Millions Encounter Gospel through Billy Graham Internet Ministry

Millions of people worldwide have encountered the Gospel through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s internet evangelism ministry known as “Search for Jesus,” according to new data from the organization.

The Search for Jesus ministry, launched in 2012 as a way to reach people with the Gospel online, marked its 10th anniversary with new data of 100 million people who have visited the ministry’s websites, and more than 3 million have indicated a decision for Christ and received follow-up.

Internet users receive a gospel presentation and are matched with one of 1,400 trained volunteers who answer questions and chat with users online, live.

“We’re following Billy Graham’s legacy of spreading the Gospel across the globe using every opportunity we have,” said Mark Appleton, director of internet evangelism for BGEA. “The average person spends nearly seven hours a day on the internet, so we want to meet these people where they are. Search for Jesus has given us the chance to spread the Gospel like never before.”

The ministry helps new Christians grow in their faith. It also offers digital discipleship courses created for new believers, according to a new release. Meanwhile, the website also includes a church locator tool to help Christians find a local congregation.

“People around the world are hurting. They’re desperate for hope,” the Search for Jesus website says. “… Through this online ministry, our mission field is expanding to reach people we might never reach in person.”

Appleton said each visit to the website has significance. “We started building this ministry one step at a time, taking steps of obedience and faith in God,” Appleton said. “These people aren’t just numbers, but real, hurting men and women who finally found hope.”

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Billy Graham was a prominent evangelical Christian figure and according to a biographer, he was among the most influential Christian leaders of the 20th century.

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