Graham family says the preacher's legacy will live on
With the world mourning the death of the beloved Rev. Billy Graham, a family member said his legacy will live on.
"It's a big loss to the family and a big loss to the world, but it's a big gain to heaven," Graham's nephew Mel Graham said.
Mel Graham said throughout the decades his uncle preached the word of God, and he always stuck to the same message.
"He wanted everybody to know God loved them and sent his son Jesus to die for them," he said. "That was the message. It never changed all these years."
Mel Graham said because his uncle's message never strayed, he was able to reach multiple generations.
"When my uncle first started, it was just newspaper, then radio, television, social media. So, I don't think it's any accident that God brought his ministry along when he did," his nephew said. "He was able to use many forms of media and adjust to the times."
During Billy Graham's last crusade in 2007 he was asked how he wanted to be remembered.
Spokesman Mark DeMoss said this is how Graham responded, "that I was faithful to the message that he gave and faithful to the calling that he gave me to go into the world and preach the gospel. That's how I'd like to be remembered."
Mel Graham said it's that kind of humility that attracted world leaders to his uncle.
"My uncle would hate all this attention tonight," Mel Graham said. "He always wanted the attention on Jesus."
When asked about the reverend's home life, Graham said his uncle was a simple man.
"He wears blue jeans, a comfortable pull over, he eats plain McDonald's hamburgers with sweet ice tea and has a cat on his lap," Mel Graham said.
Though his uncle may have passed, the younger Graham said he's not forgotten.
"He's more alive today then he was ever," Mel Graham said.