BY JULIE SCHEIB - DISCOVERY HOUSE
My maternal grandfather suffered from the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s disease in his later years. One day, he and Grandma had an Oral Roberts revival on the radio when they heard that if anyone in the listening audience needed healing, “to lay your hand on the radio.” Grandpa asked Grandma, “Do you think I could be healed?” I don’t know the rest of the story — whether or not Grandpa laid his hand on the radio. I do know that he took his PD to the grave.
In 1954, Oral Roberts began broadcasting his revivals by television and other televangelists like Rex Humbard and Billy Graham followed suit. Since that time, half of the world is on the internet, and there are many more opportunities for evangelism. People are searching online for answers to their problems like depression, abandonment and broken relationships.
The internet reaches people on their deepest level because they feel safe. Ten million people respond to The Gospel online. It has become another means to reach people. Internet evangelism can go to any country. Volunteers can even reach people in restricted access nations.
The internet has become an obvious place to reach people. It has become a lifesaving tool for people all over the world. From radio to television to the internet, opportunities for evangelism continue to increase to reach more people than ever before. There is hope to be found through online Gospel presentations. For more information, visit billygraham.org, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association or billgrahamtv.org (800-631-7141)