Puerto Rico Crusade Reaches Thousands for Christ
Acting in faith on the biblical command to "go into all the world" and carrying on the legacy of his father, Franklin Graham this weekend made his way to Puerto Rico, "the pearl of the Caribbean," to share the Gospel with thousands of people, just as his father, Billy, did in 1967 and then again in 1995.
An estimated 11,000 people gathered and another 3,700 watched a live stream of the event online, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Under cloudy skies in the open air Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Franklin preached the message of salvation in Jesus Christ alone. The weekend crusade is set to finish up Sunday when the last meeting of the Festival of Hope (Festival de Esperanza) is hosted at the stadium at 4pm Eastern and televised via internet around the world.
A reported 1,300 churches joined in the efforts of Graham, to train and serve to reach the harvest in Puerto Rico. "Many have fasted, and thousands of counselors and volunteers have prayed leading up to the Festival. Hundreds came to a prayer dedication service on Thursday night.
And that, says Franklin Graham, is why the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association came back to Puerto Rico. Friday morning, hours before the Festival opened, Franklin Graham shared his hope that 'there will be people who want to run forward and give their lives to Christ.'"
Photo: Franklin Graham brought the Gospel—the only message that can change the human heart—to the Festival de Esperanza (or Festival of Hope) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday. Galo Vasquez, director of BGEA's Latin American Festivals, translated the message in Spanish. (credit BGEA)