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From the Bookshelf of Billy Graham – May 2015

May 23, 2015

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In 1957, Billy Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association held what would be the longest Crusade event ever by team in New York City from May 1 through September 15 of that year.

Altogether, more than 2 million people attended the Crusade meetings and other events during the sixteen weeks we were in New York, with more than 61,000 inquirers (in addition to the 35,000 who wrote us indicating a decision as a result of the telecasts). … The stories of dramatic conversions were virtually endless.

One of those who attended the 1957 meetings was Jerome Hines, a famous opera singer who served as chairman of the New York Crusade music committee. Following the close of the meetings, a group of performing arts professionals who had come to Christ as a result of the Crusade the New York Christian Arts Fellowship. Hines would serve as their president.

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“This is My Story, This is My Song”, by Jerome Hines, chairman of the music committee at the 1957 New York Crusade. Inscription reads, “To Billy Graham, with fond memories. What a privilege it was to work with you. Blessings, Jerry Hines, Col. 3:16-17.”

The team returned to New York several more times, but it was the 1957 Crusade which Billy said in later years took the most out of him physically.

You can read more about the 1957 New York Crusade and more in Just As I Am by Billy Graham (1997, HaperCollins)