A Climax In Missions
“This is harvest time for Latin America.”
Evangelist Billy Graham, just returned from a Latin American campaign tour, says many of the decisions for Christ recorded in his team’s swing through 17 countries could be traced to the groundwork laid by missionaries.
Graham paid tribute to the missionaries in saying that they were now seeing the results of many years of hard work.
“Protestantism has some of its strongest leadership in Latin America,” he added, describing the work of the churches as “virile and dynamic.”
Graham sees a shift to Protestantism in such countries as Guatemala, Brazil, Chile and Puerto Rico. He predicts some of these nations may be predominantly Protestant within 20 years.
The evangelist and his team preached in 21 cities during the 28-day tour covering 6,000 miles. The campaign closed in Mexico City, where some 25,000 jammed Mexico Arena while another 15,000 stood outside to hear Graham’s final campaign sermon.
A total of 3,100 decisions were counted in the two-day Mexico City crusade, among them at least 200 Americans.
Graham’s Latin American sermons were directly heard by 398,950 (through Spanish interpreters in many cities). His messages were augmented by those of his associate evangelists, who spoke to another 499,630 persons with 6,494 recorded decisions for Christ. Total decisions at meetings of all team members were estimated at more than 15,000. All of Graham’s appearances drew crowds which set records for Protestant events in the respective localities.
The Graham tour through Spanish-speaking countries was co-ordinated by the Latin America Mission, under the personal leadership of General Director R. Kenneth Strachan.
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