A Snapshot of Ho Chi Minh City as Franklin Graham Shares the Gospel

By TJ Petrino   •   March 3, 2023

The two-day Spring Love Festival with Franklin Graham started Saturday in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The evangelist shared the Gospel in Hanoi in 2017—the first Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) Crusade event held in this country.
With more than 9 million residents, the city is divided into 24 districts. In the Binh Thanh district, this 81-story skyscraper towers above apartment buildings and the Saigon River.
Residents shop and relax at one of many markets.
Church leaders presented Franklin Graham with a beautiful painting representing the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15.
At a luncheon before the Spring Love Festival, BGEA team members and local church leaders lifted up their praise to the Lord as they looked forward to what He will do during the outreach.
The Independence Palace, also known as Reunification Palace, is a historic site in Ho Chi Minh City. It previously served as the home and office of South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu during the war.
Rice is a daily staple for the Vietnamese people. This worker is watering rice plants, also known as paddies, in a field outside the city.
Street vendors are very common in the city, selling fresh fruit, bread, and more. This woman is wearing a nón lá, a traditional hat worn for protection from the hot sun and rain. When made out of straw, it can be dipped in water and used as a cooling device.
The People’s Committee Building, also known as Ho Chi Minh City Hall, is French colonial in style and was built in the early 1900s.
Earlier this week, a group gathered to pray at the Phú Thọ Sports Facility, where thousands heard the Good News of Jesus Christ on Saturday and more will on Sunday. Will you join local Christians in praying that many people in this busy city will welcome Jesus Christ into their hearts during the Spring Love Festival?