Franklin Graham (70), CEO and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, preached in Vietnam at The Spring Love Festival from March 4 to 5 at Ho Chi Minh City’s Phu Tho Sports Facility. Graham preached in the communist country after he had discussions with Vietnamese government officials including Le Minh Khai, the Deputy Prime Minister for General Economics. Even though evangelical churches in Vietnam were allowed to hold events in the past during Christian holidays, The Spring Love Festival was the first event that is not a religious holiday, where a foreign speaker will be allowed to preach.
CBN News reports:
Evangelist Franklin Graham will be sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in a communist country. He met with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai and other government officials Wednesday to discuss his upcoming evangelistic outreach event there.
Graham, 70, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) will be presenting the gospel message during The Spring Love Festival on Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5 at the Phu Tho Sports Facility in Ho Chi Minh City.
“I am grateful for this and thankful to the Deputy Prime Minister and the government for allowing me to come and preach in Vietnam a second time,” Graham, who preached in Hanoi in December 2017, said in a statement. “This weekend I am looking forward to being in beautiful Ho Chi Minh City, where we are working with more than 300 churches for the Spring Love Festival. All are welcome to attend these free events where I will share a message of God’s love for the people of Vietnam.”
In the past, evangelical churches in Vietnam have been given permission to hold events during the Easter and Christmas seasons. The Spring Love Festival is historic because this is the first time the government has given permission for an evangelistic outreach with a foreign speaker outside of a religious holiday, according to the BGEA.
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