Preparations begin again for Billy Graham Crusade
August 17, 2004
KANSAS CITY – A mobilization rally for the upcoming Billy Graham Crusade at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Starlight Theatre, 6601 Swope Parkway.
“The rally will be a special time for all of us to come together, to refocus and increase our momentum as we approach final Crusade preparation,” said Crusade Director Sherman Barnette.
Cliff Barrows will be bringing a message of encouragement as well as a challenge. Lynda Randle, who sings in the Gaither Homecoming events, will join Barrows. The Crusade Children’s Choir will also participate.
The Heart of America Billy Graham Crusade is scheduled for Oct. 7-10. It originally was to take place June 17-20, but a fractured pelvic bone sustained by Graham, 85, in a fall in his home on May 27 forced crusade officials to postpone it. Graham continues to recover. Crusade officials are encouraging participants to “pray that the Lord would place His healing hand on Graham and encourage his heart in the coming weeks and months.”
A pastor’s luncheon with Franklin Graham will take place Aug. 24 at Kansas City Baptist Temple. Participants are being encouraged to RSVP to the Crusade Office at (816) 361-8484.
In September, a condensed version of the Christian Life & Witness Classes will be offered. Those attending and completing the classes can then complete an application to become a counselor at the crusade.
Maywood Baptist Church, Independence, will be hosting portions of the classes, on Sept. 9 and 16. First Baptist Church, Raytown, will be helping to make the classes available to the deaf and the hearing impaired on Sept. 11.
The complete schedule of events is as follows:
Aug. 21: Children’s Choir Rehearsal, College Church of the Nazarene, 2020 E. Sheridan Ave., Olathe, Kan., 10-11:30 a.m.
Aug. 22: Christian Life and Witness Course Promo Sunday
Aug. 24: Pastors’ Luncheon with Franklin Graham, Kansas City Baptist Temple
Aug. 26: Mobilization Rally, 7 p.m., Starlight Theatre, 6601 Swope Parkway, Kansas City
Aug. 29: Friend to Friend Sunday
Sept. 7-18: Christian Life & Witness Classes (condensed course)
Sept. 12: Crusade Support Sunday
Sept. 19: Friend to Friend Sunday
Sept. 28-30: Neighborhood Discovery Group Training
Oct. 2: Children’s Choir Rehearsal, College Church of the Nazarene, 2020 E. Sheridan Ave., Olathe, Kan., 10-11:30 a.m.
Oct. 5-6: Rehearsals
Oct. 7-10: Heart of America Billy Graham Crusade. Special guests Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Lynda Randle and Salvador; Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Charlie Daniels Band and MercyMe; Oct. 9, 10 a.m., Nana Puddin’, Wheels of Freestyle and Sandtown; Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m., TBA; Oct. 10, 4 p.m., Michael W. Smith and The Gaither Vocal Band.