Franklin Graham to Bring Message of Hope to Hanoi

By   •   March 16, 2017

Woman at Yangon Festival in Myanmar with hands pressed together
In Myanmar, Christians held monthly prayer rallies for almost one-and-a-half years before the Yangon Love Joy Peace Festival.

When nearly two dozen pastors travel almost 700 miles to invite another pastor to preach in their country, it’s no small thing.

These pastors were praying for something big—something only God could orchestrate.

Last November, 22 pastors from Hanoi, Vietnam, attended the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Crusade in Myanmar (formerly Burma). More than 170,000 people attended the three-day Yangon Festival, and more than 7,600 indicated decisions for Jesus Christ.

It was Myanmar’s first evangelistic Crusade organized with the participation of all the country’s Christian denominations.

Praying for a move of God in their own country, the Vietnamese pastors stepped out in faith and invited Franklin Graham to hold a Crusade in Vietnam.

The evangelist was moved by the pastors’ boldness for Christ and their heart to win lost people to God. He accepted their invitation and will hold a Festival in Hanoi later this year.

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Vietnam is one of the few remaining communist nations in the world. And though the Asian nation officially allows freedom of religion, its churches and their activities are regulated and closely monitored.

It wasn’t always that way.

Long before the arrival of communism, Christianity had strong roots in Vietnam. Today, less than 10 percent of Vietnamese people identify as Christians.

A small yet mighty group, Vietnamese Christians are excited for this evangelistic outreach—the first of its kind in their country. Local teams of believers are working to engage churches across the region to take part in this winter’s Festival.

And they’re still praying. A lot.

The 22 pastors on this journey of faith, along with many other men and women of God, are trusting God to change hearts in Hanoi.

Just as they witnessed Him do nearly 700 miles west last November.

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” —Ezekiel 36:26, NKJV

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  1. Sharron Naab says:

    Thank you Franklin Graham for committing yourself to God’s use. BGEA has my daily prayers. God’s work is awesome!

  2. Sharon says:

    God has blessed you by providing places for you to go and preach Jesus Christ. He will provide the opportunity for you to go to Hanoi.

  3. Warren says:

    Few events in life please me more than to see people of all nationalities praising and worshiping our God and Savior. Thank God for BGEA, Samaritans Purse and all they do. May God bless your work mightily again and again as He has done.

  4. Pat says:

    One of my sons has fallen in love with this country. Gone there to set up a business in photography. I now see maybe what I didn’t at first, God is already there and like with Noah He is saying “come into this country”. My son has a heart for God. God seeks to save and to use the most unlikely of us asking only for obedience in HIS leading. Praying for these people, this country, and God’s unseen will. Our faith is in the unseen but confident will of Our Lord!