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Cissie Graham Lynch offers prayer at March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Cissie Graham Lynch prayed during a rally preceding the 49th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 21. Thousands marched from the National Mall to the Supreme Court to advocate for the unborn.  

With the Washington monument as a backdrop for the pre-march rally, Cissie Graham Lynch prayed, “Lord, we know You are the author and creator of all life, that You created us in Your image. And we know as a nation that we have sinned. And we humble ourselves before You asking for forgiveness.”

The mother of two stayed in D.C. after the march to speak at Saturday’s second annual National Pro-Life Summit, a one-day training event for grassroots pro-life activists of all ages.

Abortion was the leading cause of death worldwide last year, for the third year in a row, according to Worldometer.

Listen to Cissie’s prayer on the BGEA website.

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The Light FM named Radio Station of the Year by National Religious Broadcasters

Blue Ridge Broadcasting’s The Light FM (WMIT) has been named Radio Station of the Year by National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). The group recently released its 2022 Media and Special Service Awards recognizing the most outstanding ministries, organizations, and programs in the world’s largest association of Christian communicators.

“With all that is going on in the world today, it’s a blessing to be able to come alongside our listeners and provide the hope and encouragement found in Christ through The Light FM,” said John Owens, general manager of Blue Ridge Broadcasting. “I’m proud of how intentional our team is in fulfilling our mission of leading as many people as possible into a relationship with Christ.”

This is the fifth time The Light FM has been honored with Radio Station of the Year. The station previously received the award in 1991, 2006, 2008 and 2018. All award recipients will be honored during the 2022 NRB Convention, which will take place March 8-11, 2022, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

A listener-supported ministry founded by Billy and Ruth Graham, The Light FM is operated by Blue Ridge Broadcasting. The Light FM’s flagship station, 106.9 WMIT, has the nation’s 12th largest FM radio coverage area, reaching portions of seven states.

For a full list of frequencies, visit TheLightFM.
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Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deploys after Bronx apartment fire

After New York City faced its worst fire in over 30 years, killing 17 people—including eight children—chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) deployed to offer emotional and spiritual care.

“Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones, all those impacted by this devastating fire, and the first responders,” said Josh Holland, assistant director of the BG-RRT. “We want to show our support as we send crisis-trained chaplains to provide emotional and spiritual support for all of those who are hurting.”

The fire broke out Sunday, Jan. 9, in a 19-story Bronx apartment complex and smoke quickly spread throughout the building. The tragedy was caused by a faulty space heater.

Chaplain coordinator and retired police officer Jason Scalzi led a small team of chaplains who offered prayer and a listening ear to community members in the Bronx. For him, the deployment was about offering a “ministry of presence of just being there for them to grieve. I know the firemen and fire responders are grieving, as well,” Scalzi said.

“Sometimes just a hug or shoulder to cry on is better than any words could ever be,” Scalzi said. “[We were] there to serve in any way that’s needed.”

This marked the first BG-RRT response of 2022. More chaplains are still ministering in Boulder, Colorado, due to recent wildfires,  Kentucky following tornadoes, and Houma, Louisiana following Hurricane Ida.

For more information about the BG-RRT ministry, visit billygraham.org/RRT.

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