July 12, 2006
If evangelical preacher Franklin Graham holds true to form, the
MTS Centre could play host to thousands of Christians from more
than 30 denominations this fall.
Organizers are unsure how many people will attend the three-day
Central Canada Franklin Graham Festival but have planned for
The Franklin Graham Festivals have drawn crowds as large as
207,000 and in July pulled 80,000 people into Oriole Park at Camden
Yards in Baltimore.
The three-day Winnipeg festival, October 20-22 at the MTS Centre,
is the brainchild of Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham,
world-famous evangelist. Graham said the event carries a message of
encouragement and hope.
"I wanted to come and tell anyone who feels desperate and without
hope that we all have a chance for a new start," Graham said of the
festival. "People will hear great music and have the opportunity to
accept a challenge that will change their lives."
The Baltimore festival saw participation from more than 648
different churches. In Winnipeg, more than 200 churches and 30
denominations are gearing up for the festival this summer through
prayer and music.
"Any challenge in the human condition you can think of, they are
praying for," said festival director Dan Klug. "you see a great
sense of unity in these churches getting together. It's very
Grammy-award winning band Third Day will be at the MTS Centre on
Aug. 7. to get young Manitoban Christians pumped about the fall
ALL DENOMINATIONS WELCOME
The October festival will feature Franklin Graham, Michael W.
Smith, Ron Hutchcraft, Rebecca St. James and special guests.
Saturday will offer children's entertainment, including a
ventriloquist and a bike stunt show.
All denominations are welcome and admission is free.
"This is not going to be about a hard sell," said Klug. "It will
be an exciting, high energy show of music with a message that will
give many a new sense of purpose."
To date, Franklin Graham has taken his festival through 33 states,
16 countries, and has spoken to more than 4.5 million people.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada