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Franklin Graham Launches 'God Loves You' Tour Along Iconic Route 66 to Preach Message of Hope to Americans


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Evangelist Franklin Graham has embarked on the 14-day "God Loves You" tour along the historic Route 66 highway to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Graham, who is the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and the Samaritan's Purse humanitarian ministry, will travel to eight cities to preach the gospel message of God's love during the outdoor events.

He began the road trip Sunday in Joliet, Illinois where 8,700 people came out to the Chicagoland Speedway to pray and worship together.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's been 18 months since Graham has spoken to a crowd at such a large-scale event.

The evangelist told those in attendance that the world has changed but God's love for us is still the same.

"Many people are afraid. Many people are scared," Graham said to the attendees. "Many people don't know what to do. Twenty years ago, 9/11 changed the world. In 2020, the pandemic changed the world. I'm here to tell you ... God loves you."

And the power of the Holy Spirit was evident during the event as hundreds chose to follow Christ and many more made the decision while watching the event online.

While on tour, Graham will be joined by Christian band The Newsboys and artists Dennis Agajanian and Marcos Witt.

The next event in God Loves You tour will be at the World Wide Technology Raceway in St. Louis, MO on Tuesday. 

Additional cities include Springfield, MO; Oklahoma City, OK; Amarillo, TX; Albuquerque, NM; Flagstaff, AZ; San Bernardino, CA.

Franklin Graham's son Will Graham announced that he'll hold outreaches while the tour is in Rapid City and Des Moines.

To find out more about the God Loves You tour and where it's stopping next, click here.

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Andrea Morris

Andrea Morris is a Features Producer for The 700 Club. She came to CBN in 2019 where she worked as a web producer in the news department for three years. Her passion was always to tell human interest stories that would touch the hearts of readers while connecting them with God. She transitioned into her new role with The 700 Club in August 2022.