association(BGEA) in 1950 and preached to 215 million people from 180 countries. 

Billy Graham had been in China several times. Besides, his wife Ruth Bell Graham was born in Huaian, Jiangsu Province, China, and spent her first 17 years there. His father-in-law Lemuel Nelson Bell was a missionary in China and named his name "Aihua" (which means loving China). He visited China the first time in 1988 and again in 1994, saying that he would "pray for China's future and bless Chinese". He also gave crusades in Hong Kong in 1975 and 1990. His son Franklin Graham and grandsons Will and Roy Graham have been to China, too.

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