Franklin Graham, Will Graham Preach on Same Weekend in Iceland, Japan

By   •   September 26, 2013

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Two continents on opposite sides of the globe will host evangelistic outreaches this weekend in what some might consider two of the most unlikely places:

Iceland and Japan.

But forget for a second all the studies that show how small the Christian populations are in these countries.  Yes, Iceland is less than 4 percent; Japan around 1 percent.

Consider the call that convicts both a father and son both to share the Gospel in places where many people don’t even believe God exists.

That’s the challenge at hand this weekend for Franklin and Will Graham. And they both fervently request your prayers.

“Both of us are in tough places right now,” said Will Graham, who will be preaching near where  people are still recovering from the March 2011 tsunami and nuclear power plant meltdown. “But we believe we’re both where God wants us to be.”

Specifically, Franklin Graham is in Reykjavik, Iceland, this week preparing for the Festival of Hope (or Hátíð Vonar) while Will Graham took the bullet train from Japan to Fukushima on Thursday for the Celebration of Hope.

“With dad being in Europe and I’m in Asia, that’s what the Gospel is about,” Will Graham said. “I guess in one sense we’re preaching to the uttermost parts of the world.”

Billy Graham’s events were well-known as “Crusades,” where he covered 185 countries and territories with the Gospel in nearly 60 years.  Franklin Graham has preached the Good News at his “Festivals,” — more than 150 of them since 1989. Will Graham is in now in his 8th year of sharing Christ at his “Celebrations.”

“It shows how God has anointed that family and working through them to spread the Gospel message,” said Ken Barun, Chief of Staff at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Always one to deflect any glory to the Heavenly Father, Billy Graham is set to turn 95 on Nov. 7 and is inviting the U.S. and Canada to celebrate with him with a passionate project called My Hope with Billy Graham.

A 30-minute program called “The Cross,” features a new message to America that has burdened Mr. Graham along with other life-changing testimonies. The program  will air on his birthday and in the following days across North America both on live TV as well as streaming internet and DVDs distributed through the more than 22,000 involved churches.

My Hope gives believers a chance to invite their friends over to watch—and then opens up the door to ask them if they’d like to invite Christ into their lives. Just like Franklin Graham and Will Graham will be doing just hours apart on both Sept. 28 and 29.

“It’s the uniqueness of three different people in three different countries in three different languages but all speaking the same message,” Barun said. “It’s all about this thing called hope. And the message prevails over everything.”

But all three evangelists will be the first to say change can only happen one way — on our knees. And so far, more than 40 churches in Iceland and 60 in Fukushima have been praying for months, even years for this weekend.

“We need prayer,” Franklin Graham said. “We cannot do a Festival without prayer. It takes people praying for the unsaved.”

And it takes boldness to proclaim Christ as the catalyst of real change.

“Jesus died for the Japanese people. Jesus died for the people in Iceland,” Will Graham said. “Jesus died for the people in Asia for Europe for America and for the world. That’s what we’ll be preaching this weekend.”

Follow updates on the two outreaches this weekend on BillyGraham.org, Facebook or Twitter.

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17 Comments

  1. Gunnar says:

    Welcome to Iceland Rev. Graham.

  2. kitoshi says:

    May these two countries be blessed as we were blessed in Nagaland.through The Billy Graham CRUSADE way back. I wasn't born then but I do hear about it often. Great is thy Faithfulness.

  3. Gina says:

    On my knees on your behalf, that my God will watch over you and protect you and may His word go forth and accomplish His will, praying for safety.

  4. Jon says:

    I was just there this past spring. It is definitely a country in need of the gospel. I will be praying for you.

  5. Ray. says:

    God bless you in Iceland. It is wonderful to see evangelists carrying out their gifting and call.

  6. Ruth Sassaman says:

    Both you Franklin and your son will be in our prayers @ this time. Thank you for being obediate servants. God is going to do amazing things thru these services. At this time our world needs prayer more than anything. Asking that God move . God Bless

  7. Pastor Mohan David says:

    Dear Bro.Franklin,I am from India.May God bless your Gospel Work as never before.

  8. Diana says:

    God Bless you Franklin and Will as you do the Lord's work. May the Lord protect you, guide you and provide for you!

  9. Billy. says:

    HALLELUYAH. GOD be praised.I thank GOD for this family, even for the life of Billy Graham. I pray hat they will enjoy good success. The mission will not be a failure. the devil has lost, the gospel will be preached, people will be saved. GOD anoint them with fresh oil, as they preach, miracles, signs and wonders shall be present.I pray that GOD uses me too.GOD bless Billy Graham.

  10. Beverly says:

    Billy, Franklin, and Will, I just want to let you know how much I appreciate the work you have done in your lifetimes for the Lord. Will pray for you and the message of hope for a lost world. I pray the Lord comes soon ! GOD bless you.