Red Deer Advocate
October 1, 2007
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
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
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada