Category Archives: Evangelism
New Film from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s ‘My Hope’ Ministry Launched Online Sept. 1
“Decisions” film available as a free evangelism tool for churches, individuals and organizations
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 1, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Over the last 12 years, millions around the world have heard the Gospel through My Hope, a ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. My Hope is set to launch an all-new 30-minute program entitled “Decisions” which will be accessible-free of charge-anywhere via television broadcast, internet streaming and DVD.
“Decisions” features a Gospel message from Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and looks at the lives of people of different ages and backgrounds who have heard the Gospel through Graham’s 2016 Decision America Tour and made life-changing decisions to follow Christ.
“I’ve been talking to people about the importance of decisions. I see thousands of people faced with a choice… and I want [them] to know the truth,” said Franklin Graham. “Any time you have a crowd of people, I can guarantee there will be somebody in that crowd that doesn’t know Jesus Christ. So, every time I’m at the microphone I’m going to give the Gospel.”
Through the Decision America Tour, Franklin Graham is holding prayer rallies in each state capital encouraging Christians to vote, to live out their faith in every part of their lives, and to pray for our nation. As the tour travels to all 50 states in 2016, Graham is presenting the simple truth of the Gospel-the hope found through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
“Decisions,” the 2016 installment of the evangelistic films available from My Hope, follows in succession of previous films: “Value of a Soul” (2015); “Heaven” (2014); and “The Cross” (2013). Beginning Sept. 1, churches and individuals will be able to download the full program or view it at that time at www.MyHopewithBillyGraham.org. A free DVD version of “Decisions,” including “A Time for Decision: Pray, Vote, Engage,” a special 30-minute program that goes behind the scenes of the Decision America Tour, will also be available. Pre-orders are now being taken with shipment expected in early fall.
“Decisions,” will also be shown as the Billy Graham television special airing on local and Christian networks beginning Oct. 10. Check local listings for airings in your area.
“We are very happy to offer this resource to the church which will powerfully present the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Steve Rhoads, vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, who is responsible for My Hope globally. “The church in the United States has a unique opportunity at this moment to proclaim Jesus, who offers hope and redemption to a lost world. We pray that the good news will be preached and that God will bring a revival to His people.”
For more information on My Hope, including tips on how the available free resources can be used, visit www.MyHopewithBillyGraham.org. You can participate by pre-ordering your free copy of “Decisions” and beginning to pray and prepare for an event in your community.
About My Hope
Beginning in 2002, My Hope has been implemented in 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East. More than 305,000 churches and 4 million individuals have participated, and more than 10 million salvation and rededication decisions for Jesus Christ have been recorded. My Hope was first implemented in United States in 2013, and has since resulted in more than 200,000 decisions for Christ.
This year, My Hope field representatives across the nation have been meeting and encouraging local pastors in their efforts to reach people with the Gospel. In addition to last year’s film titled “Value of a Soul,” churches continue to use other films like “Heaven,” “Defining Moments,” and “The Cross,” which collectively have seen nearly 2.25 million views on YouTube and more than 1 million copies distributed on DVD.
Meanwhile, a new film called “The Worth of a Soul” will release this fall in the UK in conjunction with My Hope UK.
PASADENA, Calif., June 8, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Legendary American singer, composer and actor Pat Boone recently endorsed The Ark of Noah Foundation (www.youtube.com/watch?v=EexrhRLKkZs) encouraging viewers to join him in supporting the life-size Ark of Noah replica, which is preparing to take sail across the Atlantic. The 2,500-ton ark is larger than a football field and stands 410 feet long, 95 feet wide, and 75 feet tall. It can carry more than 5,000 people at a time.
“My friends at the Ark of Noah Foundation plan to bring a life-size Biblical replica of Noah’s Ark from the Netherlands to the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil,” said Boone. “From there, it will go through South America, Central America and then the United States.”
Transportation of the Ark of Noah from The Netherlands to Brazil, is 5,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, will be a massive undertaking that will be streamed live on the Internet. According to Boone, the vessel will be docked in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will bring real hope to a country and world in need.
“The proceeds from the Ark will be used to build Hope Centers in the underprivileged areas of Brazil,” said Boone. “These hope centers will provide food, education, as well as the Gospel for the unreachable children and families.”
Boone ended the video encouraging viewers to go to www.donate.arkofnoah.org and join him in supporting the Ark of Noah Foundation.
The profit foundation is a 501c3 charity based out of Pasadena, CA and is raising money to fund the trip, which will eventually end in the United States.
The Ark has been getting worldwide attention as it prepares to take sail. Dutch carpenter Johan Huibers built the Ark of Noah four years ago as a religious attraction and now has partnered with The Ark of Noah Foundation, www.ArkofNoah.org.
Hundreds of thousands have already visited the Ark of Noah in The Netherlands to see the Biblical reconstruction and hear the story of Noah and the great flood. To be in line with the Biblical story, the ark includes artificial replicas of animals paired two-by-two as described in Genesis.
For more information, photos and video on the Ark of Noah, visit arkofnoah.org/media.
I hope you enjoy the latest episode of my friend Frank Shelton’s show ByFaith. He describes this one as follows, “Frank Shelton shares about prayer, perseverance and promises of God. In this episode he notes, “God is never in a hurry but ALWAYS on time.” Special Guest is Matt Gaines, Director of Southern Maryland Christian Academy. They trusted God for 30 years for a gymnasium for their school and the Lord provided! This show will encourage you to know that God is good and can be trusted. Visit http://www.FrankShelton.com”
Watch it and be blessed right now !
Aiming to Make History: First Pastor-Led Indianapolis 500 Racing Team Inching Their Way to the Big Race
Kingdom Racing based in Katy near me is participating in the entire IndyCar season including the Indianapolis 500. This new team will make two Christian teams at that historic race this year. My prayers go out for the success of both efforts being made in Christ’s name. To HIM be the glory !-Pastor Crutchfield
Marotti Racing, Based in Connecticut and Led by Pastor Will Marotti, is Working its Way to this Year’s Indy 500 and is Seeking Prayer from Christians Nationwide
WALLINGFORD, Conn., Feb. 12, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — On May 29th, 2016, the 100th Indianapolis 500 Race will take place in Indiana with a high probability that for the first time ever in the history of the race a Pastor-led racing team will be in the starting lineup.
Marotti Racing, based in Wallingford, CT, is raising sponsors and prayer support in their effort to be the first Pastor-led Christian racing team to participate in the famous Indianapolis 500. Will Marotti is Senior Pastor of New Life Church in Wallingford, CT, a congregation of 1200 members that sits on a 56 acre campus that includes a daycare, a private school, a summer day camp, and various community-based programs.
“There has never been an Indy racing team led by a minister,” says Marotti. “It may seem unusual that a pastor would lead a racing team, but I have been a racing fan since I was a young boy and it’s a prime missionary field. My father took us to watch races at the Silver City Quarter Midget Track in South Meriden (where Daytona 500 Champion Joey Lagano raced as a boy). And I listened to my first Indy 500 live, on the radio in 1969, the year Mario Andretti won. I attended the Skip Barber Racing School in 1979 and I attended my first 500 in 1982. The moment I walked into the speedway I totally fell in love with Indy Car racing and have been ever since. Now, as a pastor, I see the race as a place to reach out with the Gospel as well – and that is what my team is praying we can do!”
Marotti Racing is positioning to enter, compete in and win the 100th Indy 500. They are teaming up with Bryan Herta Autosport for racing operations. Bryan Herta Autosport is a well-respected leader in Indy Car racing. They won the 2011 Indy 500 with driver Dan Weldon. And in 2015’s Indy 500 race, Bryan Herta Autosport driver, Gabby Chaves, won the 2015 Indy and Verizon Series Rookie of the Year Awards.
It’s been fifty years (1966) since a rookie Indy 500 car owner (John Mecom, Jr.) and a rookie Indy 500 driver (Graham Hill) won the race. Marotti feels it’s time once again for rookie’s to repeat that historic win of 1966.
According to Marotti, “Indy has historically been a place of new beginnings for grassroots teams. We want to bring back that raw, innovative spirit and help make the fan experience be the very best it can. After all, without the fans, none of us would even have the chance to race.”
As much as Marotti loves auto racing, he’s a pastor at heart, and wants to reach all those involved with the Indianapolis 500 with the Gospel. And he is asking that Christians throughout the nation sign up to be prayer warriors by going to their website at www.marottiracing.com. Besides prayer, Marotti said there is still a need for sponsors as well.
“We are looking for sponsors who are not just interested in getting the car team into the race but to also get countless millions to hear the Gospel,” said Marotti.
Not only is Marotti racing seeking sponsors,social media followers, and prayer warriors, but they are also “paying it forward” with actively raising funds through their Indy 500 project for Fisher House Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes provide free temporary lodging so families can be close to their loved ones during a medical crisis. Since inception, the program has saved military and Veterans’ families an estimated $320 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Marotti states, “Since 1990 Fisher House has been one of the most transparent and truly helpful charities for our veterans. The Indy 500 is held on Memorial Day Weekend, and what better time or better way to honor those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice, then by caring for their needs.”
The Indianapolis 500 is the largest single day sporting event in the world with more than 300,000 people in attendance; a television viewership of 7 million; and a radio listenership of 3 million.
For those interested in supporting or praying for this race team, they can go to www.marottiracing.com.
MEDIA NOTE: Marotti Racing owner, Will Marotti, is available for interviews. Please contact Melinda Kay Ronn at 917-743-7836 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule.
About Fisher House
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, and in Europe, close to the medical center or hospital it serves. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $282 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans. www.fisherhouse.org
HOUSTON, Jan. 21, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Kingdom Racing – DRR announced today their entrant to compete in the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 29, 2016. Kingdom Racing will once again partner with Dreyer & Reinbold with Gas Monkey Garage as the primary sponsor for the No.24 car piloted by Sage Karam.
This will mark Kingdom Racing’s ninth year competing at the Indianapolis 500. “Again teaming up with the Dreyer & Reinbold team and Sage is a great combination for Kingdom Racing,” said Kingdom Racing’s founder George Del Canto, whose team first entered the Indy 500 in 2008. “We are here for a Higher Purpose, but we’re also here to win the 500. We believe that with Dennis and Sage we can run the 500 to win it. We can’t wait to see the Gas Monkey Garage Special car on the track in May.” This will also mark the fifth year that Kingdom Racing and Dreyer & Reinbold team up for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
This season, Kingdom Racing plans to host multiple ministry events, festivals and appearances throughout the United States. Kingdom Racing will continue to reach thousands of people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Trackside Fan Festivals, Infield Ambassadors, Miles of Smiles ministries, and other events in partnership with churches and ministries.
About Kingdom Racing:
Kingdom Racing’s mission is to Deliver God’s Word Through Motorsports. Their unique approach combines racing and ministry outreach with the goal of reaching one million men for Jesus Christ. For more information, visit www.KingdomRacing.net or join their social media fan communities at ‘KingdomRacing’ on Facebook and Twitter.
About Gas Monkey Garage:
In 2002, Richard Rawlings launched Gas Monkey Garage. The Garage created and transported automobiles for customers worldwide. Since 2012, the facility has been the focus of the Discovery Channel series Fast N’ Loud. In 2016, Gas Monkey Garage will serve as the primary sponsor for the Kingdom Racing – DRR No.24 entrant piloted by Sage Karam.
About Sage Karam:
Karam, 20, is one of the top young open-wheel drivers in the world after an impressive teenage career with championships in Firestone Indy Lights and US Formula 2000. The Nazareth, Pa., former high school wrestling star made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the 2014 Indy 500 for Kingdom Racing –DRR with a sensational drive from 31st to ninth. Karam won the “Hard Charger” award for his stellar performance as well as he and his crew placing second in the Indy 500 Pit Crew Championship. Karam returns to the Indianapolis 500 for his third appearance in the world’s biggest auto race with Kingdom Racing –DRR in the No. 24 Gas Monkey Garage Special.
About Dreyer & Reinbold Racing:
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing was founded in 2000 by Indianapolis car dealer Dennis Reinbold. The legacy of the Dreyer and Reinbold family dates back to the 1920s with Reinbold’s grandfather, the legendary Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, a former factory motorcycle racer. Dreyer served as a crewman and mechanic on the famed Duesenberg driven by Benny Shoaff and Babe Stapp in the 1927 Indy 500. Dreyer went on to build Indy 500 cars in the 1930s of which many started on the front row. In addition, Dreyer constructed championship-winning sprint cars and midgets as well as quarter midgets called Dreyerettes. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing captured its first win in 2000 with driver Robbie Buhl at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla., and has fielded a variety of drivers including Buhl, Buddy Lazier, Sarah Fisher, Buddy Rice, Ryan Briscoe, Al Unser Jr., Townsend Bell and Sage Karam.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — The quality of life for hundreds of children in Zimbabwe is about to improve thanks to a new partnership agreement between Prison Fellowship International (PFI) and Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe. After a year of preparation, PFI’s Children of Prisoners Program launched in Zimbabwe on September 19 with the enrollment of the first 50 children.
There are 12.4 million children outside of the U.S. who have lost one or both parents to imprisonment. Many struggle to live a normal, safe, healthy life while their parent—often the family’s breadwinner—is behind bars. Over 1 million of these children live in particularly horrific circumstances—forced to beg for food, or drop out of school to work in dangerous conditions. They are stigmatized and discriminated against for being associated with a criminal.
PFI’s Children of Prisoners Program works in partnership with Prison Fellowship affiliates around the world to rescue, restore, and rebuild the lives of poor and vulnerable children of prisoners. The program ensures children have safe housing and protection from exploitation, and abuse, as well as proper nutrition, medical care, access to education, and the opportunity to develop emotional and spiritual strength.
Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe Executive Director Peter Mandianike is excited for the opportunity to care for this often forgotten margin of society. “Many deal with those in prison,” he says. “But no one thinks of what happens to the family left outside.”
The Children of Prisoners Program currently serves over 4,000 children throughout Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Over the next three years, Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe plans to care for 1,000 children. And through partnering affiliates like Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe in other countries, Prison Fellowship International is on track to care for 20,000 children of prisoners by 2020.
CEO Frank Lofaro says, “As a father, I often think, ‘What if these were my children?’ I’m blessed to be a part of helping these precious children is such a significant way.”
About Prison Fellowship International: Founded in 1979 by Charles Colson, Prison Fellowship International is dedicated to helping alleviate the suffering of prisoners and their families, and advance restorative justice in more than 125 countries. For more information, visit pfi.org.
Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe: Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe was founded in 1986, and is actively ministering in 36 of the country’s 64 prisons.