Franklin Graham Greets Budapest Media

By   •   May 31, 2012

Greeting a room full of journalists from Hungary and other Eastern European countries, Franklin Graham today explained the reason for his visit to Budapest: “We are here to preach God’s Gospel at the invitation of area churches.”

Recalling his visit to Hungary in the 1980s with his father, Graham noted that not only has the nation changed, but the world has as well. “We have great problems—economic problems, political problems—and no one seems to have the answer. And that’s because our problem is a spiritual problem.”

God created us, but sin has separated us from Him. The only way to be reconciled to God is through a relationship with Jesus Christ, said Graham.

Some 312 churches from various denominations have united to engage in this evangelistic outreach, which kicks off June 1 at Papp Laszlo Budapest Sport Arena for three nights.

The program will include a variety of musical guests, including a thousand-voice choir, opera performances, the Air Force Band, and worship from acts like Michael W. Smith and Casting Crowns.

“Everyone will find something to enjoy. But this isn’t a weekend event,” said Graham. “This effort took more than a year’s worth of work, planning and prayer. There has been a small army of people working behind the scenes.”

In response to questions from several journalists, Graham noted that the Festival is not driven by any particular denomination: “We are grateful for the support of all the churches. The Gospel isn’t for one creed or doctrine. We all have doctrinal differences but the need for the Gospel unites us.”

As he flew over Budapest on his arrival, said Graham, he began to pray: “I prayed that many lives will be changed this weekend. I cannot change lives but God can use His Word in a mighty way.

“We’re committed to preaching the truth as revealed in the Bible, and we proclaim the Gospel that changes hearts and saves souls for eternity.”

Other Articles about this Festival

The Herald of Hope: Day One
Building Blocks in Budapest
Countdown to Festival of Hope in Hungary

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  1. David says:

    AS always Franklin does not compromise the gospel > Lord Bless this wonderful ministry and please supply all it's material needs as well. Protect them from all of the world's attacks and all satanic attacks that will come their way.Lord Thank You

  2. Diane says:

    (Isa 55:11) So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.Praise God for all the saved souls today…

  3. Kevin says:

    All of God's mercy power grace and love come down on all those attending and others in Budapest who couldn't be there Thank You Jesus for saving us from our sins Amen

  4. Vince says:

    God Bless Hungary!!unity that whats matter the most in times like these in our society go go go