The Cost to Billy Graham as a Dad

Kara Powell | Jul 26, 2010

In Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham, it is so clear how much he misses his family as hes gone for weeks, and sometimes months, at a time.

One passage in his book haunts me regarding one of his Los Angeles Crusades while his daughter, Anne, was young. Ruths sister and brother-in-law, Rosa and Don Montgomery, came from New Mexico to join us for the closing week, bringing Anne, who had been staying with them. Whose baby is this? I asked when I saw the child in Rosas arm, not recognizing my own daughter.

In other passages of the book, Billy is a wonderful and caring dad and husband. When he was home, he was focused. But his ministry involved so much travel.

If you had to make the choice between the impact of Billy Graham and not recognizing your own daughter, what would you choose? Of course, Billy was trying to be obedient to Gods call, and Gods call on some might involve long time away from family.

Im so glad thats not a choice I have to make.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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