Jesus Christ, Hope for El Salvador Festival Ends on a High Note

Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn
Sunday, 17 March 2002

The final day of the "Jesus Christ, Hope for El Salvador" Festival began with a children's version of the Festival.

About 40,000 children and their parents and chaperones were treated to a kidstyle concert by Marcos Vidal, a high-energy musical drama, and, most importantly, an opportunity to accept Jesus into their hearts. More than 3,200 children -- and a few adults -- responded to the call to open their hearts to Jesus.

Later that day, the Cuscatlán Stadium opened its gates for the final meeting of the Festival. The 46,000 people in attendance experienced the musical highlight of the three-day event when The Tommy Coomes Praise Band, the Gutierrez Brothers, Jaci Velásquez and Marcos Vidal sang "Shout to the Lord" together in Spanish and English.

Taking his message from Luke 15:11-24, Franklin Graham pointed out that, like the prodigal son in the Scripture, people run away from God in their sin. "God is waiting for you to come back," Graham said. "He cannot force you (to come back). Tonight God will forgive you and cleanse you, but you have to ask Him."

Responding to Graham's invitiation to make a commitment to Jesus Christ, an emotional 19-year-old man said, "I'm just like that (prodigal son)." The man was reconciled with Christ in front of the platform.

During the Festival's three evening meetings, more than 4,800 people made commitments to Jesus Christ.

Franklin Graham's next evangelistic outreach is the North Central Florida Festival in Gainesville, Fla.

For more information, or to contact Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn, see their website at: www.billygraham.org

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