Franklin Graham is involved in gutsy work for the world's needy

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When I talk to people about the Three Rivers Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham, which starts today, I get asked, “Who is Franklin Graham?” The answer that satisfies most people is “The son of Billy Graham.” But that’s not adequate. He is one of the gutsiest people I have ever met, with a deep concern for those who are hurting and lost. For many years he has been head of Samaritan’s Purse, a global relief and development nonprofit, taking humanitarian aid and the Gospel to the most needy people on Earth. Two of his medical missionaries recently contracted Ebola, while caring for victims.

He visits and surveys any dangerous situation before sending his team in to provide medical aid, food or other assistance in war-torn places such as Lebanon, Rwanda, Bosnia, Angola and Liberia. Franklin Graham has been in crossfire in the Middle East and many other life-threatening situations, but he will not be deterred from helping those in greatest need regardless of their race, belief system or politics.

Many people know him for Operation Christmas Child — a ministry that sends shoe boxes filled with toys, books, treats and the Gospel to some of the poorest children in the world. 

Last year 10 million children in 110 nations received those boxes.

Franklin Graham will speak in the Consol Energy Center this weekend, with musicians including Charlie Daniels, Michael W. Smith, Lecrae and Lacey. It’s free. Come discover for yourself what kind of man he is at the Festival of Hope (

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