Billy Graham’s Lausanne Legacy

Billy Graham’s Lausanne Legacy


Lausanne Movement | global executive director

A few weeks ago the world said goodbye to Billy Graham. It was an unforgettable experience to be there for his funeral—a moving time of worship, celebration of the gospel, and friendship, all of which truly reflected Billy’s heart and lifelong ministry.

On 21 February 2018 at the age 99, Rev Billy Graham went to be in the presence of the Lord. This special video provides a window into his legacy, anchored around the clarion calls he issued at the First Lausanne Congress in 1974 and encompassing clips from his crusades to all corners of the world.

As the world continues to remember and celebrate the life and legacy of Billy Graham, I want to share this special video with you reflecting on his legacy at Lausanne 1974 and beyond. We are admonished to ‘Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.’ (Hebrews 13:7)

A number of substantial tributes from Lausanne leaders who interacted with Billy over the years are also now available on the website. If you have a moment, look over the tributes posted in the comments sections of our press release as well as the tribute blog post, and feel free to add your own.

During this season where we especially seek to ‘remember [our] leaders’, we would also like to announce a new page on our website dedicated to Billy Graham and John Stott. These two men honored God with their whole lives, and even after death, their legacies continue to be used by the Lord for the evangelization of the world. May we indeed ‘consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith’, for the glory of the Lord.

Pray with Us

Father, we pause to remember not the greatness of Billy Graham but the greatness of the God whom Billy Graham loved and proclaimed. We stand in awe of what you did through this simple, humble, single-minded, and imperfect servant. And we turn to you to ask that you might use even us for your glory as well. 

We thank you for the work that you did in and through Billy. The nations were touched by your gospel through his voice. We ask that you might continue to raise up simple, humble, single-minded, and imperfect servants around the world who might be voices of hope in our generation. 

We humbly commit ourselves to your purposes. Use us as you will.

We ask in the name of the Lord of the nations, Jesus,
— Michael Oh | Global Executive Director