Franklin Graham spearheads relief efforts to Ukraine, encourages Christians to pray for Putin

by Seth Udinski

Seth Udinski, FISM News


Franklin Graham, leader of the legendary American pastor Billy Graham and head of both Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is spearheading Christian efforts to provide help for the innocent Ukrainians as they fend off a catastrophic invasion from Russia.

Graham revealed in an interview with The Christian Post that his Samaritan’s Purse team has established hospitals in the region and will plan to take patients the week. He said,

We went to Ukraine and asked if there was a need for that. As soon as we told them we could bring a hospital, they were very eager for us to do so…You’ve got people that are diabetic, you’ve got people with heart conditions, high blood pressure, all of these kinds of things are just normal everyday problems of life. On top of that, you have a lot of people that … have been wounded … due to the shelling. And so, you have to throw that into the mix. We will be doing a lot of treating trauma.

Graham has also spoken out about the need for Christians to not only pray for the innocent Ukrainians and believers in the region, but also for the perpetrator of this war, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Some took offense to Graham’s encouragement to pray for such an evil man, but Graham observed that this is the right response for Christians because it is what God commands.

Praying for them does not mean that we support them. It doesn’t mean that we agree with them. We’re doing what God commands us to do, and that’s to pray. I would encourage people to continue to pray for the leaders in this part of the world that an agreement can be reached…I’m not a supporter of Putin, but I am a supporter of having good relations. I think it’s important that we have good relations with all the nations of the world.