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Fighting for Love

Ten couples arrived last week in Alaska at Samaritan Lodge to kick off the summer season for, Operation Heal Our Patriots. This summer Samaritan Lodge will host one hundred and sixty couples, each with a spouse who has been injured in combat or combat operations after 9/11.

Crossing the River

I recently took a trip to learn more about motherhood in Cambodia—a place where childbirth can mean life or death. Samaritan’s Purse maternal and child health programs are saving lives and providing the support these women desperately need.

Learn more: http://samaritanspurse.org/mothers

Cold Water Challenge

You may have heard rumblings on various social media sites about the popular Cold Water Challenge. But what is it?

The Cold Water Challenge is a spin-off of the Polar Bear Plunge that many take part in during the winter months to raise money for charity.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You are nominated to complete the challenge by someone who has done just that.
  2. You have 24 hours to complete the challenge AND donate a monetary contribution to the charity of choice as defined by the person nominating you.
  3. If you are unable to complete the challenge, you donate a greater amount to the charity the challenger named.
  4. The amount of the donations varies. The most common is $10 if you complete it, $100 if you do not. 
  5. If you complete the challenge, upload the video of you completing it to Facebook or YouTube and nominate additional individuals to take the Challenge.

I was nominated by our family friends Tim & Christie Haas. While visiting my family in the mountains of North Carolina I took the Cold Water Challenge in plunge style with their son, Wes, in honor of Operation Heal Our Patriots, a project of Samaritan’s Purse.

I am nominating my dad and Alison & Bobby Idol and their entire family. You have 24 hours to take the Cold Water Challenge or donate to your favorite military charity. (Dad has promised to take the plunge in Alaska within 24 hours of returning from Western Europe.) And Wes has nominated my brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Kristy Graham.

There have been some reports of people getting injured while taking the Cold Water Challenge by jumping in cold waters they aren’t familiar with. Please be safe in completing the challenge. Do not jump into water that you do not know the depth. Never dive into water you cannot see through.

Delivery Adventures

I t is always an adventure to deliver shoeboxes. This is just one of many ways we deliver your shoeboxes to millions of kids around the world for Operation Christmas Child.

It is not too late to pack a shoebox! Click here for more information.

Here is one of my personal experiences from Guyana.

Franklin Graham’s Famous Pancakes

Every time we are at my parent’s cabin in Alaska we gain about fifteen pounds. About ten of those pounds are due to my dad’s pancakes.  He makes them about every morning and they are hard to turn down.  If you have watched my dad’s cooking video before, then you know his favorite ingredient is butter! So, we have named these buttercakes.

My dad was thrilled to teach my sister-in-law how to make them.  So, I thought I would share with all of you.  Enjoy dad’s tips!

NFL: Amazing Grace

When it comes to the NFL, our minds are often polluted by the stories of players who have fallen from grace.

However, once a year hundreds of NFL players and wives come together for a Christian conference. It is a powerful weekend, where I personally get to see different stories than most people.  I get to see stories of redemption, healing, forgiveness, love and strength. For Corey and I, it is a precious time. The Lord often challenges us to new levels in our marriage and our faith.

My favorite part of the weekend, are the baptisms, where we witness men and women publicly take a stand for their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  After the baptisms, everyone came together to sing Amazing Grace. To me, there is no sweeter sound.

So, the next time you hear of an NFL player who might have fallen from grace, I ask you to pray for them. And pray for the other players who might have the opportunity speak Truth into their lives. And pray that the players who know Jesus will be bold enough to take a stand on their teams and live a life not of the world.

Family Night: Packing Shoeboxes

This week I have been in Charlotte, NC for work. But the best part of traveling to North Carolina once a month is I get to see my family. Last night my brother’s children packed their shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. This week is National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child, and my niece and nephew were very eager to pack their boxes.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, and it is the largest children’s Christmas program of its kind. Each box is hand delivered to children around the world providing toys for Christmas, but most importantly, the gospel of Jesus Christ. Each box is provided with a pamphlet with the Gospel in their own language. It is an exciting project that life changing for children around the world. If you have never been apart, it is simple and a great project for all ages and families. For more information check out Operation Christmas Child.

Simple it is…

1. Take an empty shoebox
2. Fill it with toys/toiletries
3. Drop it off at one of the drop-off locations
4. Pray for your box

My niece, Caroline, and nephew, Roy Austin, pack their shoeboxes.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

I am in Los Angeles this week for my dad’s festival, and today I finally got to check an item off My List, in which I had been waiting to do for a long time.

I finally got to see my grandfather’s star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Yes, that’s right, Billy Graham has a Hollywood star on Hollywood Boulevard. It is so crazy to think that my grandfather actually has a Hollywood star!  Who would have thought a preacher from North Carolina would end up with his very on star on Hollywood Walk of Fame? And it is prime location too. It’s right in front of the Hard Rock Cafe. This was seriously such an amazing experience. It will be a day I’ll never forget.

The Lord Is Not Done With Liberia

Here are my reflections from my last day in Liberia. Be sure to be apart of our Liberia Festival Webcast tonight at 7:30 and watch Liberia be restored with the HOPE of Jesus Christ.

I just want to say thank you to my AMAZING team. They are the ones who have made it possible for me to share the story of Liberia. Thanks to Joni Byker, Bev Kauffeldt, Hope Blaylock, Ryan Smith, and Matt Powell.