Today as we celebrate the life of Billy Graham who has passed, our ministry gives thanks for his faithful ministry which led our founder to the Lord, and eventually to start Caring Hearts Ministry. Our founder, Harold McKamish was led to the Lord at a Billy Graham Crusade him and his wife Daisy were going through a hard time after Daisy’s brother had passed away at war. Daisy and Harold went to the crusade in search of something bigger than themselves, and they found it. The life change that took place at that crusade while listening to Billy Graham talk is what led them to start Caring Hearts Ministry, which has led many people to Christ over the past 30 years. We honor Billy Graham, and recognize how the Lord uses our lives for impacts greater than we will ever know.
Harold McKamish- 2/24/2018
I was busy doing various things around the house and decided to come in to the house and rest a bit. I turned on the T V and felt a sadness in my heart for a moment. I heard the announcer saying “ The Reverend Billy Graham had died at the age of 99 years old .” I say for a moment, because I know Billy Graham is now where he has been telling the world what they must do in order to be spending eternity with Jesus, and now he is there with the one he loved so much feeling the loving arms of his Savior wrapped around him.
As I sit there, my mind went back to my life in 1968. I was a young man at the age of 38. I was very busy in trying to support my family. You see, I felt the best way to support my family was to make more money to be able to give them what they need and to give them nicer things . But, that is not what they needed. They needed a daddy who could spend more time with them, playing with them, sharing good things with them and telling them more about this thing called life. they needed
a dad to show his love in ways other than providing things. There was turmoil within our home at that time.
Daisy’s brother was in the army. He had no business being there because of a medical problem he had, but non the less he was there. He was in Vietnam. One day in October 1968, we got word he was missing in action. This surprised us because he was due to come home. We found out later, he was due to come home but he signed up to go look for some of his comrade’s who were missing in action. He did not return and it took awhile before they found him. This was a very sad time for us.
I suggested that Daisy go to Florida to be with her mom and dad. While she was there, mothers day came, and it was on that mother’s day that the soldiers came and knocked on the door to tell them their son was killed.
A couple of weeks later, while discussing various things, I told Daisy there has to be more to life than this. All I was doing was working. If I had extra time, it was devoted to work of some kind. That week in the news paper I read Billy Graham was coming to town. it’s time to change your life. We went to the Billy Graham crusade at Pitt Stadium on that October day in 1968.
While I was sitting in my chair listening to the news about His death, my mind took me back to that stadium. I could hear his plea, his call, get up out of that seat, make your way down here to the front of the stage, don’t delay, come. and in my mind I could hear them singing , JUST AS I AM WITH OUT ONE PLEA, BUT THAT THY BLOOD WAS SHED FOR ME, AND THAT THOU DID’ST ME COME TO THEE, O LAMB OF GOD, I COME, I COME. As I sat in my chair, I saw myself standing in front of that stage looking into the eyes of Billy Graham and couldn’t wait to say yes to that alter call , and the feeling that I had. I truly felt that I was a new creature in Christ Jesus.
So hearing of Billy Graham’s passing was mixed emotions to me. But, I was so great full, and for ever more will be because it truly changed my life, and probably a lot of family members with out them realizing it. If you never asked Jesus Christ into your life, do not delay, do it right now . THANK YOU BILLY GRAHAM