2019 was a year full of exciting and meaningful ministry for the Billy Graham Library. Join us as we look back at the 2019 events hosted by the Billy Graham Library where the Gospel was shared with those in attendance.
Teddy Bear Tea – February 8, 2019
More than 270 guests attended the annual Teddy Bear Tea. The program was focused on Mark 12:30-31—God’s love for us and how to share that love with others.
On the way in, kids and parents stopped by a photo booth with a larger than life Teddy Bear!
Each child received a plush teddy bear to take home.
Ladies Tea & Tour – March 23, 2019
The Ladies Tea is an annual event hosted by the Billy Graham Library to inspire women of all ages with a Biblical message, music and fellowship.
The event was held in the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) dining hall, where teas and colorful plates of finger foods were placed neatly on crisp tablecloths for the hundreds of women in attendance.
Many women visited the Billy Graham Library afterwards and enjoyed a stroll through the Prayer Garden on a warm spring day.
Never been to the Ladies Tea? Keep it in mind for this spring!
Easter at the Library – April 13, 2019
Now becoming an annual tradition, Easter at the Library includes a variety of activities for children to participate in—all pointing to the hope we have through our risen Savior.
Similar to Christmas at the Library, Easter at the Library included story time on the patio—complete with lounging pillows for comfy seating.
Book Signing with Will Graham – June 5, 2019
On June 5, the Billy Graham Library celebrated its 12th year anniversary with Will Graham as he signed copies of his first book, “Redeemed: Devotions for the Longing Soul.”
Friends of the Library reception – August 2, 2019
Friends of the Library and their guests gathered for refreshments and fellowship before the program featuring Gigi Graham, daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham. Learn more about becoming a Friend of the Library at https://billygrahamlibrary.org/friends-of-the-library/.
Homeschool Day – September 11, 2019
Hundreds of homeschool families visited the Library on Wednesday, September 11.
Attendees enjoyed a day of games, snacks, Journey of Faith tours, shopping and learning more about Billy Graham and the ministries of BGEA.
Men’s Dinner with Darryl Strawberry – September 13, 2019
About 300 people attended a sold out Men’s Dinner, hosted by the Billy Graham Library. They gathered in the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) headquarters, located just behind the Library, to hear from famed outfielder Darryl Strawberry.
As someone who once struggled with addictions, Strawberry put a personal spin on the Bible story about the woman at the well and Christ’s reference to Himself as the Living Water (John 4:1-45). “Since I’ve been drinking this Living Water, guys, I have never been thirsty again.”
Anne Graham Lotz at the Billy Graham Library – October 3, 2019
Anne Graham Lotz stayed busy during her time in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Oct. 3. In the morning, she was interviewed by a SiriusXM radio host. In the afternoon, she met dozens of readers at the Billy Graham Library. Thursday evening, she hosted a sold-out dinner to launch her newest book, Jesus In Me.
A scorching 90-degree day didn’t prevent dozens of people from lining up at the Billy Graham Library to meet Anne Graham Lotz that afternoon.
Nearly 300 guests attended the evening dinner. Anne thanked the crowd for their prayers and support of her over the last year. She transparently shared the struggles that she has faced and how God has carried her through.
Bikers with Boxes – October 19, 2019
Hundreds of bikers traveled to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, to deliver gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.
Crisis-trained chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team were present to talk with bikers. This chaplain was able to pray with a group of bikers.
Book Signing with Tammie Jo Shults – November 16, 2019
On November 16, the Billy Graham Library welcomed Southwest Airlines captain and former naval aviator Tammie Jo Shults for a book signing. Shults received wide acclaim when, on April 17, 2018, she and her crew successfully landed a Boeing 737 after catastrophic engine failure, saving the lives of 148 people.
Ladies Night Out with Kendra Graham – November 22, 2019
Two hundred women came to the Billy Graham Library for the Library’s seventh annual Ladies Night Out. Will Graham’s wife, Kendra Graham, was the guest speaker.
Standing in the Library lobby, recently decorated for Christmas, Kendra spoke about the real meaning behind the holiday: God’s love coming down to us in the person of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ came “at a messy time … to messy people,” Kendra said about that first Christmas. “This Christmas, don’t miss Jesus,” she told the women. His birth is “still good news of great joy.”
Book Signing with Pastor Andrew Brunson – December 5, 2019
The Billy Graham Library was honored to host Pastor Andrew Brunson – who was imprisoned for his Christian faith in a Turkish prison for more than two years – to sign copies of his book, “God’s Hostage.”
Christmas at the Library – December 1-23, 2019
Each year, thousands visit Christmas at the Library to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas – Christ’s birth!
Many families greatly look forward to participating in this celebratory event together.
Christmas activities include a live Nativity, carriage rides, carolers, and story time on the patio for kids.