At 84, Billy Graham still not ready to stop preaching

Wednesday, June 18th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- The Reverend Billy Graham is sometimes too weak to walk on stage by himself, he shakes a bit from Parkinson's disease and he says he's half deaf.

But the 84-year-old evangelist who has logged thousands of miles to preach the gospel says he has no plans to give it up.

Graham is considering a possible mission to Kansas City in October, and if he feels up to it, a trip to London next May to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his 12-week mission there in 1954.

Graham says he isn't sure he has the strength to hold another crusade four months from now, but says he'll check with his doctors, talk to his wife, and pray about it.

Graham's Oklahoma City mission filled up the Ford Center and sent thousands to a convention center to watch a live television feed.

Graham says the mission drained him physically and mentally, but not spiritually. He says he feels spiritually exhilarated