‘Jesus Christ Is a Living Hope,’ Franklin Graham Tells Thousands in Wilmington

By TJ Petrino, Paul Sherar & Laurie Crutchfield   •   October 5, 2019

Wilmington, North Carolina, marked the third stop of the eight-city Decision America Tar Heel State Tour with Franklin Graham. Some 8,200 people attended Saturday’s event at Legion Stadium, which usually hosts soccer games and other sporting events.
Wilmington got a taste of fall weather on Saturday, with cooler temperatures and rain. “It’s just gonna be a sprinkle or two,” Franklin Graham assured the crowd with a smile. And despite the weather, they stuck around to hear what he had to say about the saving power of Jesus Christ.
The Decision America Tar Heel State Tour is all about sharing the hope of Jesus Christ and uniting Americans in prayer for North Carolina and the nation. "Our country is in a mess," Franklin Graham said. “And I can tell you there’s no one politician who can fix this. … The only One who can fix the problems of this nation is God.”
Wilmington is known for its historic charm and draws tourists from around the nation looking for a relaxing beach stay. Still, the riverfront city faces issues like human trafficking, homelessness and other social problems. But those at Saturday's event were reminded of this lasting truth: God forgives and overcomes every sin, big or small.
Speaking about how divided the United States is, Franklin Graham asked the crowd to join hands and pray for healing across the country. 1 Timothy 2:2 says, "I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way."
Jeremey Camp was joined onstage by his wife, Adrienne, who also sings. The two sent up praises to God, leading the crowd in the popular worship song "Overcome."
"When it sprinkles, the Bible says it's a sign of God's blessing," Franklin Graham said. "And God is blessing here tonight."
"Jesus Christ is the only hope. He’s a living hope!" Franklin Graham declared boldly at the Saturday afternoon event. Thousands have heard this message of hope at each stop of the tour so far, which is also streaming live online for many more to watch.
Holding back tears, this young man stood as Franklin Graham gave the invitation to accept Christ. "By standing you’re saying to God, 'I’m sorry. … I believe [Christ] died for me, and I want Him to come into my heart,'" Franklin Graham said from the podium.
"There is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” —Luke 15:10 (ESV)
Newfound brothers in the faith.
Volunteers from every city on the Tar Heel State Tour have been essential. Some pass out free T-shirts while others assist with setup and greeting attendees. Hundreds of others also took part in the ministry's Christian Life and Witness training. These lessons taught prayer counselors for each event how to share their faith and explain the Gospel to those who make a decision for Christ.
Even down to the little ones, God's presence was evident.
Franklin Graham's home state of North Carolina has provided a beautiful backdrop for sharing the Gospel message.
The Decision America Tar Heel State Tour across North Carolina continues Sunday in Raleigh. Join in praying for all who attend this prayer event in the capital city and that God will move in a mighty way.