‘A Major Breakthrough’ in Blackpool

By   •   September 23, 2018

For months leading up to the Lancashire Festival of Hope in Blackpool, England, activists protested the event. That didn't stop hundreds from attending, and thousands more watched online through the live stream. Inside the Winter Gardens Opera House Sunday, a joyful noise could be heard from the lobby outside.
Blackpool is on England's west coast, bordering the Irish Sea. Billy Graham held a Crusade there in 1982, in the same venue where Franklin Graham preached over the weekend.
Michael W. Smith shared with the crowd that he lost a dear friend earlier this year. That friend was Billy Graham, he said, before singing "Friends Are Friends Forever."
One of the sweetest moments of any Festival is seeing children curious to know more about Jesus Christ. For every person who walks forward at the invitation, he or she receives the Gospel of John and guidance for growing in their faith.
Over the course of the three-day Festival, an estimated 9,000 people made their way to the event in person, while nearly 50,000 watched the live stream online.
"We are all poor without God. It doesn't matter who you are or what you have; we are all spiritually poor without God," Franklin Graham said.
Across the street from the Festival, a few dozen protesters showed up the first two nights, with a smaller group gathering the final night. Inside the venue, the Gospel was shared as always. "So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it." —Isaiah 55:11
An estimated 2,700 people came to the final night of the Lancashire Festival of Hope in Blackpool's Winter Gardens complex. Another 35,000 people watched the event online.
By the end of the Festival, hundreds had started a relationship with Jesus, either walking forward at the event or indicating their decision online.
In the months prior to the Blackpool Festival, local leaders prayed for a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The genuine response of those in attendance Sunday night represented many answered prayers.
The Tommy Coomes Band prepares to sing one last song before introducing Franklin Graham.
More than 200 churches and 1,300 church members were involved in the preparations for the Lancashire Festival of Hope. "If you talk to any pastor or church leader, they're grinning from ear to ear about what happened this weekend. It was a major breakthrough," said Vicar Steve Haskett of St John's Blackpool.
"Growing up, I didn't want God in my life," Franklin Graham said. After having a lot of fun, "you'd wake up the next morning and something was missing." Is something missing in your life?
Lara Martin started off the night with her son by her side to help lead worship.
“We’re here tonight ... to celebrate the goodness of God," Michael W. Smith said.
You don't need a special reason to talk to God, Franklin Graham said, encouraging new Christians to talk to Him regularly. Start your own relationship with God by welcoming His Son, Jesus Christ, into your life.

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  1. Marilyn S. says:

    Wonderful to see God working in England—the changed lives, unity of churches and renewed belief in the power of concerted prayer. Praise God!

  2. Yvonne Elkins says:

    I’ve been praying and praying that this event would be totally successful and it sure looks like it was! Thanks be to God.

  3. Harold Gardenhour says:

    This was truly a wonderful event that blessed many. On Sept. 9, I placed this event in our church bulletin for prayer. With respect to Blackpool and some opposition to the Festival, it is evident that Romans 5:20 prevailed: “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” May our blessed Lord be praised!

  4. Kay Hisey says:

    I’m so thankful to receive this report; I had been praying! Two hundred churches coming together as one! Praise the Lord!

  5. Ernest Robillard says:

    I praise the Lord for the BGEA and ask You, Father, to bring many, many more souls into the Kingdom. Unless, of course, you send Jesus right now, which would be wonderful!

  6. Karen Robillard says:

    Praise, glory and honor be to our God most high, King of heaven and earth, for granting the Blackpool Festival to not only take place despite the opposition, but for blessing it with the salvation of many souls! You are awesome, God! We praise you for your incredible faithfulness! We are so excited that God answered so wonderfully! And we are also so grateful that he kept Franklin and the entire team safe! We’ll keep praying for those who trusted in Christ—that they may go on to become mighty disciples! And we pray for the opposition, that they may yet be saved!

  7. Deborah Esparza says:

    I have been praying for weeks for this particular Crusade!!❤️

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