KINGSPORT, TENN., Oct. 27, 2017–More than 300 people from across the region gathered on Thursday night, Oct. 26, in Kingsport, Tenn., to officially launch planning for the upcoming Tri-Cities Region Will Graham Celebration. The multi-day evangelistic outreach, which will be held April 27-29, 2018, at the Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City, Tenn., will be free of charge and will feature music from Christian artists and encouraging messages from Will Graham. Graham is the grandson of well-known evangelist Billy Graham, and son of Franklin Graham.
“No matter where I go in the world, people seem to be searching for the same things in life,” said Graham, who returned from preaching in Romania just in time to travel to Kingsport to speak. “They want to find hope. They’re seeking their purpose. They long for peace and security. I believe that all of these elusive elements can be found in Jesus, and I’m looking forward to sharing that message with the people of the Tri-Cities area.”
The Tri-Cities Region Celebration effort will be guided locally by Jim Harlan, in cooperation with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and a partnership of area churches and leaders.
“Churches will be energized by this event with lasting effects long after April 2018,” said Harlan. “Lives will be changed, and that change will be evidenced by how people conduct their lives. As we share the message to love God and love people, hope will be reborn.”
Dale Thomas, one of several local leaders volunteering to help make the Celebration a success, added, “Our region was hit hard by the economic ‘downturn,’ many families have lost jobs and suffered greatly to the point of losing hope. We need the hope and saving grace that only He provides. I believe Will Graham can deliver a message to our region that will make a difference our area and this country needs right now.”
A nearly continuous stream of activities and planning will take place across the region between now and the Celebration in April, including prayer rallies, classes, and community gatherings. Visit www.tcrcelebration.org and www.facebook.com/tcrcelebration for details and information.
Graham’s 2017 schedule has included domestic outreaches in Alabama and Indiana, and international efforts in Mexico and Romania. His last event of the year will take place Nov. 4-5 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
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