More than 1,000 turn to Jesus in Falkirk event
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has just completed a three day evangelism event at Falkirk Stadium, in partnership with over 200 churches across Central Scotland -
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has just completed a three-day evangelism event at Falkirk Stadium, in partnership with over 200 churches across central Scotland.
More than 1,000 people indicated a decision for Christ, with hundreds doing so during the event itself and hundreds more online and through discipleship courses.
The Central Scotland Celebration of Hope saw churches invite Will Graham, grandson of the late Rev Billy Graham, to come to Scotland and share the Gospel. Will had held a similar event in Peterhead just a year ago and the churches of Central Scotland were inspired.
Will Graham was joined by American Christian musician Aaron Shust who lead worship each night, as well as being joined by upcoming group The Afters and the multi-award-winning Newsboys. The event also featured a ‘Kidzfest’ event with British performed Duggie Dug-Dug.
Michael Rollo, a local church leader and member of the committee shared the impact that the event had on him.
“…it’s just been humbling to see what God has done… I believe that what we’ve sown here we will reap in the days to come.” Rollo continued “There’s a legacy for the generation coming behind. Many many young people have come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ”.
Whilst few other evangelists hold such large scale events, stadium evangelism has continued to see many come to Christ due to the simple focus on preaching the Gospel.
When asked what encouragement he’d give to those wanting to hold a similar event, Michael Rollo said; “Go for it! When God is in it, he will make a way. When God stands with his people, he is able to open the waters of the Red Sea. The enemy will come against you, there will be resistance. but God is still a God who can make a way.”
The Falkirk event is just the first of such events planned by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in the UK. Franklin Graham, president of the organisation and son of the late Billy Graham, will be visiting Blackpool in September 2018.
Lee Searle, Director of Ministry for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in the UK shared his excitement about the future of evangelism in the UK.
“This event in Falkirk has shown that there is still a passion for mass evangelism in the UK. We saw over 1,000 people come to Christ, who may not have otherwise been presented with that opportunity. Along with the thousands finding Christ through our internet evangelism, we are seeing a new hunger for Christ.”
Searle continued; “People are at a loss as to where to turn in life. We use these events to tell them that there is a real hope and his name is Jesus. But we are also doing these events with urgency. As Will Graham reminded us this weekend when he preached, People are going to Hell and we want to point them to Jesus, with urgency. None of us know how much time we have”.
The Lancashire Festival of Hope, with Franklin Graham, will be held at the Blackpool Winter Gardens from September 21-23. Tickets are free and can be found at www.lancashirefestivalofhope.co.uk