NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Franklin Graham spoke Thursday evening at a fundraiser for The Bridge Ministry held at Lipscomb University.
More than 700 people attended the event at Allen Arena, which included dinner and entertainment by Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum.
The Bridge is a Nashville area Christian nonprofit that serves the poor and homeless and partners with agencies to help the needy with everyday necessities. The group works to educate people and help them get back to work, and to encourage others to help those who are hungry and homeless.
It’s an honor to be here to support a ministry like this, Graham told the crowd.
The son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, who turns 99 on Nov. 7, Franklin Graham is president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.
In May, Franklin Graham spoke in Clarksville as part of his Decision America Tennessee Tour.
At Thursday’s event, he encouraged people to give generously to The Bridge, which was founded in 2004.
At The Bridge, people are fed, people are clothed and people are given an opportunity for a better life, for education and training, and to hear the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, he said.
He emphasized how the ministry not only helps with people’s material needs but also their spiritual ones.
They share the gospel and there’s power in the gospel, he said.
Before Graham’s speech, Scott performed with members of her family and band. She also offered inspirational words about how her faith has helped her during difficult times in her life.
For more information about The Bridge Ministry, visit bridgeministry.org.