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NYC to the Twin Cities

Good morning! I am now in St Paul, MN to help clebrate the 60th anniversary of radio station KTIS. It was founded by my father while he was president of Norhwestern College He was the youngest  college president in the US at that time. My sister Gigi and I are representing the family.

Speaking of my father, I was in NYC earlier ths week to do some media for the launch of my new book and my phone rang. I picked it up and heard that precious familiar voice. It was my father – he rarely calls these days. He wanted to thank me for my book but he cannot read due to macular degeneration. (Yes, they have the reading machine that my mother used.)  I suggested he have someone else read it for him but he is quite deaf now so it will have to be read slowly and loudly! (Yes, he has the best hearing aids.)

But it was so dear to hear his voice. I asked if he had seen me on Fox and Freinds that morning. He said no but had heard about it.  I hope to get down to see him in the next couple of weeks. I miss him. He is so dear.  It is a six hour drive from my home so it  isn’t an easy, quick drive .

This has been a busy week.  But I an grateful for the opportunites God gave for me to talk about the book. After one interview, I was walking back to my hotel and was near Times Square. From the shadow of a stairwell I heard a woman preachng the Gospel. I walked passed but then stopped. I felt that I should stop and speak to her and encourage her. I also had a remaining copy of my book and decided to give it to her. I did not introduce myself as “Billy Graham’s daughter” but just thanked her for doing what she was doing – being a light in that dark place. I gave her the copy of my book and she glanced at it and made the connection. Her name was Brenda and her husband was Solomon. She told me she had met my father years ago in Central Park. We had our pictures taken together.

It was just a short encounter but it made my day!

Who will you encounter today to give a word of encouragement or cheer only to find that you are the one to get a blessing?

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Hello!

As I write my first post I am in Toronto, Canada to help dedicate the new women’s center for Teen Challenge – a residential facility for recovery from substance abuse.  Teen Challenge, started by David Wilkerson in NYC, has a long history of success with men – after 5 years there is a 70% success rate. Huge!

I am thrilled they now have a place for women and am honored that they have asked me to participate in this special occasion.

This morning I was on 100 Huntley Place television show – the Canadian 700 Club.  Moira Brown interviewed me and I had a good opportunity to talk about my new book, Fear Not Tomorrow, God Is Already There, the ministry of Ruth Graham & Friends and our time at Angola Prison in Louisiana.  Click on the Angola Photographs link under the “Important Links” section of my blog if you would like to view a few of some wonderful photographs and video done by Jim Whitmer while we were there. It was a profound experience.

This is a busy trip but I love the Canadians and the ministry of Teen Challenge.   9/26/09