I come from a small First Nation Cree community in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. My parents were trappers and fishers, raising a family of 13 children. It was hard work but childhood memories of life in the bush are good.
As a child, I would wake up Sunday mornings to the powerful singing of George Beverly Shea on the radio and the powerful preaching of Billy Graham. It did not matter whether we were out living on the trapline in our log cabin for the winter or summer fishing camp in a tent, my late father, Oscar Beatty, always listened to the weekly radio program. My father’s favourite song was “How Great Thou Art,” and it is mine too. My father, who passed away two years ago, was one of the first Christians in the community and it wasn’t an easy journey. But today, we are blessed because of his faithfullness to God and that of the ministry of Billy Graham. Through Billy’s ministry the whole community was reached.
It was through programs like “The Hour of Decision” that my own faith was awakened and the gospel message made simple and easy to understand. God Bless Mr. Graham and his family.