Billy Graham Center

BGEA: Records of Director of Overseas Television Ministry - Collection 342

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

General Historical Background of Billy Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Historical Background and Biography

Biography of Charles Ward

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

Lists of Books, Oversize Materials, and Photographs in This Collection (Location Records)
List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Container List)

Brief Description.
This collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, television programming schedules, budgets, invoices, scripts, photographs, and other materials relating to the work of the director, Charles Ward, including other aspects of his career unrelated to the television ministry, dating from 1966 to 1976. Hour-long Graham telecasts were edited, translated, and lip sync dubbed into Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, and Chinese. There are restrictions on the use of this collection.

Collection 342
[October 24, 2016]
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; 1950-
Director of Overseas Television Ministry; 1970-
Records; 1966-1978, n.d.
3 Boxes (DC; 1.4 cu. ft.), Books, Photographs


The BGEA retains the copyright to their materials and their permission is needed for quotation. BGEA permission is also required to copy photos, audio recordings, or films in this collection, as well as paper records in any restricted files. The Archives staff will provide the form needed to request copying permission. Paper records in files not otherwise restricted may be copied. For quotation permission, contact the BGEA at

Historical Background

Because a knowledge of the organizational history of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) would also be helpful in using this collection, a brief history of the organization and a biography of Billy Graham is available. Ask the Archives staff to see a copy or view the copy at the Archives Web site at:

Operating under the name "Television Crusades," the BGEA took hour-long Graham telecasts which they felt could be culturally adapted to foreign situations, edited them down to one-half hour, translated and lip sync dubbed them into foreign languages. They launched the project in 1970, under the leadership of Charles Ward, with three programs in Spanish and by 1973 were distributing nineteen programs in six languages (Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish). Thousands of letters were received which indicated the effectiveness of this type of ministry, in spite of the fact that it was, in many countries, the first time this type of programming had been attempted. By 1977 the programs were reaching out into sixteen countries, but at that time the BGEA announced that it would be discontinuing the work.


Charles G. Ward was born in Southard, Oklahoma, in 1918 to Art E. and Vergie Disney Ward, and grew up in Denver, Colorado. He attended Moody Bible Institute from 1936 to 1939. He served with the Evangelical Alliance Mission as a missionary in Venezuela (1941-1952), Uruguay (1953-1957), and Ecuador (1958-1961). In 1961, he became director of the Billy Graham Association in Latin America and served in that capacity until 1967. At that time, he became Crusade Associate for the BGEA. In 1970 he was made director of the newly established overseas television ministry, in which position he continued in until 1978. As last as 1991, Ward was still actively working for the BGEA in South America. He died August 13, 2001.

Note: In the Scope & Content section, the notation "folder 2-5" means "Box 2, Folder 5"]

Scope and Content

The materials in this collection include correspondence, reports, budgets, viewer's letters, television scripts, station schedules, handbills, invoices for television time, photographs, posters, and newspaper clippings of advertising for television programs featuring Billy Graham. The materials are filed according to country, except for general reports and television scripts and then by date, if any. The material was received in no discernable order; the processed order is therefore that of the archivist. Duplicate material was removed and discarded. The materials primarily cover the years 1972 to 1978, with a few materials from 1967 and 1970. Please see the Container List in this guide for a list of the countries which are represented in the material in this collection.

The Country Files are made up, in differing amounts, of correspondence about television programming, viewer response letters in a number of languages (French, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish, for example), program schedules, response statistics, financial statements, television time and advertising invoices, handbills, and newspaper clippings of advertisements which appeared in local papers. There are maps showing the locations of television stations in the files for Argentina (Folder 1-1), Japan (Folder 1-17), and Korea (Folder 2-1). Reports prepared for BGEA team meetings containing statistics and quotes from response mail may be found in Folder 3-2. Scripts, control sheets, and song translations for various languages are found in Folders 3-3 to 3-7.

Correspondence with BGEA and other Christian leaders can be found as follows: Walter Bennett (Folder 3-2); Billy Kim (Folder 2-1); Far East Broadcasting Company in Seoul, Korea (Folder 2-1); Nene Ramientos of the Philippines (Folder 2-6; includes a letter dated January 4, 1978, addressed to Samuel Jones, BGEA--Hong Kong, lamenting the fact that the television ministry had been discontinued). In Folder 3-1, there is a citation from the Chief of Kum-san Police Station in Korea with thanks for the television program and personal follow-up to the men in prison there.


The materials for this collection were received by the Center in July, 1980, from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Accession #80-91
April 23, 1991
Janyce H. Nasgowitz
T. Pokela

Accession: 80-91
Type of Material: Books

The following items have been given to the BGC LIBRARY:

Following the Path of Jesus (Minneapolis, MN: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association [printed by the Assemblies of God Literature Centre, Accra, Ghana]; n.d.). 3 copies.

Graham, Billy. A Dinamica do Novo Homem (in Portuguese; excerpts from Mundo em Chamas) (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; n.d.). 3 copies.

______. Choisir Jesus-Christ: Messages a la Television par Billy Graham (in French) (Minneapolis, MN: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; 1971). 4 copies.

______. Come Ottenere Pace Con Dio (in Italian; How to Find Peace with God) (Naples, Italy: Edizioni Centro Biblico; 1976). 2 copies.

______. Crusade of Billy Graham: Messages from Television[?] (in Korean. Same cover as Choisir Jesus-Christ. Messages a la Television par Billy Graham; apparently for the 1973 Korean Crusade) (n.p.; 1973). 2 copies.

______. Cruzada Billy Graham pela Televisao (in Portuguese) (Sao Paulo, Brazil: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; 1971). 3 copies.

______. Cruzada por Television Con el Dr. Billy Graham (in Spanish) (Buenos Aires, Argentina: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; 1971. 2 copies.

______. Deus Nao Esta Longe (in Portuguese) (Sao Paulo, Brazil: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, n.d. 12 copies.

______. Dieu Accessible a Tous (in French) (Winnipeg, Canada: World Wide Publications; 1976). 5 copies.

______. Dinamica del Hombre Nuevo (in Spanish, extracts from El Mundo en Llamas, World Aflame) (Buenos Aires, Argentina: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; n.d.). 2 copies.

______. God is Not Far Away (Minneapolis, MN: World Wide Publications; n.d.).

______. God is Not Far Away (in Japanese) (Minneapolis, MN: World Wide Pictures ["The Jesus Generation" Zondervan Publishing House]; 1971). 3 copies.

______. God is Within Your Reach (in Chinese?) (n.p.; n.d.). 3 copies.

Graham, Billy. God is Within Your Reach[?] (same cover as above; in Korean?) (n.p.; n.d.). 4 copies.

______. How to Find God (in Japanese) (New York: Doubleday and Co., 1966 [Japanese translation rights arranged through Charles E. Tuttle Co., Inc., Tokyo]). 7 copies.

______. How to Find Peace with God (Excerpts only, in English) (Minneapolis, MN: World Wide Pictures; n.d.). 2 copies.

______. How to Find Peace with God (Six chapters only, in Chinese) (Hong Kong: Baptist Press; n.d.). 2 versions, 4 copies each.

______. L'Homme Transforme (in French, excerpts from Un Monde en Flammes) (Paris, France: World Wide Publications; n.d.). 2 copies.

______. New Man, The (in Japanese) (Minneapolis, MN: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; n.d.). 3 copies.

______. New Man, The (in Korean, from World Aflame; preface in English, with a number of spelling errors) (n.p., n.d.). 5 copies.

______. O Casamento E O Lar (in Portuguese) (Sao Paulo, Brazil: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; n.d.). 3 copies.

______. O Mundo de Amanha (The World of Tomorrow in Portuguese) (Minneapolis, MN: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; 1965). 7 copies.

______. Peace with God (in Korean) (New York: Doubleday and Co., Inc.; Korean edition; 1973). 6 copies.

______. Todavia Dios Habla? (in Spanish, excerpts from El Mundo en Llamas, World Aflame) (Buenos Aires, Argentina: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; 1975). 3 copies.

______. Y Manana Que? (in Spanish, excerpts from El Mundo en Llamas, World Aflame) (Buenos Aires, Argentina: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; 1965.

Stott, John R. W. Our Guilty Silence (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1967).


Accession: 80-91
Type of material: Photographs

The following items are located in the PHOTO FILE; request by folder title (in bold) at the beginning of each entry below.

BGEA: SOUTHWEST CRUSADE, GREATER, 1971. Photographs of the crowds in Texas Stadium, Irving, TX, one during the day and one in the evening. 1971. 2 color.

BGEA: TAIPEI CRUSADE, 1975. Photographs apparently taken of television screens during broadcasts of programs at the time of the Taipei Crusade of 1975; includes scenes of Billy Graham preaching, announcers, and television offers. Eight of these are mounted on poster board. 1975. 33 color.

GRAHAM, WILLIAM FRANKLIN JR. Photographs of Billy Graham for use by the BGEA in their television advertising for foreign television programming; one photo of a poster which includes a picture of Graham; N.d. 15 b&w, 4 color.

MASS MEDIA IN RELIGION. Photographs apparently taken during the filming of a television interview program; includes shots of set with various people talking to each other and shots showing the cameras and technicians at work, perhaps in Korea. Photo of a car provided for mission work as the result of a radio challenge on a Billy Graham program. There is also a photograph of letters received as a result of a 1972 television series in Puerto Rico. 1970, 1972, n.d. 2 b&w, 12 color.


Box Folder Item
Country Files
1 1 Argentina; 1972-77, n.d.
1 2 Aruba and Curacao; 1973
1 3 Belgium, Luxembourg, and Monte Carlo; 1973, 1975
1 4 Bolivia; 1972
1 5 Brazil; 1973-77, n.d.
1 6 Canada; 1973-77, n.d.
1 7 Chile; 1974, 1976
1 8 Costa Rica; 1974-76
1 9 Dominican Republic; 1972
1 10 Ecuador; 1972-73, n.d.
1 11 El Salvador; 1973, 1976
1 12 Guatemala; 1972, 1975
1 13 Haiti; 1973
1 14 Honduras; 1976
1 15 Hong Kong
1 16 Italy; 1977-78
1 17 Japan; 1973-75, 1977
2 1 Korea; 1974-77
2 2 Mexico; 1972, 1976
2 3 Nicaragua; 1973, 1975-76
2 4 Panama; 1973, 1977
2 5 Peru; 1972, n.d.
2 6 Philippines; 1975-78
2 7 Puerto Rico; 1967, 1970-77, n.d.
2 8 Taiwan (Republic of China); 1974-77
2 9 United States (Programs in Spanish); 1972
2 10 Uruguay; n.d.
2 11 Venezuela; 1973-77
2 12 Zambia; 1973
3 1 Miscellaneous materials; 1966, 1973-74
3 2 Overseas Television Reports and Proposed Budgets; 1972-78
3 3 Scripts and Control Sheets: Overseas Television Programs; n.d.
Scripts and Song Translations--
3 4 Chinese; n.d.
3 5 French; n.d.
3 6 Italian; n.d.
3 7 Spanish; n.d.

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