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Evangelist Will Graham Preaches Message of Hope and Peace to 21,000 in Kisumu, Kenya

Will Graham Celebration of Peace Held at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground, June 7-9

Contact: Erik Ogren, 704-401-2117, eogren@bgea.org

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 13, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Nearly 53 years to the date after evangelist Billy Graham preached to the people of Kisumu, Kenya, his grandson, Will Graham, returned last weekend to carry forth the same message of hope through Jesus Christ. The Will Graham Celebration of Peace was held June 7-9 at Kisumu's open-air Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground.

Approximately 21,000 attended the three-day event, with more than 1,350 responding to the invitation to make a commitment to Jesus. The event received an outpouring of support in the city, with every church and bishop in Kisumu participating in the outreach.

"The only thing that can change Kisumu forever is God," said Graham. "There is only one hope for any of us, and that is Jesus Christ. He is the only One able to save you from your situations."

Graham was joined on-stage by local choirs and artists like Everlyne Muthoka and Rosemary Ogonya, as well as American soloist Mark Christian who serves as worship leader for Will Graham Celebrations.

This is Graham's second evangelistic effort in Kenya, following a three-day celebration in July 2011 in the city of Nakuru. "From time to time God puts a love and a burden for a specific country on my heart, and Kenya is one of those countries," said Graham. "It is an honor for me to be able to visit Kenya and share the eternal hope of Christ with them."

While in Kisumu, Graham met with and greeted local Christian and civic leaders, including Governor Jack Ranguma of Kisumu County. Graham also attended a local youth soccer tournament where he presented trophies and offered a brief sermon following the event.

The Will Graham Celebration of Peace in Kisumu was actually birthed through meetings that Graham held with local representatives while he was in Nakuru. During his current trip to Kisumu, Graham visited with leaders from Tanzania and Uganda to discuss future ministry opportunities in their countries.

Graham will hold two more international evangelistic outreaches in 2013: September 27-29 in Fukushima, Japan, and November 1-3 in Udon Thani, Thailand. An announcement about upcoming ministry in the United States will also be made in the coming months.

About Will Graham
Will is the third generation of Grahams to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ under the banner of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). In 2012 Will was named vice president of the BGEA, overseeing Children and Youth Evangelism Training. He also serves as executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C. Follow Will on Facebook at
www.Facebook.com/WillGraham4 and on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/TellaGraham.