This week, a message by Billy Graham, who is turning 95, will debut online in a program called “The Cross.” This program also features testimonies of people such as Christian rapper Lecrae. Thousands of churches have signed up to be a part of this new program - one out of every 12 churches in America. The program will send DVDs to churches, which includes “The Cross.” The whole series is called “My Hope America.” Individuals who want to be a part of this will be able to order the DVDs online for free, and TV broadcasts are also in the works. These will also be available to be viewed online free of charge.
The idea behind the DVD programs is for individuals to invite friends and neighbors into their homes to watch and discuss. These people are called “Matthews” after one of the disciples of Jesus who invited guests into his home to meet Jesus (Matthew 9:9–10).
From the website:
"Culminating in November 2013, My Hope America is a series of videos designed to clearly present the Gospel with life-changing testimonies & powerful messages from Billy Graham. Share these programs with friends, family, and neighbors today.
"My Hope America with Billy Graham is a nationwide effort to reach people across the United States with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Following a simple biblical model, My Hope America with Billy Graham combines the impact of video programs with the power of personal relationships. Christians across America will open their homes this November to share the Gospel message with friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors using one of several new evangelistic programs featuring life-changing testimonies & powerful messages from Billy Graham."
Want to be a Matthew? See this information also on the website for how to do so:
"Invite your friends and neighbors who don’t know Jesus Christ to your home for a meal or dessert—or gather them at your church or favorite hangout.
Watch Use a TV broadcast, DVD, laptop, or mobile device to show one of several new evangelistic programs featuring life-changing testimonies & powerful messages from Billy Graham.
Share Next, briefly share how Jesus gave you hope and tell what He is doing in your life today.
Ask your friends if they would like to make the same decision you did to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and pray with them."
Why is this program important? Why should individuals host these events with their friends and neighbors? The statistics show to many more people than might be expected are struggling with issues such as depression, fear, anxiety, drugs or alcohol, job loss, and others. Less and less people aren’t only not saved, but don’t know who Jesus is. The idea behind “My Hope for America” is what is known as Relationship Evangelism - sharing with our close friends and neighbors our personal stories, as well as the stories on the DVDs. Each person involved in this effort can make a huge impact in the lives of others.
See the Television Special.