Samaritan’s Purse Canada and the
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of
Canada are affiliates of the EFC ( www.TheEFC.ca/
Affiliates). Find more Q and As at www.Faith Today.
What lies at the heart of the mission
of BGEA Canada?
It remains the same as when Billy
Graham began the ministry in 1950
– to proclaim the gospel of the Lord
Jesus Christ to all we can by every
effective means available to us, and
by equipping others to do the same.
What role does BGEA fill in the Canadian Church?
The BGEA assists, encourages and
equips the local church in its evangelistic ministry.
We’re probably best known for
our crusade ministry through
which we are invited by, and part-
ner with, local churches to host
community-wide evangelistic out-
reach events. The BGEA has other
ministries that also equip the local
church for evangelistic outreach.
They include our ReAwaken evangelism training seminars, regional
Evangelism Congresses (including
Sept. 25–26 in Edmonton), and My
Hope video ministry featuring
powerful personal testimonies and
clear gospel messages from Billy
Graham or Franklin Graham. The
BGEA provides Sharing Hope in
Crisis training to enable churches
and their members to provide
emotional and spiritual support to
hurting people in their communities during times of crisis.
What changes have you seen in
Canadian culture that make the work of
evangelism more difficult?
I see a growing tendency in Canada
to honour behaviour and lifestyles
that are contrary to what God has
established as good and true. Influential elements of our culture aggressively promote hope in doctrine
and ideologies that don’t align with
God’s Word. Wanting to be culturally relevant and avoid the perception
of alienating anyone, some Christians and churches are tempted to
I thank God for individual Christians and churches that don’t
compromise truth. The BGEA has
partnered with many of these
churches to share the good news of
Jesus Christ. Together we’ve seen
the Lord draw thousands of people
to Himself. And so in the midst of
this cultural drift, we offer real
hope to people by boldly proclaiming His truth.
What inspires you personally as a
I’m inspired by the parable of the
talents in Matthew 25. I believe a
good leader must be a faithful servant. Like the servants in the parable, I’ve been entrusted to steward
something – this BGEA Canada
ministry. As a leader I want to
faithfully steward this ministry and
fulfil our mission.
How do you recharge as a leader?
Activities like playing music with
the worship team, riding a motor-
cycle, camping, kayaking, fishing
and cross-country skiing provide
opportunity to think, pray, gain
perspective and recharge. The most
enjoyable time of all is with my wife
Renee and our granddaughters. /FT
Fred Weiss is executive director of Calgary-based
Samaritan’s Purse Canada (SPC) and the Billy
Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada.
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