Saturday, June 23, 2007

10,000th visitor

Riddle: They call it a library, it looks like a barn, but its really a museum. What is it?

It's the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C. While on our vacation, we decided to spend Thursday morning visiting the Billy Graham Library. When we arrived, they told Mary that she was the 10,000th visitor since it opened on June 5, 2007. They took several pictures of us, and gave us a gift bag with books by Billy Graham and Ruth Bell Graham, and a souvenir mug, t-shirt and cap.

We really enjoyed our visit. Everything is free. We first saw the Graham family homeplace where Billy Graham grew up, and got a picture of our family with Billy's picture in the home. Then we visited the library itself (a museum that looks like a barn in honor of the Graham's farm home). The main feature in the library is an hour-long interactive theater program. You move from room to room as you watch videos and see displays remembering the ministry of the man who has preached the gospel to more people than any other human in history. While honoring Graham, the library's focus is upon Christ. More than anything else, it is a celebration of how God worked through one man to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. I took the picture from the inside of the library looking out through the cross-shaped glass entrance. Through the cross you can see the family home.

It is well worth a trip to Charlotte to see the Billy Graham Library. We're glad we went!

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