Mark's Video Featured on Billy Graham SpecialNovember 29, 2005 1:39 pm
Billy Graham’s historic New York City Crusade to be broadcast in December
Television Special Pays Tribute to American Soldiers
Charlotte, NC, November 28, 2005 – Long before Billy Graham ever took the stage for his Greater New York Crusade earlier this year, people were contacting the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) asking when the event would be on television.Today the organization announced that the first of Mr. Graham’s New York messages will air nationwide on the Billy Graham Television Special December 3-11, 2005.
The Greater New York City Crusade, which was held June 24-26, 2005, drew 242,000 to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, N.Y., with 9,445 making decisions for Jesus Christ.
With this telecast the television ministry of BGEA has come full-circle.The first ever television broadcasts of a Billy Graham crusade were also from New York City – airing part of Graham’s 16-week 1957 campaign in Madison Square Garden.
Also in this television special, BGEA will pay tribute to those serving our country in the United States Armed Forces.The stories featured in the program include:
Like many of his West Point classmates, Scottie Smiley faced the inevitable reality of service in Iraq, and on October 13, 2004 he shipped out.On April 6, 2005 he risked his life to stop a suicide bomber.“The right side of my body was paralyzed because shrapnel went through my left eye and went into my brain, and that’s all I remember.” says Scottie.Scottie is now completely blind, but still feels blessed.“My prayers really haven’t changed other than me just thanking Him that I’m alive each and every day.”
Steve Chihos was an instant military success after enlisting in the Air Force.“I made rank very quickly… I felt I had accomplished that pretty much through my own efforts,” says Steve.“I would hardly say that I needed God.”Steve quickly learned, however, that he couldn’t control everything.As he boarded a plane to join the 1991 Gulf War, his world started to unravel.“There was a real chance that I wouldn’t be coming back,” says Steve.“In that moment I knew that it was completely beyond my control.I just basically threw up my hands and said ‘Okay, God, this is yours.’”Steve did make it home, and he still feels the peace that he felt the moment he surrendered his life to Christ.“As a specialist in control, I can honestly say that my life turned around when I gave up that control.”
Major Dave Segulin and his wife Chrissy are the quintessential military couple.“I even used to pray about being married to the military,” shares Chrissy.As Dave prepared for war in Iraq, he and Chrissy knew that God was in control, and decided they would use Dave’s deployment to minister to others.Chrissy says, “[God is] going to give me the strength to not only overcome my own fears for this deployment, but then to be able to help other women and families as well.”Meanwhile, Dave is ready to defend his country.“I’m at peace, and I know I’m part of God’s plan.”
The program also includes the Dove Award-nominated video for the hit song “Letters From War” by Mark Schultz, a patriotic song by the Gaither Vocal Band, and a special classic Johnny Cash performance of “Ragged Old Flag.”Ricky Skaggs, Michael W. Smith and Nicole C. Mullen also stop by to thank the troops for their sacrifice.
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