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Franklin Graham wraps up God Loves You Tour UK in London

Franklin Graham wrapped up the God Loves You Tour UK in London, with more than 700 people responding to the Gospel and making a decision for Christ. Thousands of people packed ExCeL London to hear a message of hope and God’s love. Several musical guests, including CeCe Winans, a 15-time Grammy winner and the best-selling female Gospel artist of all time, and multi-platinum selling artist Michael W. Smith, who has been honored with three Grammys and an American Music Award, also performed.

This was the final event of the four-city God Loves You Tour UK that began in May with stops in Liverpool, South Wales, and Sheffield. The tour was an outreach of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which has had an office in London since 1954. Christians from more than 1,000 churches across London volunteered with the God Loves You Tour UK because they believe the life-changing message of the Bible needs to be shared in their community.

This fall, Graham will travel to six cities across the U.S. to continue sharing the message of God’s love. To learn more visit


Native Peoples Tour with Will Graham brings message of hope

After years of planning and preparation, the Native Peoples Tour with Will Graham took place July 23 on the Rosebud Indian Reservation and July 24 near Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Both locations featured a special event for children called KidzFest, a meal, a free evening concert, and a message of hope from evangelist Will Graham of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

More than 120 volunteers representing 29 churches from both reservations and the surrounding communities helped to organize and hold these events.

“Jesus loved you so much that He left the vastness of Heaven. He came to earth, where He bled and died on the cross for you,” said Graham. “Jesus is giving you a second chance tonight. He’s offering the free gift of salvation. Are you ready to repent, believe, and ask Jesus to come into your life tonight?”

More than 150 people responded to the Gospel and made decisions for Christ on the two rural South Dakota reservations.


The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team responds to shootings and floods in July

Chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) deployed to three locations in July, two as a result of shootings.

Crisis-trained chaplains deployed to Allen, Kentucky, after a deadly shootout involving law enforcement. Two officers and a K-9 dog were killed in the incident. BG-RRT chaplains attended the officers’ funerals where over 1,800 people were in attendance. They were able to talk with, comfort and pray with many who knew the victims.

Then, days later, the Rapid Response team deployed to Highland Park, Illinois, after a gunman on a rooftop opened fire on a crowd at a Fourth of July parade. Seven people were killed and at least 30 others injured. “What an incredibly frightening situation. There are no words to lessen the pain of those families who are grieving right now,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT.

Meanwhile, heavy rains in southwest Virginia triggered flooding, power outages and damaged more than 100 homes. Chaplains ministered to residents there, providing emotional and spiritual support as they cleaned up from the storm.

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