As we move forward in 2022, I’m reminded of what a critical time this is in the life of our nations. So many voices are trying to lead us away from the truth of the Word of God.
It’s vital for God’s people to know His Word and pray diligently for our nations. Let me encourage you to spend time each day this year in Scripture and prayer. There is still hope for Canada and the United States if we seek His face and call out to Him, confessing our sins and asking for His forgiveness.
When Joshua was faced with the daunting task of leading Israel after Moses’ death, the Lord gave him a command and a promise. “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8, ESV). The Lord wants to guide us daily, and as a loving Father, He desires to spend time with us every day. Will you commit to spend time in God’s Word each day in 2022?
Preaching Jesus Christ as Lord
As I write to you, we are preparing for several Evangelism Summits in key cities across the globe. In these gatherings, Bible teachers and leaders will encourage and help equip evangelists, pastors, and lay leaders for the work of evangelism and discipleship.
Will you pray with me for God to be glorified and that many of His workers will be encouraged and strengthened during these events? Evangelism Summits are scheduled for Quito, Ecuador; Düsseldorf, Germany; St. Petersburg, Russia; and several cities in Canada and the United States.
Looking ahead to the future
The Lord has opened many doors for us to “go into all the world and proclaim the gospel” (Mark 16:15, ESV) this year. In May and July, I will preach in four cities in the United Kingdom during the God Loves You Tour—and then later in the year, I will bring that same message to the United States for another tour.
If the Lord allows, I will proclaim the Good News at Festivals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; St. Petersburg, Russia; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and Milan, Italy.
My son Will is getting ready to hold Celebrations in Fredericksburg, Virginia; on two First Nations reservations in South Dakota; in Hobart and Launceston, Tasmania, in Australia; and in communities in Canada’s North. Pray with me that the resurgence of COVID-19 will quickly resolve and that these venues will remain open to us to publicly share the life-changing message of salvation in Jesus Christ.
This is the only hope for a world gripped by fear or set adrift by uncertainty. In the face of the coronavirus, destructive storms, political instability, and economic uneasiness, God’s Word reminds us to “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18, NASB). We are committed to obeying our Master’s Great Commission and making eternal investments in the lives of people around the world.
Thank you for your continued partnership in this ministry of evangelism. Your prayers and gifts are touching lives everywhere, and I praise God for you.
May God bless you,
“God is calling us to step up”
BILLY GRAHAM RAPID RESPONSE TEAM MINISTRY EQUIPPING, SUPPORTING QUEBEC CHRISTIANS
Frank Murphy describes the situation in his province plainly: “Quebec has been under-evangelized for many years. We probably have the lowest ratio of believers compared to the rest of Canada.”
Quebec Christians like Murphy, who is bilingual, and churches often lack resources to proclaim the Gospel, but God is using the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) chaplain ministry to forge new partnerships and equip believers for evangelism.
“God is calling us to step up to reach His people in Quebec,” said Holly Lafont, assistant manager of the BG-RRT.
“Since we’ve begun increasing our Quebec activities, Christians there have eagerly responded with a desire to have a spiritual impact.”
Partners like you are making it possible to hold more chaplain training events in the province. One 2021 session alone led to seven Francophones interested in becoming chaplains.
We are planning more French training courses this year. And those who graduate from the courses will have a French version of our “Steps to Peace With God” booklet to use in all their interactions.
In addition, God has opened doors to establish connections with Séminaire Baptiste Évangélique du Québec—or SEMBEQ—a chaplain group affiliated with the Association of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Quebec. The goal is to grow their emotional and spiritual care skills while connecting more French-speaking Christians with the BG-RRT.
“A lot of people here have been looking for this for a long time,” said Frank Murphy, a BG-RRT chaplain. “I’m thrilled with these initiatives.”
Formerly a disaster response volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse, Frank spent significant time with chaplains at deployments. Over time, he felt God calling him to join the BG-RRT, so he took all the training and is ready to share Christ’s hope with hurting Canadians.
Please pray for these activities, that God would open more doors for the Gospel in Quebec. “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers” (Matthew 9:37–38, ESV).
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