Recently, in talking with a teenager who had never heard of Billy Graham. I assured the teen that in the next few years Billy Graham would die, and that his passing would be a huge news story because Graham was rivaled only by a few popes and Martin Luther King as the most influential religious figure of the last century. (Graham once said one of the greatest regrets of his life was not having King stand with him on a crusade platform. The men were friends, but both were afraid the controversy caused by appearing together would distract from their messages.)
famous command to his papers to "Puff Graham.").
the Cove which receives calls from viewers who have listened to one of Graham's televised crusade messages and, as a result, desire to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.)
Ruth, died in 2007, but his children, especially Anne and Franklin, carry on his ministry. We heard from volunteers and staff at the Cove that Billy Graham (at age 97) is losing his hearing and sight, but his mind is still sharp. He still continues the policy he began at the beginning of his ministry of never being alone with a woman other than his wife or daughters. Two nurses are always in attendance.
Billy Graham Library is in Charlotte, NC. It's open Monday through Saturday, 9:30-5:00
Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove is in Asheville, NC. It's a retreat center with a variety of classes and seminars available, mostly on weekends. Chatios Memorial Chapel, which also has historical information about Billy Graham's ministry, is open to visitors Monday through Friday from 9:00 - 5:00 (the last tour starts at 4:00 pm) with shorter hours on Saturdays.
*At least that's the impression we got from Bessie here: