News from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association ― December 2019

Franklin Graham takes message of hope to Cambodia

Franklin Graham proclaimed the hope of Jesus Christ to 23,700 people in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Dec. 7 and 8. The two-day Love Phnom Penh Festival with Franklin Graham, held at the Phnom Penh City Center Driving Range, marks the largest Christian outreach ever held in the kingdom of Cambodia.

In a country that is reportedly 98 percent Buddhist, and where it is estimated that only 200 Christians survived the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge genocide in the late 1970s, 1,396 Cambodians made a decision to follow Jesus Christ at the festival.

“The Cambodian people are wonderful people, and I believe that God has a great plan for this nation and for the church in this country,” said Franklin Graham. “At the same time there’s still a great spiritual need in Cambodia, and that is to know God and have a relationship with Him.”

Graham was joined by a talented lineup of Cambodian and American musicians, including national favorite Jimmy Kiss.

The Love Phnom Penh Festival was the final outreach of 2019 for Franklin Graham. Earlier that year, he held multi-day Festivals in Bangkok, Thailand, and Cúcuta, Colombia, as well as multi-city tours in Australia, the northeastern United States, and North Carolina.


The Billy Graham Library welcomed more than 36,000 guests for 2019 Christmas at the Library

The Billy Graham Library hosted more than 36,000 guests for its 12th annual Christmas at the Library on Dec. 2-23. This celebration of the Christmas season has become an annual tradition for many, welcoming more than 459,000 visitors to Christmas at the Library since 2007.

Christmas at the Library focuses on proclaiming and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Guests enjoyed a live Nativity scene, horse-drawn carriage rides, Christmas story times for children, live music from Christmas carolers, Christmas light displays, a 26-foot decorated Christmas tree, holiday shopping and more. Additional activities including painting on the patio, a petting zoo, and Christmas dinners were also widely attended.

Visitors could also tour The Journey of Faith, the main presentation of the Library, which covers the life and ministry of evangelist Billy Graham. More than 100 people indicated a decision to follow Jesus Christ at Christmas at the Library.

To see photos from the 12th annual Christmas at the Library, visit billygraham.org/gallery/singing-for-joy-at-the-billy-graham-library/.


Franklin Graham and Will Graham to continue evangelistic outreach in 2020

Franklin Graham and Will Graham plan to bring a message of Good News to multiple cities and countries in 2020 through their evangelistic outreach events.

Franklin Graham started his 2020 schedule with the Decision America Sunshine State Tour in Florida, stopping in Jacksonville, Plant City, Panama City Beach, Key West, Boca Raton and Fort Myers. Visit DecisionAmerica.com for information and photos from the Sunshine State Tour.

In February, Graham will travel to the Northern Mariana Islands for the Marianas Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham on Feb. 21. Two days later, on Feb. 23, he will visit Guam for the Guåhan Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham.

Beginning in May of 2020, Franklin Graham will share the hope of Jesus Christ in eight cities across the United Kingdom for the Graham Tour UK. These events will include a message of hope from Franklin Graham, as well as live music from Planetshakers and Grammy-winning artist Michael W. Smith. More information can be found at grahamtouruk.billygraham.org/. Franklin Graham will also be visiting Cologne, Germany, for the Köln Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham on June 20.

Will Graham is bringing the Tiftarea Celebration with Will Graham to Tifton, Georgia, March 20-22. The following month, April 24-26, Graham will travel to Fairmont, West Virginia, for the Mountain State Celebration with Will Graham. Both Celebrations will include free, family-friendly events for people of all ages, featuring music from Christian artists and special messages from Will Graham about the love of Jesus Christ.

Also in 2020, Will Graham plans to hold a one-day outreach event in Knoxville, Tennessee, in May, and two weekend Celebrations in Canada in the fall.


If you would like more information about these, or other, updates from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, please contact media@billygraham.org. Complete press releases from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are available at media.billygraham.org