Franklin Graham Meets the Press in Osaka

By   •   October 22, 2010

Q:/ Can you tell us more about why you have come to Osaka?

GRAHAM: We have come to your city this week at the invitation of about 400 churches. There have been many people who have worked and prayed for this week. We have over 1000 volunteers that will be working each night. I want to express my deep gratitude to the churches that invited us. We have come to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to give the people of this great city an opportunity to find peace with God through faith in his son Jesus Christ.

Q:/ How do you measure of an event like this?

GRAHAM: The success of any evangelical meeting depends on prayer. There have been thousands of people praying. If one person were to give their life to Jesus Christ this week, it would be successful. God made each and every one of us. He cares for us. But the human race has a problem. The human race has broken God’s standard. As a result we are separated from God. But if we’re willing to accept God’s salvation – His son Jesus Christ, God will forgive us, He’ll heal our hearts and He will reveal his plan for our lives.

Q:/ Did you get any advice from your father before you came?

GRAHAM: My father will be 92 next month. His health is fairly good for 92 years of age. Yes, he said, “Franklin, please greet everyone for me. I am now an old man. I don’t believe anyone will remember me. But just in case someone might remember me, please greet them.”

My father is still very engaged. He works a little bit every day. He hopes he can preach one more time. Whether he’ll have the strength to do that, I don’t know, but he’s working toward that. My mother passed away more than two years ago and that was very difficult for him. My mother and father were very close.

But he knows about these meetings here today, he is praying for us. He loves Japan. He loves the food, he loves the people, and he has many, many fond memories of ministry here among the Japanese people.

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  1. Yasmine says:

    I am so thankful for the Kansai Franklin Graham Festival that took place in October. I truly believe this was ordained by God in preparation for what was to come…the earthquake, tsunami, and the dire nuclear issues facing Japan. This includes the needs of all who are displaced from their homes or in shelters. The harvest is ripe for Japan and as Franklin Graham stated, “This is Japan's Time.” I believe this with all my heart. I am half Japanese and have family in Tokyo. I have prayed for years for my family and for the country of Japan to hear the gospel and to have a true awakening to the saving grace, forgiveness of sins, and hope that can come only through Jesus. God bless BGEA and Samaritans Purse for their efforts and their work with the churches in Japan. I have asked God so many times about why there was so little concentration on spreading the gospel to the country of Japan. They are wonderful, wonderful people…I know now that the Lord has heard my prayers and I will continue to pray for BGEA and Samaritans Purse and support their efforts financially as they spread the Gospel and provide the basic needs to the dear, dear people of Japan. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for answering the call to ministry to Japan!

  2. Artem says:

    You have my prayers

  3. Mark Says... says:

    May God touch the heart of a spiritual champion in Japan who will help turn the tide in the spiritual battle in Japan. Praying for you…

  4. Roger says:

    I am praying for the Lord to bless the people of Japan through the life and ministry of Franklin Graham. May many come to faith in Jesus Chirst. I look forward to being in Osaka in a few days.

  5. Sean says:

    everything to Him in prayers!

  6. Jim says:

    To a very successful mission and trip. My prayers and thoughts.

  7. Wes says:

    We are praying for you , the festival and for the Japanese people.