If Billy Graham ever wins official appointment as ambassador-at-large, he will have earned it. Few Americans have built as much good will abroad as the 49-year-old North Carolinian. For more than two decades now he has been traveling the globe, preaching the Gospel. For his country, the happy byproduct has been the building of friendships and a balancing corrective to the stream of ugly American images peddled by Hollywood.
The month of April found Graham and his team greeting old friends and making new ones from among the twelve million people of Australia. The heart of the month-long Australia evangelistic effort was a nine-day crusade in Sydney, commercial hub of all Southeast Asia.
And Sydney responded warmly. There was an opening night crowd of 38,000, followed by a Sunday afternoon turnout of 60,000. These two services drew a total of 4,232 spiritual inquirers. The aggregate attendance for the first six services was about 200,000, with nearly 10,000 recorded decisions.
Three of the nine services were geared to youth. And on the first youth night, more than 10 per cent of the audience responded to the invitation.
Graham made humanity look very bad. “It seems our whole world is gone insane,” he said. “We are a dying human race because of sin.” But the evangelist held out the Cross as the sure hope and the only lasting solution to the problems of war and race. And in Christ, he said, lies the answer to the need for personal fulfillment.
The day Martin Luther King was buried, many San Francisco bus drivers didn’t want to work. An overtime replacement on the Hunters Point run, white driver Martin Whitted, 28, was robbed and shot to death by four Negro youths.
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