Exactly Twenty Years After Billy Graham's Spokane Crusade, Son Franklin Returns to Challenge the Next Generation

Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn
Friday, 7 June 2002

The music is updated and the style of clothes have changed, but the timeless message will be exactly the same.

Twenty years to the day after Billy Graham held his 1982 crusade in Spokane, his son Franklin Graham will bring the Inland Northwest Festival 2002 to Joe Albi stadium, August 23-25.

Graham will offer this generation the same relevant message of hope his father brought to the area 20 years ago. In addition to Graham's nightly messages, audiences at the Festival will enjoy performances from award-winning contemporary artists, including Third Day, Jaci Velasquez, Kirk Franklin, Paul Overstreet, and Nicole C. Mullen. There will also be a special appearance by "BibleMan" (Willie Aames, of televison's "Charles in Charge") for a Saturday morning children's event.

To organize this event more than 370 area churches and thousands of local volunteers are hosting the Inland Northwest Festival 2002 with Franklin Graham. All Festival programs are open to the public and free of charge.

Other pre-Festival highlights include:

- Sun., June 9: Churches throughout Spokane will begin signing up volunteers for the more than 1,200-member Inland Norwest area choir.

- May 13-June 15: Christian Life and Witness counseling classes are scheduled to run for 5 weeks at 14 different locations throughout the Inland Northwest. These classes prepare volunteers to assist as counselors throughout the Festival weekend.

- The Inland Northwest Festival 2002 is a non-denominational effort organized through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and supported and planned by local church leaders from the area. Since 1989, Franklin Graham has held an average of seven Festivals each year as an evangelist for the BGEA. Graham serves the BGEA as president and CEO of the organization and continues to travel the world as president of the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse.

Last Christmas the people of Washington State contributed more than 51,500 shoe box gifts to Operation Christmas Child, a kids-helping-kids Christmas project of Samaritan's Purse. The shoe boxes, containing small toys, necessity items, school supplies, candy, family photos, and, often, a handwritten note, were collected from the region and sent along with more than 5 million others to underprivileged children suffering in war torn and poverty stricken countries around the globe.

This year, Graham, 49, is conducting Festivals in San Salvador, El Salvador (March 14-16); Gainesville, Fla. (April 12-14); College Station, Texas (May 2-5); Spokane, Washington (August 23-25); and Mendoza, Argentina (November 14-16).

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

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