City Light News
At a recent Calgary Evangelical Ministerial Association's (CEMA)
luncheon, hosted by Samaritan's Purse, CEMA members and guests
heard what God is doing through the Billy Graham Association (BGEA)
and Samaritan's Purse Canada.
Steve Wile, director of ministry for both the BGEAC and
Samaritan's Purse, cited that between December 2005 and December
2006 over six million people had made commitments to Christ and
that during this time, more people have come to Christ than in any
other year over the past 50 years on record.
Doug Stewart of TV Telephone Ministry for BGEA reported that they
received 71,200 calls last year. People call in for salvation,
recommitment, follow-up and healing.
"The focus is always on salvation; always bring them back to
whether they have accepted the Lord in their life," Stewart
challenged. He cited an example of a woman who had called in
for a free offer and ended up accepting the Lord. Many people call
in because of loneliness and isolation, abuse, and other
"There are so many isolated Christians needing love, caring and
fellowship," said Stewart, who ended his talk by encouraging
interested individuals to volunteer with the BGEA TV Telephone
John Clayton, director of projects for Samaritan's Purse,
finalized the talk by emphasizing that his organization believes in
backing people up. Quoting Bob Pierce, who pioneered both World
Vision and Samaritan's Purse, he said "I'm going to spend my life
backing up the people I find."
"Samaritan's Purse is a field-driven organization which works to
respond to the needs in the field, finding people and coming
alongside them," said Clayton. "This mission field is here in
Canada. Refugees arrive here at our airport and then trickle out
into our community. You do not need to go to Africa to find Africa;
it is right here."
For more information on the work of BGEAC/Samaritan's Purse, or to
become involved through volunteer work, visit
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada