In recent months, Shine in the World International Ministries (SWIM) received and is seriously considering conducting Festivals of Hope in this West African nation in 2012. Travelling with the Billy Graham and Franklin Graham teams to the nation gives us a head start in understanding the need and preparational details.
Liberia has recently gone through two civil wars that resulted in thousands of people dying, millions emotionally traumatized due to the brutal violence, whole populations displaced, thousands emigrating as refugees (more than 30,000 Liberians now live in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul alone), a devastation of Liberian economy with dire implications for the remnants, as well as collapse of infrastructure, institutions, churches, and families.
Since 2005, the nation has been in rebuilding mode following successful ceasefire and transition to democratically elected leadership. But the wounds are still fresh as millions of Liberians hang on in hope against hope.
Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse organization has been here helping communities rebuild in socio-economic ways since the end of the war. Yet as Liberians and all of us know, true hope lies beyond the socio-economic recovery. It lies in the spiritual transformation.
This weekend marks a significant moment in the healing process of this nation as thousands look to Jesus Christ for forgiveness, healing and reconciliation. The gospel will be proclaimed and thousands of Liberians invited to place their faith and confidence in Jesus Christ. Many others watching the broadcast around the world will be invited to do the same.
Pray that hearts and minds will be open to the persuading power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray for Franklin as he proclaims the Good News that he may connect with the thousands in the stadium and around the world.
Pray for me as I host the broadcast to articulate the reality of God's grace being presented to the multitudes in attendance as well as to connect well with the viewers around the world on the need for faith and salvation through Jesus Christ. For more details, visit www.billygraham.org or www.samaritanspurse.org.
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