y now most people have heard the incredible-almost
unbelievable numbers coming out of Africa-400 million Christians, 10 million
converts a year, 26,000 new believers every single day! But the numbers
don't become real until you are there to experience it, which is what the
story below beautifully describes.
In March we were thrilled to have the president of Samaritan's Purse,
Dr. Franklin Graham
, visit our campus in Yekepa, Liberia, for the
REDEDICATION of our flagship ABC campus, which had been ransacked
during the country's 16-year civil war. Dr. Graham, whose organization has
played a major role in the rebuilding of our university, gave our students,
faculty, and the vice president of Liberia, Hon. Joseph Boakai (who was
also present for the service), an inspiring challenge-preach Christ at every
opportunity and keep the Bible at the center of everything taught at ABC.
The following day Dr. Graham began a three-day crusade in the capital
city, Monrovia. The large Chinese-donated national stadium was packed.
My parents, Jack and Nell Chinchen, the founders of the mission, were
once again sitting with the Vice President who had accepted Dr. Graham's
personal invitation to attend. Also attending were ABC Board member Dr.
Tom Kay, Jr., his wife Connie, my brother Del who runs the college in
Liberia, and his wife Becky.
My parents had attended and volunteered at a number of Billy Graham
Crusades in the early years of their ministry, so they were not surprised that
Franklin, just like his father, preached straight from the Word and straight
to the heart. But what happened next was shocking-something my father
says he has never seen in 50 years of ministry. When Franklin gave the alter
call, before the closing hymn "Just As I Am" had hardly begun, thousands
of people were jumping from their seats and RUNNING
to the front-
literally RUNNING TO JESUS
What happened next was shocking - something my father says he has never
seen in 50 years of ministry . . . thousands of people jumping from their seats
and RUNNING to the front - literally RUNNING TO JESUS.