It’s estimated as many as 2.2 billion people heard Billy Graham preach over the decades – firstly on radio, then television and later online evangelism. Reports also that 2.2 million people made decisions for Christ at his crusades held across the world.
“He dominated 20th Century American evangelism,”
wrote Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “He remained a major figure on the world stage in a way that we can envision no evangelical leader in our times.”
Billy Graham appeared on Gallup’s list of the top 10 most-admired men in America longer than anyone else, a record-setting 61 years in a row.
He also served as a spiritual adviser to US presidents throughout most of those decades and gave hope and guidance to generations of Christians in America and abroad.
News outlets in Brazil, home to the largest evangelical population in Latin America, posted his obituary.
Musicians, celebrities and athletes have also paid tribute, among them NFL player Tim Tebow who tweeted, “ “God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, “I love you.”
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) February 21, 2018
Billy Graham’s legendary career began taking shape at age 16, when the Presbyterian-reared farm boy committed himself to Christ at a tent revival around Charlotte, North Carolina.
By his final crusade in 2005 in New York City, ‘America’s pastor’ had preached in person to more than 210 million people worldwide.