Billy Graham: The man who left a spiritual legacy in Singapore
Today marks the first death anniversary of Dr Billy Graham, who passed away at the age of 99 on February 21, 2018.
Known as “America’s Pastor”, Graham was the world’s foremost evangelist whose rallies reached hundreds of millions across the world. In Singapore, the Billy Graham Crusade of 1978 saw an unprecedented number of people turn to Christ and left an indelible mark on the spiritual landscape of our nation.
Through this series of photos taken during his visit, we trace Dr Graham’s role in Singapore’s largest evangelistic campaign in living memory.
Some 40 years have passed since those momentous nights in 1978.
We’re sure to know some of the 20,000, many of whom are now mature believers, pastors and leaders in their own right. They are the legacy of the Singapore Billy Graham Crusade. Those 5 nights in December changed the spiritual atmosphere of our nation and blessed the generations that followed.
Now what about us? What will we pass on to our children tomorrow? What legacy will we leave for the generations to come? The spiritual landscape of tomorrow depends on what we do today. So let’s fulfil our roles in the Great Commission.
Many churches and key church networks have already united in this endeavour, but this all hinges on whether there is personal evangelism on a mass scale. The Celebration of Hope isn’t just about some big event – it’s about bringing the Gospel to those around us on a daily basis, which will culminate in 5 gospel rallies held over 3 days in the National Stadium from May 17-19, 2019.
Now’s the time for our generation. See you at the Celebration of Hope.
The photos in this article were contributed by Michael Ozaki, one of the photographers present at the 1978 Singapore Billy Graham Crusade.