Glenn Beck interviewed Franklin Graham, president of non-denominational Christian international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse and son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham, Wednesday evening, and the pair traced the history of Franklin's organization and the lessons he learned from his father.
Franklin detailed the challenges of working under government contracts, as Samaritan's Purse refuses to hide or downplay its Christian message, even when well-meaning government officials balk at the co-mingling of church and state.
"We do some government contracts, but we're very careful in taking a government contract," Franklin explained. "We want to make sure that we as Christians are not forced to lose identity. I want everybody that we help, Glenn, to know that God loves them. I want them to know that Jesus Christ died for their sins, that God raised him to life, and that he can come into a person's heart. I want them to know that."
Franklin also pointed out that the vast majority of his organization's revenue — between 90 and 95 percent — comes from small donations of under $100: "There are people that will give you large gifts, but the majority are people that give you, you know, the small gifts. And then they say, 'And we will pray for you.' And I'd rather have their prayers than their finances to be honest with you. To have somebody praying for you is huge."
Finally, Franklin shared an update on his 98-year-old father's health, describing him as "okay" but "old." He also remarked on his mother's jovial outlook on life, recalling, "My mother had a huge sense of humor. She loved to play jokes. She was fun."