More Than 800 Commit Their Lives to Christ on Second Night of Franklin Graham Festival in El Salvador

Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn
Saturday, 16 March 2002

More than 800 people made decisions for Jesus Christ on the second evening of the "Jesus Christ, Hope for El Salvador" Festival with Franklin Graham.

Local artists opened the Festival meeting and were followed by Dennis Agajanian and the Gutierrez Brothers, Marcos Vidal, Jaci Velásquez and the Tommy Coomes Praise Band.

Franklin Graham based his message on the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. He explained that Zacchaeus knew the Scriptures, but that he was separated from God. "Many of you here tonight are separated from God," Graham said. "What you are missing is a personal relationship with God."

Graham told his audience about how he grew up in a religious home, but how he felt that something was missing in his life -- he had an emptiness. He said that he would try to talk to God, but because of the unforgiven sin in his life it felt like he was talking to a wall. "One night I got down on my knees and asked God to forgive me," Graham said. "He changed my heart."

One 85-year-old man was so moved by Graham's testimony that he was the first to reach the platform, eager to commit his life to Christ as well. He was thankful that Franklin Graham had come to bring hope to his country.

The "Jesus Christ, Hope for El Salvador" Festival concludes Saturday evening.

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