Graham has been sharply critical of President Biden’s pullout from Afghanistan, saying, “the blood of this nation’ will be on his hands.”
(RNS) — Franklin Graham, who has been sharply critical of President Biden’s pullout from Afghanistan, has called for a day of prayer for the people of Afghanistan on Sunday (Aug. 22).
Graham, the president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse, the international Christian relief and evangelism organization, as well as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said the situation in Afghanistan is dire.
“There is no hope for these people to get out safely — apart from a miracle from the hand of God — and that’s what we need to pray for,” said Graham.
He was joined in his call for prayer by his youngest son, Edward, who is now working for Samaritan’s Purse and served in six combat deployments with U.S. Army Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan.
“I spent years there and lost many friends,” said Edward Graham. “There are many Afghan people that I love. This is a manmade disaster and there isn’t a person or an organization that can fix this. Only God can deliver us from this crisis.”
This is not the first time the evangelical preacher has called for prayer. Prior to the 2020 presidential election, he organized a mass prayer march from the Lincoln Memorial to the steps of the U.S. Capitol. He has done so on numerous other occasions.
Graham, a frequent White House guest and sometime adviser to former President Donald Trump, has sharply criticized the chaotic evacuation of troops, personnel and others helpful to the 20-year war effort from Kabul, the capitol.
“Do you miss President Trump yet?” he wrote on Facebook on Aug. 16. “I do.”
He then criticized what he said was a lack of planning for safely evacuating Afghans and others, especially Christians.
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