A ‘Monumental’ Finish to the Decision America Tour

By   •   October 13, 2016

crowd of 14,000 in Raleigh NC
A crowd estimated to be more than 14,000 strong joined Franklin Graham in Raleigh, North Carolina, for the 50th and final Decision America Tour prayer rally on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.

An outdoor event in Iowa. During the middle of a workday. In January.

Franklin Graham had a unique calling: to hold prayer rallies in all 50 state capitals. But he’ll be the first to tell you that 282 days ago, waiting for noon to come around in windy and snowy Des Moines, with temperatures in the teens—it was a bit of a challenge.

“I thought to myself, if 50 people showed up, that would be a pretty good crowd,” Franklin Graham said, opening the final Decision America Tour stop on Thursday in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Fifty? Ha.

An estimated 2,500 concerned Americans launched Franklin Graham’s “campaign for God” that day in January on the ice-packed Iowa State Capitol steps. The Decision America Tour was officially off and running.

Finishing the tour with a massive crowd of about 14,200 in his home state, he reflected on when it all began.

“They didn’t come to hear me,” Franklin Graham said. “They came to pray.”

Did they ever. Attendees endured 18-degree bitterness in Concord, New Hampshire; downpours in Jefferson City, Missouri; a 100-degree heat index in Springfield, Illinois.

Protesters tried to derail the tour—particularly organizers in California, Wisconsin and in the upper corners of the U.S. But nothing stopped nearly a quarter of a million people from standing with Franklin Graham across the nation, passionately crying out to God to save this country.

And nothing has changed the message.

“America is in trouble,” Franklin Graham said on the steps of the North Carolina State Capitol Thursday. “Our only hope is in Almighty God.”

chaplains pray with woman
Rapid Response Team chaplains join in prayer during the final stop of the Decision America Tour.

A total of 236,950—an average of nearly 5,000 people per stop—joined the Decision America Tour in person. Add to that more than 150,000 live views online. Thursday alone, over 287,000 people watched via Facebook Live.

Franklin Graham’s three-fold message has been simple and steady: Pray. Vote. Engage.

“Freedom of religion was intended so we can live out our religion 24/7,” Franklin Graham said. “Our job as Christians is to make the impact of Christ felt in every facet of life.”

Among the 14,000-plus crowd on Thursday were Diane and Randy Vaughn, who drove 90 miles from Kernersville, North Carolina, to witness the historic tour finale.

“I agree with everything Franklin Graham said—period,” Randy said.

“I think it’s monumental,” Diane said of the tour’s final stop. “He’s a bold voice. Everyone knows the Graham name. And to go to every state capital shows his commitment and his service to the Lord. I don’t know anyone else who has done this.

“I think it’s pretty cool that he did stop No. 50 here in North Carolina.”

More than 111,000 people have signed the Decision America Tour pledge, which calls on Christians to live out their faith in private and public, vote for candidates who support biblical values, and prayerfully consider running for office.

In other words: Pray. Vote. Engage.

“I was just talking to my husband about running for an office,” Raleigh resident Lynn Dixon said. “I don’t know what office, but I’m going to start praying about it. Franklin said start praying about running, and I can do that.”

In addition to calling Christians to action, Franklin Graham has shared a clear Gospel message at all 50 stops, giving everyone in attendance an opportunity to make a decision to follow Jesus Christ. As a result, more than 8,000 people nationwide have responded. “If you’ve never invited Christ in your heart, you can do that right now,” he said Thursday.

The tour ended with Franklin Graham imploring everyone to keep praying for America, to get involved in local politics and to be a “community organizer for God.”

Just before the final shofar was blown, he reminded those listening of the difference they could make.

“We can only do it if we surrender ourselves completely to God, allowing Him to work in us,” Franklin Graham said. “We need your voice. We need the Christian voice.”

Fired-up and ready to act, Dixon added a hearty amen to what was said on Thursday.

“Oh my goodness, we’ve got to pray,” she said. “I know Franklin Graham is a praying man. I know God had to call him to do this.

“I just hope God calls him to do some more.”


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  1. Terri Rauscher says:

    I am so happy you went out over the 50 states to get people out to vote. Please get people’s attention once again to let them know the fight has just begun. To go and vote for Congress and the Senate. For every political office. That the LGBT are doing what they can to get what they want. Shouldn’t we be fighting for equality and a nation under GOD. If you have any suggestions for me I would be more than willing to do anything to help.

  2. Debbie says:

    I am very glad that Reverend Graham has been traveling the country and praying with people. I watched Dr. Charles Stanley this morning and we all prayed for renewal, revival, and people to open their eyes and live Godly lives. We should speak with others and pray together with people for the Lord to hear us and heal us.

  3. Phil Pless says:

    Thank God for Dr. Billy Graham and Rev. Franklin Graham for their Spirit-filled ministry. I was saved through Dr. Graham’s ministry on December 7, 1969 and have walked with the Lord since then. We need to pray for America that she will come back to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. I am behind you all 100%.

  4. Aida Toy says:

    I agree with Franklin Graham in every way and with his father, Billy Graham as he preached to America regarding a moral and spiritual awakening and revival. Amen and amen!

  5. Jeffrey Carroll says:

    Thank YOU all for rallying with us in Columbus, Ohio. Please come again and again. My/Our prayers are with your team and this GREAT Nation. May GOD’s Grace touch every person today and beyond. Praise GOD and his HOLY NAME. Pray and VOTE!

  6. Andrea Beychevelle says:

    I am so proud of Franklin for having the gusto to go to all 50 states and ask the people to pray and vote. I know it was a tiring task but God gave him strength and he finished with a huge crowd. Billy and Franklin have been an inspiration. I only wish all churches had leaders as devoted to the same strong desires that you and your father had. Thank you Franklin for all you are doing in continuing your father’s work and the desire to see our country improve. God bless you Franklin.

  7. Janet Shook says:

    Prayers are the answer to the world problems. God is in control. May God bless you Dr. Franklin Graham

  8. Vicki Gann says:

    It is easy to preach the Word but we have to all live it out in our lives by surrendering ourselves to Christ, following His Spirit, His life, instructions and ways through His death, and resurrection, and today and for over 200 years America has created a church following man instead of God in many ways. Today we need to leave the religion man has created and truly follow His Spirit of truth through His Word and His instructions so His followers can be the pure bride He is seeking that the first church was. The people who truly want to follow Him need to pray for a pure heart for Him and Him alone.

  9. MB. Martinez says:

    Mr. Franklin, I think it was great that you did the prayer rallys. I think more of similar events are needed for the country.