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Franklin Graham on Easter this year: “Our only hope is God”


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Just before Easter 2022, Reverend Franklin Graham, CEO and President of Samaritan’s Purse as well as CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, shared a compelling message for all people of all faiths this season.

He also spoke about the crisis in Ukraine, a country he visited in the midst of the war, and said prayer and help were needed not just for Ukrainians, but to help transform the heart of the president. Russian, Vladimir Putin.

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In a phone interview with Fox News Digital this week, Graham said, “The problem we have in the world today is a sin problem. People have turned their backs on God.”

“In Ukraine there are billboards that say, ‘Our only hope is God.’ We need billboards like this here in this country.” —Franklin Graham at Fox News Digital

He added of America: “The only hope is God. It’s the only hope. Only God can transform [our] nation around.”

“This Easter,” he said, “I pray that people will turn to God, pray to him and ask for his help in all that we do – and that he will bless the nation.”

Franklin Graham’s Easter Message This Year will premiere on Fox News Channel Sunday at noon; it will also be available to stream on Fox Nation.
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“But to do this,” said the leader of the faith, “we must repent, turn from our sins, and believe in the name of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Graham also said: “A lot of people pay lip service to [to God] … They would agree, ‘Yes, we have to pray,’ but they don’t.”

“You’re always going to have people like that,” he added. “But there are always those who know how to pray – and God hears those prayers.”

Despite their enormous challenges right now in the midst of the war, “the people you meet and talk to [in Ukraine] are strong.”

He noted, “We don’t need to pray 100%, but if only men and women of God prayed, maybe God would use those prayers to transform this nation…I hope our nation would wake up and would see the problems we face and realize that the only hope is God.”

He added: “In Ukraine there are billboards that say, ‘Our only hope is God.’ We need billboards like this here in this country.”

Reverend Franklin Graham (left) is pictured praying with a team of volunteers on the ground in Ukraine as they help people whose lives have been torn apart by war. Graham spoke to Fox News Digital by phone this week.

Reverend Franklin Graham (left) is pictured praying with a team of volunteers on the ground in Ukraine as they help people whose lives have been torn apart by war. Graham spoke to Fox News Digital by phone this week.
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Graham himself has been on the ground in Ukraine, which was attacked by Russian forces beginning Feb. 24, 2022. Samaritan’s Purse operates two hospitals and six medical clinics across Ukraine, Graham noted.

“It is perhaps one of the most difficult countries we have worked in,” he said of the current crisis. “It’s a big country, the size of Texas. And transportation [alone] is a problem. They have trains, trucks, etc., but fuel is a big deal. You can’t always get fuel” there.

“We give the food to these churches, and they distribute it to their congregations and their communities.”

Samaritan’s Purse teams of doctors and nurses have treated more than 5,000 patients so far, the organization noted. The group also airlifted over 232 tons of emergency relief supplies to Ukraine in 8 separate airlift missions.

Graham noted that his humanitarian group works with a network of more than 3,200 churches to share medicine and food with the people of Ukraine. So far, Samaritan’s Purse has provided more than 165 tons of food to churches in Ukraine and Moldova helping people in need, his organization reported.

Franklin Graham (right) is shown in April 2022 at one of the medical clinics his organization set up in Ukraine amid the Russo-Ukrainian war.

Franklin Graham (right) is shown in April 2022 at one of the medical clinics his organization set up in Ukraine amid the Russo-Ukrainian war.
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“We give the food to these churches, and they distribute it to their congregations and their communities.”

He said that the eastern part of Ukraine is the most desperate right now. “This is where there is famine and a great food shortage,” he said of the region most affected by the war.

Yet despite their enormous challenges during the war, “the people you meet and talk to [in Ukraine] are strong,” said Reverend Graham.

A Ukrainian woman is shown here being comforted by a Samaritan's Purse volunteer on the ground in Ukraine in April 2022.

A Ukrainian woman is shown here being comforted by a Samaritan’s Purse volunteer on the ground in Ukraine in April 2022.
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“There is no doubt that there is despair and fear. But they are determined to fight for their land. And I just admire the [Ukrainian] people for the position they take,” he added. “And their faith in God. It is obvious that these people have a strong faith in God.”

He noted that there are over 5,000 churches in the country — “we work with over 3,200 of them” — and churches in Ukraine are “full on Sundays. They are full. Catholics, Orthodox, Evangelicals, Pentecostals, Baptists — they’re excited. The faith of the people is strong in Ukraine right now. Very strong.”

Members of a family of Ukrainian refugees, displaced from their homes after Russian forces attacked their country, are featured in an emotional reunion at the Polish border.

Members of a family of Ukrainian refugees, displaced from their homes after Russian forces attacked their country, are featured in an emotional reunion at the Polish border.
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It’s such a “tribute” to their faith, he said. “And I look up to them, and we want to do whatever we can to help them. It’s a mess. It’s going to get worse, I’m afraid. And what is President Putin’s endgame, I don’t know . But I think we just need to pray that God can change his heart,” he added.

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“And I would recommend people to pray for Putin. I don’t want to be misunderstood [on this point]. I want people to pray for God to change their heart. And turn his heart around, and he would see the sin that he’s involved in. That he would repent and turn away from it. And if we pray, it could happen.”

“I want people to pray for God to change [Putin’s] heart. And turn his heart around, so he can see the sin that he’s involved in. Let him repent.”

He also noted the great danger that Ukrainians face – dangers that cannot be underestimated. For example, he says, “four of the [Ukrainian] people distributing food through Samaritan’s Purse have been killed recently. These people are trying to help their own citizens, their own people,” he said.

“People live there in the shadow of death,” he said. Yet they feel that God is with them.

At a facility in Ukraine staffed by Samaritan's Purse volunteers, a Ukrainian family awaits medical attention and assistance.

At a facility in Ukraine staffed by Samaritan’s Purse volunteers, a Ukrainian family awaits medical attention and assistance.
(Samaritan’s Bag)

Reverend Graham has written to Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asking for a ceasefire from April 15-24.

This time period encompasses the 10 days of Holy Easter observances around the world, he noted.

Graham added to Fox News Digital, “We need to repent and turn from our sins. And maybe God will hear us from heaven… Pray for yourself. Just examine your heart. And if something is wrong not in your life, confess it to God and turn away from her.”

We tend to look at other people and what they do, he said – “but we have to look at ourselves”.

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He emphasized, “God hears our prayers. And I believe him.”

To see Franklin Graham’s April 2022 Easter sermon from Ukraine, watch the video at the top of this article – or Click here to access it.


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