We are the Bibles the world is reading; We are the creeds the world is needing; We are the sermons the world is heeding. Billy Graham
Today, I have mixed emotions! Today my heart is heavy after learning of the passing of Rev. Billy Graham (at 99-years old). Yet, I am excited to know that heaven has gained another angel.
I had the awesome privilege of serving at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BEGA) after graduating from undergraduate. Currently, it is still one of my most memorable, favorite jobs and time in life. I recall the overwhelming peace I had as I rode into that long, hilly road leading to the entrance. The grounds were so beautiful and well-kept–it was such a serene fortress of hope, love, and joy. If I was having a difficult day, it was quickly dismissed after going into to work at BEGA; it was like transforming into another person–where you were constantly aware of God’s presence. It was one of the easiest places to talk to God.
I remember the day I discovered the running trail…oh the joy my life had found. I would run everyday after work and sometimes walk there on my break. It was during those times where I really felt in tune with God. It was also where I developed my love for long distance running.
The BEGA foyer was stunning, with beautiful, shinny wooden floors, and neatly posted inspiring pictures of Rev. Billy Graham’s crusades.
In fact, working at BEGA strengthen my decision to work in Christian media, work with Christian companies, and sharing the “Good News,” the Gospel, Hope for all mankind:
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Romans 5:8,9
One of my fondest and saddest memories of working at BEGA was day I was accepted into graduate school. It was a fond a memory, because they throw me an awesome going-away party with this huge cake that said :Congratulations on your accomplishment DeMishea.” It was sad, because I knew that was my last day serving with an amazing company, with amazing people, praying and talking with amazing callers.
It was also, during my time at BEGA that I became involved with Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Since 2005 until present day, I still pack OCC Shoeboxes and share the wonderful ministry with churches and organizations that I encounter.
Here is a fond memory from working with OCC:
I received a call from a very excited mother. She wanted to order OCC materials for her daughter’s party. She shared with me her 8-year old daughter’s love for packing OCC shoeboxes–so much that she decided to have an OCC birthday party. I was so intrigued. I asked her what’s an “OCC birthday party?” The mother said, her daughter sent birthday invitations to all her friends, asking them to donate a gift for OCC instead of purchasing one for her. Talking about an “AHA Moment! How sweet and caring of that young girl to think of others during her special day. I was deeply impressed, so I borrowed the idea a few years later for my 25th birthday party 🙂
Rev. Billy Graham, “the world’s best-known evangelist, lived a life serving others, sharing the Gospel, and living for Christ. I thank God for inspirational crusades shared across the world, I thank God for his many books, his legacy, and undying, unwavering love for salvation for all people.
My heart and prayers are with my BEGA family and the Graham family. Thank you Rev. Billy Graham for your countless years of serving others and sharing hope.
Keys2Hope: You only get one life…make sure you use it wisely. Make sure it’s a life worth sharing with others longer after you have passed away. Make sure you add in a little time to serve and care for others. For we do not live this life only for ourselves. We are all here for a reason: 1) to reconcile our relationship with Christ 2) to serve and inspire others 3) to be a testimony of the Christ living in us.
Here are a few pictures from my church’s OCC Wrapping Party.