Author(s): Catherine MacKenzie
Billy Graham was born on a dairy farm in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1918 just days after the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. At the age of 16, Graham came to Christ during a Christian revival meeting and it wasn't long before he felt the call to preach.
With the help of his wife, Ruth, and many other friends and colleagues, Billy Graham set out to preach to the world. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association was founded and since that day, Graham preached to more than 80 million people in more than 185 countries. Millions more have been reached through television, video, film and webcasts. He founded newspapers, film companies, magazines, and radio ministries.
Communism and apartheid, segregation and terrorism - Billy Graham faced up to all of Christianity's major opponents in the 20th century. From paying the bail money to get Martin Luther King, Jr. out of jail to addressing the memorial service in Washington after the collapse of the World Trade Center, Billy Graham was there for people with practical help and the timeless message of hope that he believed could only be found in Jesus Christ.
Catherine Mackenzie has written several biographies for young teens in the Trailblazers series as well as other titles for younger children. She lives in Scotland and has several nieces and nephews - a perfect practice audience!