The president of Samaritan’s Purse, Franklin Graham, will be the keynote speaker at the Governors Prayer Breakfast on March 23 in Anchorage. The event takes place at the Dena’ina Center. Doors open at 7 am with breakfast beginning at 8 am.
The Alaska Governors Prayer Breakfast began in 1983 to give Christians a venue to pray together for the leaders of Alaska. It became an annual event and hosts some of the major Christian speakers in America for an inspirational message on a Saturday morning.
Graham is the son of the late Rev. Billy Graham and Ruth Bell Graham. By the time Franklin was born, Billy Graham was already the most famous Christian pastor of his generation. Franklin rebelled and traveled the world as a young man, but eventually committed himself to Christ. He was invited by Dr. Bob Pierce, the founder of Samaritan’s Purse, to join him on a mission to Asia. During the trip, Franklin answered the call to work with hurting people in areas of the world affected by war, famine, disease, and natural disasters.
Samaritan’s Purse has a presence in Alaska, including a lodge where the organization hosts military husbands and wives whose marriages need renewal after one of them has been deployed to a war zone or has been exposed to trauma. The group was also instrumental in rebuilding many homes after the 2009 Yukon River flood.
The group responded to hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods across the South, fires in the West, and recently provided free lunches to all furloughed Federal employees near the group’s headquarters in Boone, N.C.
It is active in several countries overseas, providing medical response to the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and bringing presents to children all over the world through Operation Christmas Child.
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