Record Year for Evangelism

City Light News
June 2007
Verna Crowther

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 problems.

"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 Ministry.

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

BBB Festival of Hope My Hope with Billy Graham

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada

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