It usually isn’t wise for people who work at a hotel to talk about who stayed there. But hey, I’m done working there at the end of the week, so I guess I can tell you that folks from the Franklin Graham’s Decision America Tour stayed as guests this past week.
When I checked in one of the truck drivers, he mentioned the thousands of pounds of t-shirts he transported. After he left, Sam, one of the other front desk clerks, pondered how much his truckload was worth if they were charging $55 a shirt like they do at concerts and sporting events.
Fresno Fairgrounds and followed the signs directing us to public parking, but the lot was full. There was plenty of street parking in the neighborhood, so we found a spot and walked a few blocks to the amphitheater gate. As we crossed the street, we couldn’t help noticing the protesters holding simply baffling signs about Israel and abortion and one sign that read “Little Red Riding Hood had more discernment than Christians.” Mindy puzzled over the grammar of this for a long time.
Spirit 88.9 radio, another for Samaritan’s Purse, and several food trucks. Another volunteer was making sure everyone who wanted it got a free bottle of water (this is Fresno, and it was a warm evening. The water was appreciated).
Jeremy Camp, the tour’s musician, was introduced. Camp is a Grammy-nominated, Dove-winning Christian singer -- as any listener to Christian music radio knows, and he said he couldn’t refuse when Franklin Graham asked him to join the tour to “pray for the state, pray for the nation and proclaim the name of Jesus.”
1 Timothy 4:12, the verse about not letting anyone look down on you because of your youth.
Billy Graham. Several years before his father’s death, Franklin became the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. When he arrived at the podium, Graham referred to his heritage, saying, “Wow! What a night! It’s hot here! I was last here with my father for a crusade in 2001.”
1 Timothy 2:2.
John 3. This was more of a straightforward Gospel message, urging people to put their faith in Christ. “Being a Catholic can’t save you, being a Baptist can’t save you, being a Presbyterian can’t save you…” He went through several other denominational affiliations, making the point that what we really need isn’t religion, but a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.