It’s not often an evangelist with the following of Billy Graham’s son Franklin hosts Gospel events in communities as small as Jackson, Tenn., home to about 68,000 people.
Fresh from the success of the 2016 Decision America Tour that drew a total of 230,000 people to prayer rallies in all 50 states, Franklin Graham is focusing on small and medium-sized towns in Tennessee in May as he continues his national call to prayer.
“Last year I went to all 50 state capitols to pray at those capitols, and thousands upon thousands of you joined me on those steps praying for the future of our country,” said Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and the international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse. “God has given me a burden to go back, this time to preach in medium and smaller cities across states and regions.”
Jackson is the smallest city on the week-long tour. Graham will begin his tour May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Chattanooga’s Coolidge Park, continue to Clarksville May 18 at Liberty Park, and travel to Jackson May 19 at Fairgrounds Park. The tour culminates May 21 in Memphis, the largest city on tap, at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and Fairgrounds. All events are at 7:30 p.m. local time and will include prayer, praise and worship, and a Gospel message.
Graham is encouraging America to pray for a miracle, “the kind of miracle that will solve the racial, political and cultural divisions that are leaving people across America filled with fear and uncertainty,” BGEA said in a press release.
Seven stops are planned in Texas this fall, BGEA said, with other states targeted in the coming years. Texas tour dates and cities have not been released.
Graham is coordinating with local Christian churches to prepare communities for the Tennessee tour, said tour director Lawrence Swicegood.
“Thousands of churches and tens of thousands of people are excited to come together this May to pray for their communities in the Volunteer state,” Swicegood said.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press