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Billy Graham’s home becomes retreat center for pastors

A residence in North Carolina which was once the home of the iconic evangelist Billy Graham has been turned into a center for pastoral restoration. The transformation took place through the efforts of a local businessman, Graham’s third daughter and actor Kirk Cameron. According to the description on the website, Billy’s Home Place, the sanctuary provides multiple opportunities to “rejuvenate pastors and also help in understanding the will of God by delving into “God’s Word.” The website also stated that missionaries and pastors won’t be charged for staying at the sanctuary. Ruth Graham, the wife of Billy Graham, once reported that the home was purchased by her parents in the late 1940s.

The Christian Post reports:

A North Carolina residence once home to world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham and his wife, Ruth, and their children during the most critical years of his ministry has been transformed into a sanctuary for pastoral restoration thanks to a local businessman, actor Kirk Cameron and the Grahams’ third daughter.

Charlotte businessman Stephen L. Thomas, Cameron and writer/speaker Ruth Graham joined together to make it possible, according to the website Billy’s Home Place.

It “offers several experiences designed to rejuvenate pastors and help believers discover God’s will through diving deep into God’s Word,” it says, adding, “If you serve as a vocational missionary or pastor with 20 or more years, take a few moments and fill out the Pastoral Rest and Sabbatical Form. There is no charge for pastors or missionaries who stay at Billy’s Home Place.”

About two years ago, the original family home of Billy and Ruth Graham in Montreat was put up for sale, listed at $599,000, as their daughter sought to raise funds for her own daughter’s medical treatments. The property was sold for $750,000 on Sept. 1, 2021, according to Redfin.

Ruth Graham, whose daughter was suffering from a multisystem disorder that affects different areas of the body, told The Christian Post in a statement at the time that her parents purchased the home in the late 1940s.

Read the full article here.

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