Many Find Peace at Billy Graham Library Following Evangelist’s Death

By   •   February 21, 2018

Billy Graham
Billy Graham originally was against a building bearing his name. After it was explained that the Billy Graham Library would point people to Jesus Christ, he agreed to go along with the idea.

As word spread of the passing of Mr. Graham on Wednesday morning, a steady stream of people made their way to the in Charlotte, North Carolina. Many hadn’t planned a visit but felt pulled there—and to be near others also experiencing the great loss.

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Sherilyn Washington works in the Library’s Guest Services.

“People are shocked, sad and happy at the same time, knowing that Mr. Graham is with the Lord, and also his wife, Ruth.

Flowers
Flowers left by mourners sit atop a wooden wagon inside the entrance to the Billy Graham Library.

“They’re weeping and leaving flowers and at the same time are happy for him.”

Darryl Stackhouse and his friend Derry Haywood, both pastors, came after hearing the news. Darryl told his friend, “Coming to this Library will enhance your preaching and your wanting to do more for Christ because of all the impact Billy Graham had on the world.”

Haywood, 31, visiting from Richmond, Virginia, feels blessed he was in town during this time.

“A man that is as well renowned as Reverend Graham deserves to have homage paid and respects, just for the legacy that he’s lived and for all of the work.”

Derry remembers watching Billy Graham’s Crusades on TV.

Fellow pastors and friends Darryl Stackhouse and Derry Haywood.
Fellow pastors and friends Darryl Stackhouse and Derry Haywood came to the Library to remember Mr. Graham’s legacy and be inspired by his ministry.

“It was just amazing as he would preach the Gospel, just seeing thousands come at a time. You never really see that that often except when you read about it in the Book of Acts, when .”

He said that’s what he thinks of when he thinks about Mr. Graham.

“You get to see [that] in the 21st century—someone who is still walking under that type of mantle.”

Miriam Pustaver, from Chicago, Illinois, was one of those thousands Derry referred to. She calls Billy Graham’s 1971 Chicago Crusade the beginning of her journey of faith.

“I really didn’t have ,” she said, before going forward when Billy Graham gave the invitation to receive Christ. Her faith grew exponentially, though, as she studied materials she received from a Crusade counselor and started attending a Bible-teaching church.

Bob and Miriam Pustaver
Bob and Miriam Pustaver, from Illinois, spent time going through the Billy Graham Library for the first time Wednesday.

Wednesday, her eyes misted as she recalled that night in Chicago while visiting the Library that bears the evangelist’s name.

“It’s kind of reliving that experience. I really feel that it was through Billy Graham’s preaching that God used him to bring me to this point in my life.”

It’s an emotional day for many, Library volunteer Tom Winn noted, adding those coming are especially open about sharing their needs and concerns with prayer volunteers.

“They want to in some way embrace what’s going on, and be part of the legacy Billy has left us.”

“We’re mourning,” he said. “But we’re also taking great joy in what’s going on [here].”

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3 Comments

  1. Lucy Hollenbeck says:

    Billy Graham transformed my life in 1957 when I went to one of his Crusades in Tampa, Florida.

  2. Joel Youngs says:

    Thank you Rev. Billy Graham for helping me on the journey of faith.

  3. JOYCE SOMERVILLE says:

    My deepest sympathy to all the Graham family.

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