‘God’s Not Dead. He’s Alive in Liverpool’

Saturday night, individuals from around the U.K. gathered with one purpose: to hear about God’s Love. Thousands filled the arena—and God brought hundreds to Himself.
girl holding hand up singing
Attendees of all ages and multiple races and languages sang side-by-side—and some couldn’t keep from dancing.
“We have a vacuum, an emptiness in each of our souls that only God can fill,” and running doesn’t fix it, Franklin Graham shared. “You see God made us. God created us. Did you know that God has a plan and a purpose for your life?” 
people entering auditorium
A port-city on the western side of the island, the vibrant city Liverpool is famous for being the home of The Beatles, as well as their dedication the Premier League soccer team, Liverpool FC. 
attendees getting off bus
English men and women traveled from around the country to attend Saturday night’s event—like Gerald Thompson who bussed in with his church from Chester. He had worked Billy Graham’s first-ever U.K. event in London as a young man in 1954, and was quite pleased to able to see the evangelist’s son preach as well.
Dennis Agajanian on guitar
Attendees tapped their feet to the fast-picking of Dennis Agajanian. Saturday night’s crowd got to hear, in Agajanian’s words, some “classic” guitar playing for a “classic” country—a compilation of Beethoven and Mozart.
woman praising Jesus
When the music started, Caroline Atwood (not pictured) quickly moved into the aisle, and stood, arms raised high. “I’m overwhelmed just being here,” she said. Years ago as an alcoholic, she had one prayer, “Jesus, if you’re real, help me to stop.” He did—and Saturday night she praised Him for it.
volunteer smiling
Every event has has army of volunteers, smiling as they greet and point people in the right direction. Many take a Christian Life and Witness class that helps them share the Gospel with those who don’t know Jesus.
women signing
Those whose heart language isn’t English still were able to listen to Franklin Graham’s message as it was translated into four different languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, Farsi and Sign Language.
Michael Tait singing
“We are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus. We believe our God is not dead,” Michael Tait, lead singer of the Newsboys, declared from the stage.
Franklin Graham with Newsboys
The Newsboys have traveled all over the world with Franklin Graham, most recent being the Route 66 Tour in the fall of 2021. Saturday night, they brought the crowd to their feet with their praise songs.
children meeting
These youngsters found a friend at the event.
“There’s joy in the house of the Lord,” the crowd sang as Tommy Commes lead them in “House of the Lord,” one of many songs on Saturday’s setlist.
children praising Jesus
Franklin Graham’s message touched even the youngest in the crowd. One 6-year-old (not pictured) decided to commit his life to Christ because, “I love Jesus and I want to live for him,” he explained, smiling shyly. His parents, both from India, are the only Christians in each of their families—and they were overjoyed that their son had so gladly chosen to love Jesus too.
couple counsling
As hundreds of people decided to let Jesus become Lord of their lives, the Tommy Coomes Band band played the age-old hymn, “Just as I Am.” Throughout the years, that song concluded many of Billy Graham’s Crusades—including his 1984 Crusade in the same city.
“He’s taken your sins and he’s hit the delete button,” Franklin Graham explained to hundreds who had just made the most important decision of their lives—to follow Jesus.
two individuals counseling
Every person who said “yes” to Jesus was given a blue pamphlet complete with the book of John from the Bible—and challenged to plug into a local church.
England has often been called a post-Christian country, and many are praying for revival in the country. “[God’s] not dead, He’s alive and He’s in Liverpool tonight,” Franklin Graham said.
couple smiling
The next stop on the tour is South Wales on May 21. Will you pray for God to open more eyes to His love in the coming weeks?