15 September 2015

BILLY GRAHAM Evangelistic Association debuts trailer for new My Hope uk film called “Second Chance”

Film available this autumn as a free evangelism tool for churches

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has debuted a trailer for “Second Chance”, the 2015 installment of evangelistic films from My Hope UK available for use free of charge. The new film comes on the heels of the success of its previous release called “The Cross”, which debuted late last year and has been requested by more than a quarter of UK churches.

See trailer here: http://myhopewithbillygraham.org.uk/programs/second-chance-trailer/?
Watch whole film here: http://www.myhopewithbillygraham.org.uk/

“Our focus is on encouraging and equipping the local church to simply share Jesus,” said Steve Wade, national director for My Hope UK. “We want to help local congregations by providing high-quality, free resources – like ‘Second Chance’ – that can be used to reach out with a message of hope in their communities.”

“Second Chance” features a powerful message from Billy Graham and compelling stories of transformation from Chris Llewellyn, lead singer for the popular Irish Christian band Rend CollectiveNathalie MacDermott, a doctor from Cardiff who served in Liberia to help people with Ebola and is now at Imperial College, London; and pro-skateboarder Brian Sumner, who was brought up in Liverpool and found fame with Tony Hawk.

All three have made news recently:

  • Rend Collective’s recent album As Family We Go debuted last month and immediately hit the record books (see http://www.breathecast.com/articles/rend-collectives-as-a-family-we-go-has-highest-uk-debut-in-almost-20-years-31011/). In the UK, the album debuted at No. 19 on the U.K. Albums Chart and No. 9 on U.K.’s Digital Albums Chart – the highest debut for a Christian album in the U.K. in almost 20 years and the highest ever Christian album debut on the U.K. Digital Albums Chart. See http://rendcollective.com/
  • MacDermott made worldwide headlines for her active service in Liberia on the frontline of the Ebola crisis, taking over as leader of a clinic when Dr Kent Brantley contracted the disease.
  • Last month, Sumner released his first book, a 30-day devotional series called “Never Fails” that helps couples looking for a fresh start in their marriage.

“Second Chance” chronicles their stories of faith and how an encounter with God gave their lives new purpose.

“All three stories, and Billy Graham’s classic message in the film, address the underlying need that we all have for a second chance,” added Steve. “We hope churches and individuals will begin praying and planning now for how God can use this film to reach out to communities, family and friends with a message of hope this November and beyond.”

Jersey 1The film has been on general release from Monday 2 November. Churches and organisations are encouraged to join with others across the nation in planning events using the film for a collective “day of proclamation” on Saturday 7 November to coincide with Billy Graham’s 97th birthday. The film will pre-release in early October, as churches and organisations will be able to view the full programme online and download it to prepare for showings in November.

A free DVD of “Second Chance” will also be available to each church or organisation that requests it, with shipment expected in October. More than 1,500 have already pre-ordered. Individuals will also be able to order online as soon as the DVDs are ready.

For more information on My Hope, including tips on how these resources can be used, visit http://www.MyHopewithBillyGraham.org.uk and click “Get Started”.

You can participate by ordering a copy of “Second Chance” on the website at http://shop.myhopewithbillygraham.org.uk/, downloading prayer cards and encouraging everyone to pray and prepare to show the film in your community from Saturday 7 November.

About My Hope

Beginning in 2002, My Hope has been implemented in 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East. More than 305,000 churches and 4 million individuals have participated, and more than 10 million have indicated making a decision for Christ. Get news updates on Twitter: @MyHope.

About My Hope UK

My Hope with Billy Graham launched in the UK last year – 60 years after Billy Graham’s historic Harringay meetings and 30 years after Mission England – with the powerful, cinema-quality film “The Cross”. The 30 minute film featured a message of hope from Billy Graham alongside compelling life stories from chart-topping rapper Lecrae and platinum-selling rock singer Lacey Sturm. More than 13,650, representing more than a quarter of UK churches, have ordered a free copy of “The Cross” so far. More than 91,000 copies of the DVD have been dispatched, with thousands more downloads and views online. Thousands have committed or recommitted their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ after watching the film.

About the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world by every effective means available. For more information, please visit www.billygraham.org.uk. Get news updates on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/BGEAnews.

Meanwhile, here’s a story from The Cross…
‘My Hope with Billy Graham’ Sparks 200+ Decisions for Christ at UK Church

A church in Manchester, England, has brought hundreds of new believers into the fold since the start of 2015, and the pastor says My Hope with Billy Graham was the catalyst.

Glyn Barrett, the pastor of !Audacious Church, wanted to begin the New Year by simply sharing the Gospel—as he put it, “making the main thing, the main thing.”

Jersey 3When he came across Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s video The Cross on TV in England, he thought it would be a powerful way to present “the main thing” to his church.

“What better way than for Billy Graham himself to inspire the church to have a renewed passion and urgency for the Gospel being preached?” Barrett said.

The Cross is one of several short films BGEA has produced as part of an international evangelism movement called My Hope with Billy Graham.

In The Cross, music artists Lacey and Lecrae join Billy Graham in presenting the Gospel as they share two distinctive stories of transformation that happened when they accepted Christ.

More than 10,000 British churches—more than 20 percent of all churches in the UK—have received The Cross DVD, with thousands of new orders still coming in. Many congregations are planning to show the video this Easter.

The leadership of !Audacious decided to show The Cross during the first weekend services of 2015 and encouraged members to bring friends who aren’t believers.

Over the course of three Sunday services on Jan. 4, more than 1,500 people watched the video at the church, which meets in a renovated warehouse on the northwest side of Manchester.

Audacious Church
Some of the leadership at !Audacious Church praying for people who have accepted Christ at their church since the beginning of 2015

At the end of the film, during the invitation to accept Christ, one staff member said the front of the auditorium was “awash with people.”

“Many people made a first-time decision for Jesus,” Barrett said.

“I felt like it was an answer to prayer,” said Steve Rhoads, the vice president of My Hope.

Rhoads has crisscrossed the Atlantic for the past year, spreading the word about the outreach and developing relationships with churches in the US and UK. He was excited to see !Audacious embrace the vision and see immediate results.

Jersey 2“To see God do something like that, I think is just further encouragement that God answers prayer,” Rhoads said.

What happened on Jan. 4 was worth celebrating, but perhaps even more encouraging is the ripple effect continuing to happen in Manchester and beyond.

“Hearing the Gospel so clearly communicated and the stories of transformation captured everyone’s heart and passion to see their friends come to know Jesus this year,” Barrett said. “By the end of the month, we saw 270 people give their lives to Jesus. The Cross was a catalyst in this amount of salvations.”

Barrett says each new believer has received a personal follow-up call and has been prayed for. A number of baptisms are on the calendar to mark the first step in a new walk with Christ.

“Our vision is to see a generation of audacious Christians rise up and take their place in society, living out everything God has purposed for them to do,” Barrett said.

“Often the Church has been known for being old or irrelevant, but My Hope with Billy Graham is so excellently produced that it is not only accessible for all people, but also powerful in its undiluted communication of the greatest story, that of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Barrett believes the Gospel, when lived out boldly, can transform families, schools, and workplaces and change the nation “one person at a time.”

That’s what’s happening in Manchester, and it can happen in your town, too.

Photos from recent My Hope Leaders’ Presentation in St Paul’s Centre, St Helier, Jersey, led by Tim Harrold and Kim Dopson. The bottom photo shows Rev Bob Key, Dean of Jersey – who once laid hands on Billy Graham before a stadium event – closing in prayer.