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Spreading Billy Graham’s Legacy Online

by | Fri, Aug 12 2022

More than 100 million people worldwide have been confronted with the Gospel through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) internet evangelism ministry.

The Search For Jesus ministry was launched 10-years ago as a way to reach people with the Gospel online.

Internet users receive a gospel presentation and are matched with one of 1,400 trained volunteers who answer questions and chat with them.

Christian Headlines reports the ministry helps new Christians grow in their faith, offering “digital discipleship courses” for new believers and a church locator tool to help them find a local congregation.

The service is offered in seven languages: English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and American Sign Language.

Over its first decade, three million people have indicated a decision for Christ and received follow-up.

BGEA Director of Internet Evangelism Mark Appleton said the ministry was following Billy Graham’s legacy of spreading the Gospel across the globe using every opportunity it gets.

“The average person spends nearly seven hours a day on the internet, so we want to meet these people where they are. Search for Jesus has given us the chance to spread the Gospel like never before,” he said.

Mr Appleton explained that each visit to the website has significance.

“We started building this ministry one step at a time, taking steps of obedience and faith in God. These people aren’t just numbers, but real, hurting men and women who finally found hope.”

The Search for Jesus website says: “Through this online ministry, our mission field is expanding to reach people we might never reach in person.”