Internet Evangelism: Searching for Answers--In the Next Billy Graham TV Special
“Why am I here?” Internet Evangelism initiative answers users’ difficult questions online
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 3, 2011 – What happens when I die? Why am I here? What is my purpose in life? People are searching for answers to these questions and many others on the Internet every day. In the next Billy Graham television special, airing on Christian networks and online beginning Oct. 3, viewers discover how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) is using a new online tool to provide answers to desperate questions.
“Wherever you go in the world today people are connected,” points out Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the BGEA. “This is a brand new opportunity we’ve got to evangelize people in other countries around the world. This is what it’s all about – evangelism; taking a person to the Lord, Jesus Christ, introducing them to Christ.”
When people use Internet search engines, they are given expansive results based on the words or phrases they enter in their query. Using search engine marketing strategies and corresponding relevant web content, BGEA is helping to provide Biblical answers to the spiritual needs people are expressing online.
That’s exactly what happened when Lee Ball was looking for answers one day at work. Tired of living a live without meaning, Ball was taken through a series of links that led him to PeacewithGod.net. “There was a time in my life when I’d get off work and crawl into a bottle – that was my escape. I went to PeacewithGod[.net] and it was basically step-by-step. It was kind of like someone clicked on a light. Now I have prayer.”
Through PeacewithGod.net, users gain easy access to the Truth and real answers to their tough questions. E-counselors will soon be available around-the-clock to chat with inquirers. Other tools that the site will provide include real-life stories, access to an online discipleship course and a network connecting visitors to local churches.
BGEA is committed to sharing the Gospel through every means possible. Preston Parrish, Executive Vice President of Ministry at BGEA said, “What motivates us is that opportunity to connect with that woman – that man, that boy, that girl – wherever they may be in the world and let them know that God knows them. God cares about them and wants to change their heart and their life forever.”
Through the years, Billy Graham and Franklin Graham have used crusades, radio, books, television and online tools to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Internet Evangelism is a tool that allows the ministry to continue reaching people around the world. “Millions of people are spending time online at any given time all the way around the world. This is a great – tremendous – opportunity to reach those that need to hear about the Gospel,” says John Cass, director of BGEA’s Internet Evangelism initiative.
To learn more about Internet Evangelism or to watch the program online, visit www.billygraham.tv.
About the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) proclaims the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the world by every effective means available. From its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., BGEA directs a wide range of domestic and international ministries, including: large-scale festivals led by evangelists Franklin Graham and Will Graham; Dare to Be a Daniel, a youth evangelism training project; My Hope World Evangelism Through Television; the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team of crisis-trained chaplains; and many others through print, television, telephone, radio and the Internet. For more information, please visit www.billygraham.org. Get news updates on Twitter at Twitter.com/BGEAMediaPR.