Partnering to Reach the Nation’s “Invisible Neighbors”

According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, approximately 630,000 people in the United States are homeless on any given night. Many of them are served through one of the 275 Association of Gospel Rescue Mission (AGRM) member missions across the nation.

This year, My Hope America with Billy Graham is partnering with the AGRM to share the hope of Christ with these individuals and families. Along with thousands of homes and churches, participating rescue missions will not only show their guests radical hospitality, but also a new evangelistic video program with an inspirational message from Billy Graham.

“The appealing venues for My Hope America are the dining rooms and living rooms of caring neighbors,” AGRM President John Ashmen points out. “But what about our invisible neighbors—those without homes who rarely experience a sense of community? For them, gospel rescue missions across our country will open wide their doors. They will be invited in. They will be fed. They will be made comfortable. And they, too, will hear Dr. Billy Graham’s heart for our nation. Just like the core of Dr. Graham’s message, no one who wants in will be left out.”

“This message of hope found only in a relationship with Jesus Christ is the same for all people,” said Preston Parrish, vice president for My Hope America with Billy Graham. “The greatest gift you can offer anyone is the gift of God’s love through a relationship with Jesus Christ.”

“The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions is honored to be partnering with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for the My Hope America initiative,” added Ashmen. “While the demographics of our country may be changing, the need for people to find bedrock spiritual grounding has not changed. Through decades past, Dr. Billy Graham has helped countless thousands find that grounding through an unmodified, unapologetic presentation of the restorative Gospel of Jesus. Dr. Graham’s voice, with that paramount message, most certainly needs to be heard again.”

Join us in praying for AGRM as they continue to reach out and show God’s love to the homeless! To learn more about the ministry of AGRM, visit