During the course of 2022, we’ll take a look at memorabilia from locations where Billy Graham preached and will be locations where Franklin Graham or Will Graham will preach this year during evangelistic events, continuing the legacy Billy Graham and his team began more than 70 years ago.
In 1974, Billy Graham was honored with a Native American headdress and was given the name “Natani,” which means “Warrior of the Great Spirit,” during a presentation at his Crusade in Phoenix, Arizona.
Legacy of the Gospel: Taking the message of hope to Indigenous communities in the U.S.
During his ministry, Billy Graham preached to people from varying cultures across the globe. He did not fail to ignore a culture that is so significant to the history of his own country in the United States, that of the Native American.
Of the Native Americans, Billy Graham once said, “The greatest moments of Native History may lie ahead of us if a great spiritual renewal and awakening should take place. The Native American has been a sleeping giant. He is awakening. The original Americans could become the evangelists who will help win America for Christ! Remember these forgotten people!”
The Legacy Continues
Later this year, Billy Graham’s grandson Will Graham will return to the “sleeping giant” to continue his evangelistic work with Native Americans. In 2021, he preached to more than 5,100 people, more than 1,100 indicated decisions, at The Monument in Rapid City, South Dakota during the Black Hills Paha Sapa Celebration. This June, he’ll host Celebration events at the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations to bring the message of God’s love.