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Seminary Students Praying for Graham

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WAKE FOREST — World-famous evangelist Billy Graham isrecovering from a form of pneumonia. Doctors are treating him withintravenous antibiotics at a Jacksonville, Florida hospital.

Dr. Charles Burger says the 79-year-old Graham is recovering nicely andis in fair but stable condition. He says Graham will remain hospitalizedfor a few days but can't say how many.

Meanwhile, in the Triangle, a quiet, contemplative mood has gripped thecampus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest. Students, faculty and staff are all thinking about Billy Graham. Seminarysecretary Judy Autry says Graham has always been a part of her life.

They prayed for Graham's full recovery Thursday. The minister haspreached in the Wake Forest school many times, and has had a major impacton the lives of its students. Seminary student Barry Nelson says Grahamhas always set an example for others who aspire to the ministry.

Many of the Southeastern students attended Billy Graham's crusade inCharlotte last year. Seminary student Daryl Oliver says everyone at theschool is praying for Graham.

One student said Billy Graham had inspired him to attend seminary.He says he's praying particularly hard for the recovery of his religioushero.

Relatives and friends say they were surprised to hear of Graham'scondition. They say he appeared rather robust recently during a meeting ofthe Billy Graham ministry.