I work at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as a prayer line associate. I take calls from people all over the world who are believing God to intervene in their life. It's an amazing ministry!
While being a part of this ministry I get to hear about Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son, travel to nations and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. The pictures below display one such visit to New Zealand where almost 17,000 people came to the meetings!
Auckland: Prior to sharing the Gospel, Franklin Graham took a moment to pray alongside singer Jeremy Camp and his wife, Adrienne.
Auckland: Prior to sharing the GospAuckland: This man was one of the first to walk forward in response to the Gospel at the final stop on the tour.
Auckland: “God is on the move in New Zealand,” said Josh Havens of The Afters.
Auckland: A woman kneels in a moment of prayer and worship before our Heavenly Father.
Auckland: Interpreters helped share Franklin Graham's message in multiple languages during the event, and prayer counselors were available afterward to speak to people in their native tongue.
Auckland: More than 7,000 people filled The Trusts Arena and this overflow area outside.
Auckland: A few members of the Tommy Coomes Band join guitarist Dennis Agajanian onstage to lead the crowd in singing "Goodness of God."
Auckland: “Whatever storm you face, Jesus can calm it. Whatever mountain is in front of you, He can conquer it," Franklin Graham shared.
Auckland: Franklin Graham shared the Biblical parable of the prodigal son, who came back home to his father after a period of rebellion. Following the Gospel message, many streamed forward to receive forgiveness from their Heavenly Father and surrender their lives to Jesus Christ.
Wellington: “God’s not dead. He’s alive and He’s here in Wellington tonight,” Franklin Graham told the crowd. Of the hundreds who responded to the Gospel message, the majority were younger than 25.
Wellington: A joyful moment of worship to our God who delights in His children.
Wellington: Along Wellington’s bustling waterfront, more than 3,000 people poured into TSB Arena, the capital city’s largest indoor venue. “New Zealand needs Jesus. Jesus brings hope. He brings love. He sets the captives free,” said one God Loves You Tour volunteer. “Right now in New Zealand, that’s what we need, from our youth especially.”
Wellington: “Thank you for letting us feel at home,” said Josh Havens of The Afters. As he sang “What Home Feels Like,” he adjusted the lyrics to, “There is no place I’d rather be than with you, Kiwis,” while raising the New Zealand flag.
Wellington: Singer Jeremy Camp shared his testimony about how his faith was tested after his first wife died from cancer. His story was depicted in the movie “I Still Believe,” and a Kiwi played his role in the film.
Wellington: Many who participated in the God Loves You Tour remember when Billy Graham visited their country decades ago. One 11-year-old who accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior talked with a prayer counselor who attended Billy Graham’s Crusade in Wellington in 1959.
Christchurch: Thousands of New Zealanders—also known as Kiwis—attended the first stop of the God Loves You Tour in Christchurch on the South Island.
Christchurch: Believers worship at the outreach that one pastor described as the largest Christian event in Christchurch in the last 25 years.
Wellington: The beautiful melodies and lyrics sung by the Tommy Coomes Band encouraged the crowd to recognize the power of Jesus’ Name.
Christchurch: “Inside Christchurch Arena, God moved in the lives of many,” Franklin Graham posted on social media: “We thank God for every heart that was touched, every life that was changed, and every person—young and old—who responded to the invitation to turn from their sins and put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ."
Christchurch: Those who came forward prayed with volunteer counselors and received helpful materials to help them grow in their faith. Afterward, it was time to celebrate. The band The Afters welcomed some attendees on stage with them as they marked the joyous moment with song.
Christchurch: “You can reset your life tonight by putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ,” said Franklin Graham, sharing the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19.