Will Graham, the son of evangelist Franklin Graham, recently sat down with CBN News to encourage people to pray for the victims of the wildfires in California.
When asked why churches and Christian organizations are often among the first to respond Graham said, "I think as Christians, we should be the first ones to be responding because we represent the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, and we should be the first ones responding to anybody in need.”
He continued, "Pray with them; help with physical needs as well, and there's going to be a lot of physical needs going forward.”
The Evangelist noted that he is grateful for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s act of sending chaplains to California in this time of need.
Graham said, "One of the greatest things you can do, and that's one thing I'm so excited about the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we send chaplains simply just to sit there and pray with people; cry with people; hold people."
He continued, "People have lost everything – they're devastated, and they don't even know where the next step begins, and we just sit there, and we just start praying."
The executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center added, "We'll see some people come to know Christ, but I don't think we've ever been there when someone said, 'No, don't pray for me.’ People in times like this, they say, 'You know, I'll do anything I can; I need help any way I can,’ so they'll say, 'Pray for me.'"
Graham told CBN that Samaritan's Purse, an international relief non-profit ministry organization led by Franklin Graham, shows up whenever and where ever they are needed in the face of both natural and manmade disasters.
"There's going to be a lot of heartaches, and I know a lot of people have died," he said. "Most people died in this fire than any other fire in US history."
"It's a very sad time... you can't replace humans, so here we just simply pray and pray that God would minister to them in their time of grief," Graham added.
The evangelist then offered a prayer for the California shooting and fire victims saying, "Lord, it's turning their world upside down, and Lord I pray that in this time of great need that Lord they'll cry out to you."
Graham continued, "That Lord you'll meet their needs spiritually, and that Lord even in the great times of tragedy Lord that they see a great thing that took place Lord, and that's where you met their needs."
"And so Lord we pray for these individuals; we lift them up," he proclaimed. "I pray for the communities Lord that they'll help, come around their neighbors that are suffering; they're hurting, and help minister to them and take care of them, Lord."
Graham concluded, "But Lord, I pray that we as a Church, as Christians, and as a society, we come along these people and help these people and minister to them. In the Name of Jesus, we pray, Amen."
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