News Editor Edward E. Plowman last month traveled to Hungary to cover the series of meetings at which evangelist Billy Graham preached. It was the evangelist’s first official visit to preach in a Soviet-bloc country. The following account is the second of two reports written by Plowman. The first one appeared in the September 23 issue.

“I’ll never forget Hungary,” said evangelist Billy Graham several times during his week-long preaching visit to that country last month.

The people of Hungary who met and heard the 58-year-old American preacher will not forget him either. That was evident at Graham’s final service in Hungary. It was held in the Sun Street Baptist Church at the height of the Friday evening rush hour. Some 2,000 people filled the church and overflowed into the courtyard, where the service was broadcast on loudspeakers. It was a farewell service: emotions ran high, and there were tears and embraces. Graham preached on a topic from the Book of Hebrews: “Things That Change.”

It was a fitting topic, for a lot of changes had been noted throughout the week. According to pastors, hundreds of lives had been changed through encounters with Jesus Christ, whose death and resurrection Graham had proclaimed everywhere he preached.

Without elaborating, the evangelist said his thinking had undergone some changes. He said that his outlook now encompasses the entire world, and he indicated that his attitude toward Eastern Europe is more open. Also, he stated that he now places more emphasis on the Christian’s social responsibility than he did in earlier years. In a press conference, he said he was surprised by Hungary’s industrial progress (“the traffiic jams remind me of America”), by the material well-being of the people, and ...

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