Myanmar/Burma: Thousands receive Christ at Franklin Graham festival

Franklin Graham speaks at Festival in Myanmar Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn.

By Mark Ellis

Over three days, 170,000 people crammed into the Yangon Love Joy Peace Festival with Franklin Graham and more than 7,600 made decisions for Christ.

Christians comprise a small minority of the heavily Buddhist population, and Open Doors ranks the persecution level as “severe,” with radical Buddhist monks intensifying their campaigns against religious minorities and laws introduced for the “protection of race and religion” in 2015 that create obstacles for conversions and religiously mixed marriages.

Yet thousands converged on the Myanmar Convention Center grounds for three meetings held November 18-20, with crowds building each night. They filled plastic chairs set up in the gigantic, outdoor square in front of the convention center.

Thousands more viewed the proceedings on huge screens in overflow areas. People filled the steps and outdoor balconies of the convention center itself, and even more stood or sat in grassy areas outside the property.

“We are overwhelmed at the manifestation of the Lord’s hand. Here is the manifestation that the Word of God does not change.” Tin Maung Tun told the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).

Franklin Graham first visited Myanmar in the early 1980s, when he met Maung Tun. The two have kept in touch through the decades, and that pastor, known affectionately as Uncle Ronnie, served as one of the patrons of the Festival.

Monthly prayer rallies were held for 17 months before the event.


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