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'People need hope': Franklin Graham preaches in Seoul on 50th anniversary of father's 1973 Korea crusade

Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is preaching in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday, June 3, on the 50th anniversary of the crusade there of his own father, evangelist Billy Graham, in June 1973. 

“It is a great honor and privilege to be a part of this special outreach,” Rev. Graham told Fox News Digital in a statement ahead of the event. 

“The 1973 Crusade in Seoul had a tremendous impact on my father and on churches throughout Korea,” he also said. 

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He said, “There is a new generation of people who need to know that God loves them, and just like my father, I’m coming to share the good news that God loves and cares for them.”

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He also said, “The last time my father saw Dr. Billy Kim, he told him, ‘Let’s have one more crusade in Korea’ — so I am sure my father would be very excited and thankful about what is happening this week.”

“I’m coming to Seoul at a time that has been difficult for many people. The pandemic was very challenging. People need to know there is hope.”

Over the course of five days, 3.2 million people came to hear the American preacher, many walking long distances, the association reported. 

Rev. Graham shared more thoughts with Fox News Digital about the major faith event taking place 50 years later in 2023.

“People need to know there is hope. So many are anxious about the future and don’t know where to turn.”

Rev. Franklin Graham speaks in Orlando, Florida, on May 22, 2023

Said Rev. Graham of his trip to Seoul, “I’ve come to preach a simple message of God’s love for the Korean people, and I want everyone to know how they can have a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ.” (Franklin Graham/Samaritan’s Purse)

He added, “I’m coming to Seoul at a time that has been difficult for many people. The pandemic was very challenging. People need to know there is hope. So many are anxious about the future and don’t know where to turn. I want them to know that God has a plan and a purpose for our lives.”

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Rev. Graham added, “All money and all the technology doesn’t fill the vacuum in the human heart. People want to know, ‘Who am I? Why am I here? What’s the purpose and the meaning for my life?’ People are searching — and they don’t even know what they’re searching for, but something is missing.”

He said further, “Only God can fill that vacuum. I’ve come to preach a simple message of God’s love for the Korean people, and I want everyone to know how they can have a personal relationship with God through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.”

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Franklin Graham’s son, Will Graham, the executive vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is also an evangelist. On Friday he is preaching at SaRang Church, a 60,000 member Presbyterian church in Seoul — where many Christians will meet to pray for the outreach with Franklin Graham on Saturday, the association said. 

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