Billy Graham’s first Crusade

Seventy years ago this month, Billy Graham held his very first citywide Crusade in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This rare, colorful advertisement promoting this initial Crusade is featured in a new special display, Answering the Call, located in The Journey of Faith at the Billy Graham Library.

During this initial Crusade, Billy Graham was employed by Youth for Christ as their first full-time evangelist, which is why Youth for Christ’s name appears on this advertisement. (The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association would be created three years later).

Six thousand people came to hear Mr. Graham preach from September 13-September 21 in Grand Rapids—five hundred of those inquired about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Only God knew that this first Crusade would be the beginning of Billy Graham’s lifetime of ministry to the world.

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  1. Clinton Over says:

    Thank you Dr Billy Graham….. You are a hero to me!!!

  2. Brenda Putnam says:

    I am so thankful for this ministry. May God continue to bless you as you move forward spreading his message!

  3. Philip Buckland says:

    A wonderful ministry

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