Just a few years removed from a deadly civil war that took the lives of more than 250,000 people, the west African nation of Liberia is slowly healing. As Liberia mends, the nation is fertile ground for the gospel, what evangelist Franklin Graham and local churches have offered to Liberians at a recently concluded festival in Monrovia, the capital.
“In 2007, while visiting Liberia my heart was saddened by the destruction I saw,” said Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse. “Yet, as I returned this week I have seen so much change and hope: services are improving, businesses are coming back and I notice the smiles on the faces of the people returning. Life is returning to Liberia – and eternal life is exactly why I’m here.”
Graham was in Liberia at the invitation of 1,100 local churches to hold the “All Liberia Life Festival” at Monrovia’s SKD Stadium, March 25-27, 2011. The three-day event recorded 91,000 people in attendance and 14,140 responded to the invitation to receive Jesus Christ as their savior.
This was Graham’s first evangelistic event in Liberia, but Samaritan’s Purse, his international relief organization, has been active in the country for many years helping people with $20 million in aid including: water and sanitation, health and hygiene education, agriculture, livestock and literacy projects.
A Graham Festival was held in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in January and stateside festivals are scheduled for Los Angeles in June and for Milwaukee and Denver in August. Graham Festivals are designed to win people to Jesus Christ and to make them His disciples.
Source: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association