Christian evangelist Franklin Graham, who is scheduled to preach here on Guam at the end of the month, has been banned in Britain.
According to Fox News, Graham, who is the son of the late preacher Billy Graham, has had his seven-city tour of the United Kingdom canceled following an outcry over what critics say are his homophobic and Islamophobic comments.
Graham has called Islam evil and attacked laws expanding the rights of transgender people. He once told followers that the legalization of same-sex marriage was orchestrated by Satan.
Graham sent a letter to his critics in response to the cancellation of his British tour writing: “It is said by some that I am coming to the UK to bring hateful speech …. this is just not true. I am coming to share the Gospel.”
Graham’s visit to Guam is still on.
He has been invited to speak at the Guåhan Festival of Hope which is being held Feb. 23 at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.
Former governor Felix Camacho is one of the organizers of the event.
Camacho, in a release announcing the event, said: “Many are struggling with the challenges of life on this island paradise … This has to change. We need hope. Evangelist Franklin Graham is bringing the Festival of Hope to Guam to invite us to hear the message of salvation through the life of Jesus Christ. We need this now!” wrote Camacho.
Franklin Graham Invites Islanders to Guåhan Festival of Hope
Festival brings prayer, live music and life-changing message of hope to Guam on February
DEDEDO, Guam, Jan. 23, 2020 — Franklin Graham is coming to Guam to share a message of God’s love. The Guåhan Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham will take place at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. Everyone is welcome to attend the free evening of music and hope, which begins at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 23.
“We islanders are known for our friendliness and hospitality but many are struggling with the challenges of life on this island paradise. Crime, drugs, violence, relational issues, loneliness, fear and despair have affected our community,” said Felix Camacho, former governor of Guam. “This has to change. We need hope. Evangelist Franklin Graham is bringing the Festival of Hope to Guam to invite us to hear the message of salvation through the life of Jesus Christ. We need this now!”
Franklin Graham is the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which shares the good news of Jesus Christ around the world. He also leads Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization, which has helped thousands of families in the Northern Mariana Islands recover from Super Typhoon Yutu.
“After the typhoon hit, I asked volunteers to deliver more than 80 tons of critical relief items to families suffering on the islands. When our advance team landed, tears started streaming down a woman’s face and she said, ‘We had just been praying God would send someone,’” said Graham.
“When tragedies like this happen, I believe sometimes God opens the door for us to come back and share the life-changing message of the Bible through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, so I’m looking forward to encouraging the people of Guam and the Mariana Islands with the message that God loves them and has a purpose for their lives.”
This hope-filled event will also feature musical performances by Grammy-winning artist Michael W. Smith and award-winning guitarist Dennis Agajanian who started traveling the world with Billy Graham more than 40 years ago.
Graham’s visit to the Mariana Islands begins with the Marianas Festival of Hope in Saipan on Feb. 21 and will end with the Guåhan Festival of Hope in Guam on Feb. 23.
ABOUT FRANKLIN GRAHAM:
Graham’s first evangelistic event was in 1989, and since then he has held 291 outreaches in 52 countries. In addition to serving as president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Graham has also helped meet the needs of refugees, victims of war and natural disasters, the sick, the poor, and the suffering in more than 100 countries around the world through Samaritan’s Purse.