Second Night of Brazos Valley Festival 2002 with Franklin Graham Draws 9,300

Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn
Friday, 3 May 2002

The second night of Brazos Valley Festival 2002 with Franklin Graham picked up where the first night left off. More than 9,300 people attended the meeting at Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M University.

The Dennis Agajanian Band treated the crowd to rousing bluegrass guitar music. The Charlie Daniels Band and Jaci Velasquez each performed special music that got the crowd on its feet.

Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer, relief workers with Shelter Now International and former Taliban prisoners, shared their story of God's faithfulness to them during their captivity. They said that their motivation for going to Afghanistan was the same motivation behind the Brazos Valley Festival -- to tell people about the love of Jesus.

In his message Franklin Graham told about how he resisted surrendering his life to God. "I wanted to party. I wanted to have fun. I wanted excitement. But there was an emptiness in my life."

Graham said that nothing would fill the void in his life. "All of us have a vacuum that can only be filled by God Himself, and we cannot have that void filled until we come into relationship with Him."

"Do you want to be set free? Do you want to be forgiven tonight?" Graham asked. "You can be, if you're willing to accept Christ tonight."

When Franklin Graham extended an invitation to receive Jesus Christ, some 450 people committed their lives to Jesus Christ. One man who came forward said, "I have attended church for more than 50 years, but this is the first time that I've understood salvation." His wife came forward with him and prayed to receive Jesus Christ as well.

On Saturday morning Bibleman (Willie Aames) and Jeni Varnadeau will present the Gospel at the Festival's children's service. The evening service will have an emphasis on youth. Jars of Clay and Jennifer Knapp will be the special guests.

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