Puerto Rico to Hold First Franklin Graham Festival of the Year

By   •   January 10, 2017

San Juan, Puerto Rico, where Franklin Graham will share the Gospel Feb. 10-12.

A thousand miles off the Florida coast is the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States and the first place Franklin Graham will share the Gospel with the masses in 2017.

The Festival of Hope (or Festival de Esperanza) will be held Feb. 10-12 in the capital of San Juan, one of the largest harbors in the Caribbean.

Local leaders there have a burden for their homeland and started pursuing an event with BGEA back in 2011.

“Usually God puts the same burden on the heart of the evangelist,” said Viktor Hamm, vice president of BGEA’s Crusade team. “These two things always come together. And when they come together, you know it’s of the Lord.”

Protestantism has grown throughout Puerto Rico since the U.S. acquired the territory in 1898 following the Spanish-American War, but in the past five years, there’s been a significant decrease in church membership and attendance. Native religious traditions still have a hold in some areas.

“San Juan is a culture of religion,” Hamm said, yet less than 25 percent of Puerto Rico’s 35 million citizens identify as evangelicals.

Churches there are doing their part to see the island embrace a living, active faith in Christ.

About 1,400 churches around Puerto Rico are involved in February’s Festival, which will be held in the same stadium—Hiram Bithorn Stadium—where Billy Graham preached during the 1995 San Juan Global Mission, attended by over 175,000 people.

Hamm said Festival preparations are going well, with the local team having already led over 4,200 people through Christian Life and Witness classes, part of the training required to counsel people who respond to the Gospel during the Festival.

At a breakfast for church leaders at the end of October, over 600 pastors showed up. And many others kicked off 2017 with 40 days of prayer and fasting leading up to the event.

“There’s a tremendous sense of excitement, a tremendous sense of anticipation, and the churches are really coming together,” Hamm said. “This is a wonderful opportunity.”

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  1. Abraham Santiago says:

    I’m so thankful that Franklin Graham will be here in Puerto Rico to share the message of hope in Jesus Christ. We desperately need a Savior who is able to transform our lives by putting our trust in Him. We need to pray for Franklin that God the Holy Spirit would draw us to Jesus and that God would bind Satan so the Gospel would touch hearts. Psalm 116 :1-3

  2. Gustavo Haedo says:

    Pastor: I’ll be on business travel away from Puerto Rico during your visit. I’ll be praying for you. BTW, I meant to tell you that the short and on point message of the cross you gave during POTUS inauguration was excellent. God bless you and your family. Please hug your dad for me. His ministry has been huge in PR.

  3. Javier Perez says:

    I live in Puerto Rico and like to attend Franklyn Graham crusade and need additional information in accessing entry thanks -Javier Perez

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Javier,

      That’s great! Here is a link to the Festival website that should answer your questions. If not, let us know.

      Festival de Esperanza

  4. Migdalia Vasquez says:

    Good evening I would like some specific information about location and times of service that are to be held in Puerto Rico…in February of 2017 … thank you…

    1. BGEA says:

      Thank you for your message. Please visit http://www.festivaldeesperanzapr.com/ for details on the upcoming Festival.

    2. Alberto Ortiz Vega says:


  5. Thelma Nicholes says:

    Please pray about coming to Jeji Island, South Korea where 18,000 gods are worshipped!

  6. Evelyn says:

    The crusade will be a blessing for Puerto Rico 2017. I will be praying for the crusade too. Praise the Lord. Aleluja. I need you to pray for me and family, personal decision to work better and health too. Thank you always Graham organization.

  7. Sandi says:

    Lord, bless the efforts of the spiritual leaders in Puerto Rico. Bless Franklin Graham and those who will be traveling with him to the festival in February. Be an anointing and a rebirth of Your Spirit.