Franklin Graham Festivals in Eastern Europe Draw More than 45,000

Franlin GrahamMore than 15,000 from across the Eastern European nation of Georgia and more than 30,000 in Warsaw, Poland, gathered this month to hear Franklin Graham preach the Gospel.

In Tbilisi, Georgia, thousands packed into the auditorium of the country’s largest evangelical church and in overflow areas just outside its courtyard after the original venue suffered a fire earlier in the week, rendering it unusable for the June 6-8 "Festival of Hope."

For months, believers all around the nation of Georgia prayed every night for changed hearts and lives at the "Festival of Hope in Tbilisi." In the end, more than 1,000 made the decision to receive Christ.

“The media have told us there are strong and powerful forces working against us,” Franklin Graham said, according to a report by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), where Graham serves as President. “Well, guess what, we’ve got a very strong and powerful God working for us.”

The following weekend, a two-night event in Warsaw, Poland, ended with thousands of responses to the invitation to accept Christ. While more than 30,000 people filled the city’s Pepsi Arena, even more outside of Warsaw watched the June 14-15 event online.

“Some of us have been waiting for this moment for many years,” shared Wladyslaw Dwulat, Executive Chairman of the "Festiwal Nadziei" ("Festival of Hope"). “I’m hoping this will change the city and us.”

Franklin Graham will hold events in the U.S. and Canada later this year.

For dates and information, visit the BGEA website.

Published: June 19, 2014