SYMMES TOWNSHIP, Ohio - I hope to impact people like Billy did.
That’s what three Montgomery Community Church ministers joined countless others in saying Wednesday as they reflected on Billy Graham’s profound imprint on pastoring.
“There was once where I got to be somewhat close to one of the events where there was just thousands of people that, right when the invitation was given, they would flood the aisles and go forward and experience God’s presence,” said Daniel McKee, family life pastor.
“Experiencing it was amazing.”
“When I think of him, I think of hope,” said David Ebensberger, arts pastor.
“I think of the message of hope and so I hope that I borrow from that when someone comes to talk with me about a problem they’re experiencing or struggle they’re having with their faith.”
“Like Billy Graham’s quote I was just reading said, he says he’s read every page of the Bible and he knows everything turns out all right. If we know that in our faith, we should live that out,” said Patrick Vail, children’s pastor.
“We should live out with this extreme joy and this extreme hope that all the craziness we see around us will not affect what will be at the end, and that’s true pure hope and joy, and that’s what Billy Graham lived out.”
That’s the message of hope these pastors hope people will take from the life and death of the great Billy Graham.
"We don’t grieve as people without hope. We know that Billy Graham is home and he is with the Father and he is celebrating in his presence and he has heard, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.’”