Thursday, May 23, 2019

My Trip to see Franklin Graham at Decision America tour Burlington Vermont

The Decision America Bus in Burlington Vermont, May 21, 2019.

I took a little trip to Burlington, Vermont the other night. I wanted to attend the Franklin Graham event and hear him preach.  It was to be on the fairgrounds and we were to bring chairs and blankets.  From what I understand, there were 3,400 people in attendance.  I have never been to anything like this before. But I dearly love reading about the old tent revival meetings in our nation's history. My grandfather was a revival preacher. My uncle was also a preacher in the rural south. He would have week-long revival meetings every summer. We went to these preaching services throughout my childhood.  It was such a blessing to hear.  This Northeast Tour by the Billy Graham evangelistic organization was an incredible opportunity for me to see.

One of my sons (in his 20's) traveled with me for an overnight journey.  It was a 2 hour drive to get to Burlington from our home.  We have some family in the area, which made it easy to spend the night after the event would be over.

It started at 7:30 at night. There was to be Christian music by "Crowder," a sermon by Franklin Graham, and then fireworks at the end.  The weather was a bit cold and we worried it might rain. But with our coats and picnic blankets, we were comfortable.

Walking towards the event from the parking area.

There was an enormous crowd of thousands.  We walked up on the side and sat on the outskirts of the event.  We sat right beside a small blue tent where there were chaplains, staff, and prayer volunteer workers. They were so kind and welcoming.

Our view on the outskirts of the crowded audience.

The music was beautifully done.  There was a stage in the center, with large television screens on either side for everyone to see.

When Franklin Graham appeared, there was hearty applause. So many of us were so grateful that he came here to Vermont to give us a very precious sermon.  I video taped about 2 minutes of his introductory remarks and will share that video at the end of this post.  The entire sermon was encouraging and such a blessing to hear!  I was not able to get a video of the entire sermon, but was happy to at least get the 2 minutes in the beginning.

I remember watching Billy Graham crusades on television in my childhood home. To this day, whenever I watch a classic video of his invitations, or "altar calls," I always cry when I see the response from the audience as they stand and come forward to accept the Lord.  At the end of Franklin's message, he gave a modern-day altar call, there in the fairgrounds in Burlington, Vermont.  Many stood to accept the Lord. It was incredible to be there to see and hear it all.

After a prayer, it started to rain.  Franklin paused and told us that rain was a sign of a blessing from God.  There was cheering and applause.  The gentle rain only lasted about a minute or so.  It was a precious sign.  Just before Franklin finished his message, he told us that he didn't know if he would ever be back in Burlington. He told us his age. He is in his mid 60's.  He said, if he was not able to come back to see us here in Vermont, he would see us in Heaven.

The musicians returned to the stage and there were to be fireworks to celebrate the precious souls who came to Jesus.  Many packed up their things and got ready to leave.

As the crowds began to head out to their cars, the fireworks began.

Mrs. White watching the fireworks at the Franklin Graham event in Vermont

It was such a gift and a blessing to have been able to attend this event.  Below is the short video I was able to get of the beginning of Franklin's message. I transcribed his words and added them to the footage.  Just click on the "CC" or "Closed Captions" to see them. I will also include the transcription below.

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Here is my Transcript of Franklin Graham's opening remarks before his sermon (as seen in  my video above).


(Applause) You know a Lot of people have kind of written Vermont off. I haven't. (Applause)
You know, when you think about the history of New England, and
what happened up here spiritually. . . over the centuries, how
God has used this area of the world to produce some of the great
preachers. . . and the great missionaries that have gone to other parts of the world,
and I think about the seeds of the gospel that have been sown,
the prayers of the saints of past generations. . I don't think those
prayers just disappear. I don't think they just disappear. We're gonna
watch tonight what God's gonna do, I believe there'll be many people tonight,
(Applause) will come to faith in Jesus Christ. And that's what this is all about.
If You're here tonight. . and you're not sure that you're saved, If you're here
tonight, and you're not sure that if you died that you'd go to Heaven,
I want you to know tonight how you can be sure and confident. I'm going to
invite you tonight. If you've never done this, I'm going to give you an
opportunity to invite Christ to come into your heart, to tell God you're
sorry for your sins, and by faith to believe on the name of His son
Jesus Christ, who took our sins on the cross, who died and shed His
blood for you and me, who God raised to life. He's not dead. He's right here.
(Applause) He's here in Vermont tonight. (Applause) He'll come into your heart and
your life if you're willing to trust Him.  God's got a plan for your life. He loves you.
But the only way we can find out God's plan, is to turn from our sins and by faith
to believe on the name of His son Jesus Christ. If you haven't done that, You get ready to do that. But before we get started, I've got a message tonight. It's titled,"Would you invite Jesus to your house for lunch?"


(I will add this to my Tour of Vermont Series.)

Mrs. White

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Patty B said...

It is good to know that there are still lots of people who love the Lord in this country! By reading the national news a person only sees the seedy side of life. We all need faith in Jesus more than anything right now. Thanks for a very nice article and photos.

Cheryl said...

I cried as I read your words. I am SO thankful for Franklin Graham and his ministry to unashamedly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ on the public square. We volunteered for the 2016 Decision America Tour when he came to SC, and it was an experience my little family and I will never forget. (I wrote about it at this link: I hate to think of him getting older and not as active in God's Kingdom, but it encourages us to know that his son, Will, is every bit as devoted and anointed and is carrying the torch onward. I did any interview with Will and featured it on my Inner Views after we heard him preach in person and were so moved by his words. (Here is the link to his interview: Thank you so much for sharing about your experience. This post was really a blessing to me today.

gail said...

Thank you Mrs White for sharing this on your blog. Our media in both your country and mine and indeed all over this world seems to be constantly bring forth sad and negative news. So wonderful today to hear news of men and woman making a decision to accept and follow the Lord.. What a ray of sunshine it was to see your post today.
Blessings Gail (from Australia)

Janine said...

Love this! Thanks for posting about it. Very encouraging. Glad you were able to go!

Linda said...

Thank you so much for sharing this Mrs White. I watched it with my husband. It's always a joy to hear of people giving their heart to the Lord. Blessings to you ~ Linda

Christine said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this post of Franklin Graham!
I know you don't leave your home often but when you do it's special and this was very special. How fun to have your son with you, also.

Again, thank you!

Homemaker' said...

We went to his tour while he was here in Minneapolis/St.Paul. So powerful - we need to keep Franklin Graham in our prayers and this country in prayer! So glad you were able to go. Mary S.

Lana said...

Dear friends who live in NH were there that night!

We heard him speak many years ago here in our hometown. It was such a blessing.

Winkel's Crazy Ideas said...

Thanks for sharing. Loving your blog and going to be reading more. God bless, Pam in Norway

Mrs. White said...

Patti B, you are so right! Thank you so much!

Cheryl, thank you so much! I will read your posts as soon as I can. thank you for sharing them with us! What a wonderful blessing that you were able to help at one of the tours! It is amazing that you were able to interview Will! I look forward to reading it. You are doing wonderful work!

Gail, the news and media is very negative, you are right! I am so thankful for your encouragement!

Janine, thank you so much!

Linda, I am so thankful for your encouraging words!

Christine, thank you so much! God bless you!

Mary S, that is wonderful that you attended one of the tours! We do need to keep praying! God bless you!

Lana, I love that your friends were at the New Hampshire tour, and that you were able to hear him speak some years ago. That is so encouraging!

Pam, thank you so much! God bless you!