‘We Can’t Say No’

By   •   August 24, 2012

In Acts chapter 8, verse 1, the Bible tells us, “At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria” (NKJV).

Today, 2,000 years later, the church is still under attack. Christians are still being scattered. In Iraq, Syria, Egypt—especially in the Islamic world—Christians are suffering and being forced to flee their homes.

In recent years, there is no place where the persecution has been greater than in Sudan, where 2 million people have been murdered over the last 20 years. Churches have been burned; pastors have been nailed to trees and their wives and daughters raped in front of their eyes by the soldiers of the Islamic Republic of Sudan. Thousands of refugees have fled across the border into South Sudan, many barely escaping with their lives.

South Sudan is a brand-new nation that just declared independence a year ago in June, and its capital, Juba, sits along the banks of the Nile River. The churches of this fledgling country have asked that we come and hold an evangelistic Crusade. They know that the only hope for their nation is the Lord Jesus Christ, and they want us to come and preach the “hope of the gospel” (Colossians 1:23). They know this is the only message that can change lives for eternity and shape the course of their country’s future.

We have accepted their urgent invitation to go, and we’ll be there in just a little more than two months, on October 26–27. We’re calling this Crusade “Hope for a New Nation.” This wasn’t something we had in our budget, but God had it in His plans. Yes, it will be hot and dusty, and the mosquitoes carry malaria—but what a privilege to stand with these pastors who have been persecuted so many years and to preach Jesus Christ, the Son of God, dead, buried, and risen to life. 

In Acts 5:19–20 the Bible gives us the account of Peter and the apostles being thrown in jail for preaching. They were under severe persecution. During the night, an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and set them free. Then immediately the angel gave them this command: “Go, stand and speak to the people … the whole message of this Life.” (NASB). That’s the same message these churches in Sudan want as many people as possible to hear.

You, too, can stand with these pastors through your prayers and support. You can invest in this Crusade and help us go and proclaim the Gospel message to those who so desperately need to hear. Please pray about how the Lord would have you become involved. This is an immediate opportunity to make a real difference in thousands of lives in this dangerous and troubled area of the world. 

Thank you and God bless you,

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Franklin Graham
President

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92 Comments

  1. Robert says:

    This is a very urgent need for those who desperately need the gospel. My prayers will be with you and your team in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to the people of Sudan. May God guide all of you safely there.

  2. dean says:

    god@jesus bless you rev grahammay the lord jesus christ guide you and your staff on this mission you are about to take we will pray on your safe trip back to the united state and god@jesus bless your father billy graham

  3. Mary says:

    Franklin, you are a good man who has received many blessings from our God. May He protect you and your staff while you are at this mission.

  4. robbie says:

    I saw Mr Billy Graham last nite on t.v. and I cannt belive I get a email from you today. May the peace of Jesus be with all that goes with a prayer in there hearts

  5. Marj says:

    od bless you for answering this call. Many would not, with all the obstacles and hardships. What a privilage you have.

  6. Cynthia says:

    I will be praying for Franklin and his brothers and sisters in Christ who will be travelling to Sudan….whenever I think of this crusade, I will offer up prayers that God's Truth will touch these people's hearts. Praise God.

  7. pedro says:

    i will not say anything related with this association, but in my humble opinion i want to say that iam in this way, looking to save souls accross Lord word because i belong to time sant of fire ministery in Angola/ Luanda.Jesus is ilive he my hope

  8. Phil says:

    Thank you for what you doing for the people of Sudan. I well also pray for you brother so the Lord Jesus Christ be there with you Brother Franklin and God bless you on your mission. Amen.

  9. JENNIE says:

    MY PRAYER IS THAT YOU AND YOUR STAFF WILL BE SAFE IN THIS VERY TROUBLED PLACE AND THAT MANY WILL HEAR THE GOSPEL AND THEIR LIVES CHANGED WILL BE CHANGED FOREVER.

  10. Betty says:

    I pray for this crusade, guide them with your love, protect them, and bring this region the hope, love and peace with the love of you, our Heavenly Father. Amen