The Beginning

By   •   October 31, 2008

When Cliff Baker returned from a Billy Graham School of Evangelism at The Cove in 2005, he told his wife: “Katy, we really need to go there.”

So, on April 26, 2006, the couple drove to Asheville, N.C., for an SOE. After one session, Katy walked past a table with materials about Franklin Graham Festivals. Her heart quickened. She and several women had been praying weekly for youths across South Carolina.

Now she prayed: ‘Lord, I don’t want to get ahead of You, but this could be an answer to our prayer.” The man in charge of the table saw her nametag.

“Are you from Charleston?” he asked.

“Yes,” she said. Then he said something almost prophetic. “Billy Graham has always had a heart for Charleston. He has prayed that a door would open for us to have a Festival there.”

Katy and Cliff agreed to take the idea of having a Festival in Charleston back to the faith community there.

“I was reluctant,” Cliff said. “I didn’t think I knew enough people to make this happen. We were new there.”

But pastors were eager. Charleston was long overdue for an evangelistic event. A steering committee was appointed, and preparations began.

Read more Lowcountry Festival coverage online at billygraham.org/Charleston

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