Decision Texas Photos: Waco

By Ron Nickel and Earl Davidson   •   October 19, 2017

group of students
Waco marked the sixth of seven stops on The Lone Star Tour with Franklin Graham. The series of prayer rallies across Texas ended Thursday in Longview.
Franklin Graham
Joking with the crowd, Franklin Graham took a moment to reminisce on his Texas barbecue experiences. “I’ve had brisket and ribs, I think, almost every day," he laughed. "I’m going to go home a little heavier."
It wasn't long, though, before Franklin Graham got to the heart of why he's been touring Texas. "Our country is in trouble," he said. "But God can bring change ... and it starts right here with prayer."
students worshiping
Wednesday's crowd was filled with young people unashamed to worship God.
Waco shirt
This shirt is the result of a revival event held earlier this year in Waco. Church leaders and residents throughout the area have sensed for a while the need for prayer and a turning back to God in their city.
young lady praying
“It’s never too late to come to Jesus. ... Let God put His arms around you tonight," Franklin Graham said during the invitation to accept Christ in Waco.
crowd in Waco
More than 7,200 attendees covered Baylor University’s Touchdown Alley—an open space usually designated for tailgating during the school’s popular football season.
Franklin Graham with crowd
"If we don’t repent, if we don’t run from our sins, we’re going to perish for eternity," Franklin Graham warned, explaining that even a white lie is a sin that separates us from God.
group accepting Christ
Many walked forward to make a decision for Christ. Each received a "Living in Christ" booklet that explains what it means to walk with God. Local volunteer counselors, prayer partners and Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains were also readily available to pray with individuals and answer spiritual questions.
Crowder has performed at each stop of the Decision Texas tour. His lyrics touch on the heart of the Gospel: “Lift your head weary sinner, the river's just ahead. Down the path of forgiveness, salvation's waiting there.”
Dennis Agajanian
“Jesus Christ is a greater Savior than you are a sinner," Dennis Agajanian said before leading the crowd in singing "How Great Thou Art."
group laying on ground
Perhaps the best view for fireworks.
"There's a celebration in Heaven," Franklin Graham said, referring to the rejoicing that takes place when a person gives his or her life to Christ.
man worshiping in crowd
Please join in praying for the last stop of The Lone Star Tour with Franklin Graham, happening tonight in Longview, Texas. Watch the event live at 7:30 p.m. CDT.