Put faith before wealth: Graham

Red Deer Advocate
October 1, 2007
Susan Zielinski

Central Albertans may be reaping the benefits of a hot economy, but money fails to fill the spiritual void, says American evangelist Will Graham.

The 32-year-old grandson of Billy Graham, who headlined a three-day evangelical gathering at the Centrium on the weekend, said some people turn to alcohol, drugs, sex, even religion, to relieve the pressure in their lives.

"There's a lot of excitement (in Canada). But deep down there's a lot of hurt, anger in peoples lives, personal issues," Graham said.

People often put their hope into things that don't bring them satisfaction, he said.

"I'm want to tell people what they're looking for is found in a person. His name is Jesus Christ. I'm not talking about a religion. I'm talking about a relationship."

About 8,000 people heard Graham's message on Friday and Saturday nights. The events also featured evangelical testimonials, comedians and musicians for different age groups. Another gathering was to be held on Sunday night.

Margaret Towers, who co-chaired the local executive committee to bring Graham to Red Deer, said Graham felt "prompted" to find out if Red Deer wanted to host a celebration when he was in Alberta last year for a smaller event in Leduc.
"It could have been Edmonton or Calgary. There was something about Red Deer that called him," Towers said.

Red Deer is the only community in Alberta where Graham will speak this year so it's quite an honour, she said.
Having the younger Graham come to Red Deer is fitting since the average age in the city is about 34, she added.

Will Graham focuses his preaching on youth. He was a pastor before becoming the assistant director of the Billy Graham Training Centre in North Carolina.

Many people recognize Will Graham from television and this was a chance to see him in person, said Tom Towers, co-chair of the executive committee with his wife.

For more information about Graham, go to www.willgraham.ca

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