Billy Graham Accepts Invitation to Host June Crusade
- Thursday, January 08, 2004
Evangelist Billy Graham has accepted an invitation from area church and community leaders to hold a crusade in Kansas City, June 17-20, at Arrowhead Stadium, it was announced Jan. 8 at an announcement celebration held in the Chiefs Pavilion at the Truman Sports Complex.
Graham, who is at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, recovering from a partial hip replacement earlier this week, sent word of his acceptance in a letter read to the more than 260 local pastors gathered for the event. Doctors expect a complete recovery and don’t anticipate his recent injury will affect his 2004 ministry schedule in any way.
“I never expected to still be preaching at the age of 85, and yet my call to proclaim the Gospel is as strong as ever,” the evangelist writes. “For the past two years the Lord has given me a burden for Kansas City and the ‘Heart of America.’ Health permitting, I am honored to join hands with area pastors and churches to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel.”
Local leaders named to head the Heart of America Billy Graham Crusade include Mr. Richard Hastings, president and CEO of St. Luke’s Health System, who will serve as chair; and Dr. Charles Briscoe, pastor emeritus of Paseo Baptist Church, who was named co-chair. Both men expressed excitement for the Crusade and Graham’s acceptance of their city’s invitation.
“Kansas City is ready for this event,” Briscoe said. “I feel that every minute of my time involved in this Crusade is going to be a rich investment – that such a revival as we have never seen will come to the community, and that many souls will come to know Christ.”
Similarly, Hastings expects great things from the June outreach. “The results of previous Billy Graham crusades here in 1967 and 1978 are still evident in the lives of many Christians and churches,” Hastings said. “Now there is a new generation that needs to hear the Gospel. We believe the Heart of America Billy Graham Crusade, scheduled for June 2004, will positively affect Kansas City and the Midwest for years to come.”
According to Larry Turner, vice president of Billy Graham crusades, “The preparation for the Heart of America Billy Graham Crusade will involve churches from a six-state region: Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.” But he agreed with local organizers that the geographic location of this Crusade in America’s heartland could be a catalyst for revival – not only throughout the region but across the nation.
The Heart of America Billy Graham Crusade is one of two major campaigns Graham will conduct in 2004, with the second to be announced in early February.
Visit the Billy Graham website at www.billygraham.org/
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