When evangelist Franklin Graham comes this month to Oregon and Washington for seven stops on his Decision America Pacific Northwest Tour, he brings with him momentum from 10 stops earlier this summer in California.
According to the current issue of the Graham team’s Decision magazine, more than 57,000 people came to 10 Decision America California Tour stops over a 17-day period. More than 3,000 people indicated decisions for Christ.
The 10 rally cities were, in order, Escondido, Pasadena, Oxnard, Bakers-field, Fresno, Modesto, Santa Clara, Berkeley, Chico and Redding.
All of the free-admission outdoor Northwest events begin at 7:30 p.m. In Oregon, Graham’s tour starts Wednesday, Aug. 1 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Exposition Park in Medford. On Friday, Aug. 3, it continues at Christian Life Center’s Life Amphitheater in Bend. Then, in the Portland area, it concludes at the Clackamas County Exposition grounds in Canby Sunday, Aug. 5. The Washington portion of the tour starts Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Richland’s Columbia Point Marina Park in the Tri-Cities. It then continues Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, then Sunday, Aug. 12 at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. The final event is Monday, Aug. 13 at Evergreen Speedway and Fairgrounds in Monroe.
Joining Graham at all the Northwest events except one will be popular Christian musician Jeremy Camp. Performing instead of Camp at the Aug. 5 event in the Portland area will be The Afters.
In announcing the two West Coast tours earlier this year, Graham noted that California, Oregon and Washington are among the most secularized states in the U.S. He especially noted that the Pacific Northwest is one of the least churched and least evangelized regions in the nation.
“I can’t think of a better place to preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to see souls won for Him,” Graham stated in the Decision article.
After his Northwest tour, Graham goes on to Blackpool, England, where he will hold an evangelistic festival in September. But those plans have encountered fierce opposition. Because of increasing pressure from LGBTQ groups, the local governing authories there have decided to remove promotions for the event from the sides of the city’s buses. Also, city leaders have warned Graham that his event will be canceled if they determine it incites “hatred.”
For more on the Northwest tour, go to pnw.billygraham.org