“Having this family legacy of proclaiming the Gospel is a gift,” said Will Graham in the BillyGraham.TV special The Legacy of the Gospel. Over the coming weeks we will be sharing a new limited blog series that takes a look at this family legacy.
On The Road Preaching the Gospel in Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Route 66 God Loves You Tour is now more than half way through as Franklin Graham has been traveling on a 2,000-mile trip with eight stops along historic Route 66. The Tour began Sunday, Sept. 19 4 p.m., in Joliet, Illinois and will end in San Bernardino, California, on Oct. 2. Franklin is reminding people how much God loves them and wants to have a personal relationship with them.
The Sixth Stop on Route 66 God Loves You Tour: Albuquerque, New Mexico
The sixth stop on Franklin Graham’s Route 66 God Loves You Tour is Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. at EXPO New Mexico.
A Legacy of Ministry in New Mexico
Both Billy Graham, and his son Franklin Graham, have a history in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In fact, in his book Just As I Am, Billy Graham shared about one of the most memorable evangelistic events for him personally. It was during a Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1998 when his son, Franklin, preached the first two nights and Billy Graham preached for the last two meetings.
“It reconfirmed in my own mind that God’s hand was on Franklin in an unmistakable way, and that he was uniquely gifted to reach a new generation with the message of the Gospel,” Billy Graham remarked. “Since then Franklin has kept a busy pace, accepting invitations for evangelistic Crusades (which he calls “Festivals”) in dozens of major cities in the United States and around the world. I believe that his clear proclamation of Christ as the only way of salvation coupled with his compassionate outreach to those in need through the ministry of Samaritan’s Purse have made him an effective messenger of the Gospel in this generation.”
The Festival took place at the University of New Mexico’s arena called “The Pit.” More than 47,000 people came to hear both Billy Graham and Franklin Graham preach the Gospel.
In the early days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he held a Crusade in Albuquerque in 1952. The Crusade took place at a specially constructed tabernacle at E. Central Avenue and San Mateo — just a couple of blocks away where his son, Franklin, will preach at EXPO New Mexico on September 28. Over 133,000 people attended that event.
Years later, Billy Graham held another Crusade — this time at the University of New Mexico in 1975. The Crusade took place at Lobo Arena where about 122,000 people came to hear Mr. Graham preach.
To find out more about Billy Graham’s ministry around the country and even the world, make sure to visit the Billy Graham Library. Admission is always free. Plan your visit today at www.BillyGrahamLibrary.org.