Franklin Graham shares Jesus’ hope with over 17,000 people in Mongolia
The first-ever “Festival of Joy” brought together thousands of Mongolians to hear the gospel last weekend, delivered by Franklin Graham.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) was in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, September 10-11. There were 17,300 people present and over 2,000 people made the first decision to follow Jesus.
“It was thrilling to see hundreds of people of all ages responding to God’s invitation to repent of their sins and put their faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. “And there is no salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven. given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Their lives are changed for eternity – and we give glory to God!”
Mongolia has just over 3 million inhabitants, many of whom have chosen Buddhism or even recently shamanism as their religion of choice. The country is wedged between Russia and China.
“So many people are searching and have a void that they can’t find a way to fill – they don’t even know what they’re looking for. But God loves us and wants a relationship with us. He’s the only one who can fill that void. emptiness in our lives.”
According to The Christian Post, this event lasted 20 years, as many local churches prayed for a gathering of this size to share the love of Jesus. About 250 churches have worked alongside BGEA to help make evangelism a reality.
“It was an exciting second night at the Festival of Joy in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia! I told the crowd that what makes Mongolia special is the people, and I loved being here again.”
United States Christian band The Afters joined Graham at the event to sing worship with the crowd.
Ahead of the trip, they posted, “On our way to Mongolia! We will be joining the @BGEA for an event in the capital Ulaanbaatar. Please pray for us as we lead the music and for Franklin Graham as he shares the gospel. many are coming to Jesus this weekend!”
BGEA and 400 volunteers also offered basic necessities to the crowd.
“I am grateful that we have been able to care for so many precious Mongolian children. Although the physical needs are great and I want to do all I can to meet those needs, I believe that the greater needs of the heart human are spiritual,” says Graham.
A census taken in 2020 showed that since the end of communist rule in the 1990s, about 40,000 people in Mongolia have converted to Christian faiths. This represents approximately two percent of the population.
“It was thrilling to see hundreds of people of all ages responding to God’s invitation to repent of their sins and put their faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. Our deepest gratitude to the churches, pastors, general committee, executive leadership, and all the many volunteers who have prayed and helped make this evangelistic crusade possible.”