Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Billy Graham Started Here

It has been my privilege to do a lot of street evangelism over the years.  Starting on the streets of San Francisco back in 1985, from my nightly television ministry in Northern California, we have seen God move with a special anointing on the hearts of the homeless and broken.  This old video shows the outreaches we did for several years in downtown Tampa at Tampa Street and Florida Ave.  Taking food, clothing and the love of Jesus to those who live under bridges and in parks along the river.  This monument to Billy Graham states that he started his ministry in the same place as our outreaches.  We called it "Church on the Streets" and for years and our congregation on Saturdays were those who were basically outcasts.  God is good and we touched many lives.  Every week multiple salvations, healings and deliverances.  God taught me much about the principles of the kingdom of God through these wonderful people.  It was said of Billy Graham, by his own testimony, that he was literally thrown out of a bar for witnessing in the very same area.  God used the Tampa bay area to launch Billy Graham's wonderful ministry.  He attended bible college in Clearwater as well.  Praise God for the blessing that later came on Billy's world evangelism.  May his inspiration stir a new move of the Holy Spirit in the season of celebrating Billy's "home going"!  He himself said, I won't be dead, but translated into my greater place of blessing and glory.  Thank you Billy for your beautiful example of integrity and longevity.

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