On February 12, Anne Graham Lotz, 69, daughter of world famous evangelist Billy Graham, provided a health update for his devotees ahead of his 100 birthday on November 7, 2018:
He can’t see; he has a hard time seeing because of macular degeneration. He’s fairly deaf, I have to use a microphone and he wears a headset for me to speak to him. He’s not mobile.
Now he’s apparently moved on to the “land of the living”.
Will Graham, the grandson of Billy Graham (whose full name is William Franklin Graham Jr) and the son of Franklin Graham, said in this report:
My grandfather once said, ‘One day you’ll hear that Billy Graham has died. Don’t you believe it. On that day I’ll be more alive than ever before! I’ve just changed addresses’.
My friends, today my grandfather moved from the land of the dead to the land of the living.
We mourn that he is no longer with us physically here on earth, but we don’t grieve as those who have no hope.
My grandfather invested his entire life in sharing the promise of eternity through Jesus Christ, and today he had the opportunity to realize that hope himself, kneeling before his Savior and hearing the words, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’
My family appreciates your prayers now and in the days ahead.
The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man.
By October, Paraclete Press will release Billy Graham: The Man and His Message for Today by Lon Allison, who worked for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for a number of years before becoming a pastor.
Paraclete publisher Jon Sweeney said Allison was the perfect choice for book because he wanted:
A strong evangelical book by someone who was sympathetic to Graham and who would be able to offer something new. This book doesn’t break new ground in biography but it is a retelling from an insider’s perspective.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn