Decision California Photos: Escondido

By   •   May 21, 2018

Hundreds had already found a spot on the lawn of Grape Day Park more than an hour before the event started. The Escondido crowd was an energetic one, and many said how excited they were to be a part of it.
Escondido was the first of 10 stops on the Decision America California Tour. An estimated 9,400 people came out to pray and worship together. Franklin Graham will also stop in Pasadena, Oxnard, Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, Santa Clara, Berkeley, Chico and Redding. Get details on the remaining stops.
The Decision America California Tour is made up of one-day prayer and evangelism events meant to bring communities together in repentance and faith. Franklin Graham heads to Oregon and Washington for the Pacific Northwest Tour this summer.
Jeremy Camp sang one of his most popular songs, “Overcome.” He told the crowd between verses: “This is the reason why the enemy is upset, because he knows he's been defeated. Jesus Christ went to the cross. There is victory and there is freedom because He died and rose again to give us new life."
A prayer volunteer explains to one boy about Jesus' love for him.
As Franklin ended his message, he asked anyone who wanted to invite Jesus into their lives to stand so volunteers could hand out small packets to help them grow in their faith. Here and there, people stood throughout the crowd as others applauded the decision they had just made.
Jeremy Camp was part of the Decision America Tennessee Tour last spring and is returning for the California Tour. “We need unity in this nation like never before,” he said, encouraging Christians gathered in Grape Day Park to join hands as a sign of togetherness.
The 10-city California Tour runs through June 5. Is it stopping anywhere near you? Find out.
Jeremy Camp, who lost his first wife to cancer, has been through his fair share of trials. But "God restored and God redeemed and God healed,” he said. God can heal the brokenness in your life, too.
Jesus can change the direction of your life, Franklin said. Will you let Him change yours?
California is home to a lot of famous people, but fame or fortune don’t amount to spiritual wealth. “Regardless of our earthly possessions,” Franklin said, “we are poor without God.”
“I want you to know God will come into your life tonight, into your heart,” Franklin said. “You’ve got a little window of opportunity tonight. Jesus is passing by.”
One of Franklin's closest friends, Dennis Agajanian, has performed at many BGEA events over the years. "It's good to be home!" he told the Escondido crowd on the first stop of the Decision America California Tour. Agajanian lives a short drive away in San Diego.
Hispanics make up about half of Escondido's population. Many in the crowd listened to Franklin's message through headphones as it was interpreted into Spanish.
The night ended with a laser show in the park. Even if you’re not in California, you can play a big part in the tour by praying for the state. Here are specific ways you can pray for upcoming stops.

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  1. Lucinda says:

    What a night at Grape Day Park! We had a group of eight who joined thousands to be uplifted by the music and a message from Franklin Graham. It was so wonderful to be gathered together with so many other Christians…glory to God!

  2. Margaret says:

    I’ve always loved hearing Billy Graham and I’d love to continue learning more about Jesus.

  3. Geoffrey Shepherd says:

    Franklin, it was great seeing a photograph of myself there in Escondido. The photograph shows a person wearing a yellow tee-shirt in the front row, by the American flag. That is me. I would love to show a copy of that photograph to Pastor Rick Warren, Senior Pastor of Saddleback church. Will the photograph be in the next issue of the Decision Magazine?

  4. Barbra Abbey says:

    Praying for you all.

  5. Susi Carlson says:

    I’m so disappointed I missed the Escondido worship. I was visiting San Diego during this time (and I am on the Samaratin’s Purse email list), but there was no local media coverage doing advance promo of this event in San Diego! I wonder why that is. I live in Virginia and will check for upcoming events in our area. God bless.

  6. Leticia Baez says:

    My Mom and I had a wonderful time at Grape Day Park. It is wonderful to see your father’s legacy live on through you and many others who have been touched by him through Jesus Christ.

  7. Jr says:

    Arrived at 6:30 for a 7:30 start and the park was 75-80% full with no seating provided (bring your own lawn chairs!). Come early to see booths from local radio stations and get your t-shirt while supplies last.

  8. Jocelyn Edmondson says:

    Was there as a prayer volunteer and it was beautiful. Made my heart glad to see all of us packed in there and the gospel preached. Praying for the rest of this tour. God bless.

  9. Thomas Morofski says:

    Wife Gloria and I thoroughly enjoyed first the reception with Franklin Graham, and then the amazing crowd at Grape Day Park. To God be the Glory! Romans 15:13

  10. Lydia Esparza says:

    Glad you are coming to Santa Clara, CA. I live in San Jose and work at Stanford hospital. I am a single mom of 3 kids. We plan on attending. What time should we arrive? How early? To grab good seats!

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