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Friday October 29, 2010
Will Graham, Grandson of Evangelist Billy Graham, Wraps Up 'Celebration' in Uruguay
14,300 Attend Celebracion de Esperanza in Las Piedras, Uruguay

Contact: Erik Ogren, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 704-577-2109,

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 29 /MPBS24/7 -- Evangelist Will Graham wrapped up the three-day Celebracion de Esperanza (Celebration of Hope) in Las Piedras, Uruguay, on Sunday, October 24. The event, held in the 3,000 seat Estadio Municipal Juventud soccer stadium, saw an average attendance of 3,575 during the four meetings with a total attendance of 14,300. More than 1,720 responded to the invitation to make a commitment to Jesus.

Las Piedras, the third largest city in Uruguay, is located approximately 12 miles from Montevideo.

"I am continually humbled when I have the opportunity to get up in front of people and share the Good News of the Gospel," said Graham. "The barriers of culture and language fall away as people recognize their need for Christ in their lives."

Galo Vasquez has served as the Celebration director and helped to guide the months-long preparation process leading up to the event. Vasquez, who was also the interpreter for Graham, has represented the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Latin America in different capacities for more than 20 years.

"Uruguay is one of the most economically developed countries in South America, but it is also one of the most secular societies and unreached countries with the Gospel," said Vasquez. "The churches here are very united, and have been enthusiastic in partnering together for the sake of reaching their friends, family and neighbors."

The Celebration follows other BGEA efforts in Uruguay, including a Franklin Graham Festival in Montevideo in 2009 and a My Hope World Evangelism through Television nationwide outreach in 2007.

Earlier this year, nearly 20,000 attended the East Alabama West Georgia Will Graham Celebration in Auburn, Ala., with nearly 800 responding to the invitation to accept Jesus as their Savior. In November, the next Will Graham Celebration in the United States will be formally announced in New Jersey.

For more information on Will Graham Celebrations, visit

About Will Graham
Will is the third generation of Grahams to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ under the banner of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). Will is the grandson of Billy Graham and the oldest son of Franklin Graham. Will has spoken to audiences across North America, Australia, India and other parts of Asia and South America. Will graduated from Liberty University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion and in 2001 graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. He currently serves as assistant director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C.

About BGEA
From its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., the BGEA directs a wide range of domestic and international ministries, including: large-scale festivals led by evangelists Franklin Graham and Will Graham; Dare to Be a Daniel, a youth evangelism training project; My Hope World Evangelism Through Television; the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team of crisis-trained chaplains; and many others through print, television, telephone, radio and the Internet. For more information, please visit Get BGEA news updates on Twitter at

Thursday February 11, 2010
As 30,000 More Heroes Shine Their Boots For The Streets of Kabul, FOG Creates a Village to Raise Adults
For Immediate Release
MINNEAPOLIS--- MPBS24/7 - While it may take 30,000 more troops heading to Afghanistan to secure the Western way of life, according to Philip Jegede, these military heroes should go knowing that those left behind cherish the precious opportunity to hold hands with wives and hug children who are the basis of their mission of honor. "Their sacrifice is not in vain," stated Jegede. "It also provides an opportunity to consider Mustafa - a young, handsome, and innocent child growing up in faith who may pick up a gun and proclaimed 'Allah Akbar' in the streets of Obama's Chicago.
"His brothers, his fathers, his teachers, and above all, his best friends should pick up the Holy Koran and read to him the true promises of Allah who is indeed 'Akbar'," said Jegede, who cites Chapter 3, verse 172, of the Koran: "Of those who answered the call of Allah and the messenger, even after being wounded, those who do right and refrain from wrong have a great reward."
Sponsored by nonprofit, Minnesota-based Philip Jegede Evangelistic Association, FOG are operating on the philosophy that while it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a new village to raise an adult. Jegede refers to a quote from J.K. Hart when explaining why the organization is taking this step: "No child can escape his community. The life of the community flows about him, foul or pure; he swims in it, goes to sleep in it, and wakes to the new day to find it still about him. He belongs to it; it nourishes him, or starves him, or poisons him; it gives him the substance of life."
Mothers, brothers, teachers, and best friends of Mustafa - come together to debate issues and brainstorm ideas to make the world kinder and less violent. The undertakings of FOG include adding member representatives from 257 countries, to reach 36,245. Said Jegede, "Issues that confront our world will be dealt with fearlessly, impartially, and with probity, and to arrive at decisions that will create a worldwide positive behavior modification.
"The chambers will accomplish their mission through educational and spiritual self-improvement programs designed to promote understanding, respect for differences and beliefs, selfless acts of kindness and generosity as God/Allah would act if He were to live among us.
"Through the positive impact of our educational programs, we pledge to leave this world for our children a better world than we were born into. No government on earth can successfully legislate faith, beliefs, kindness or selflessness.
"As it has been said before, 'It takes a village to raise a child.' This same village is now necessary to raise an adult - Chambers of the Friends of God."
The first three issues for debate and possible resolution by FOG are:

* Total eradication of starvation of children worldwide.
* Stopping women and child trafficking for sexual slavery worldwide.
* Eradicating the use of God's name in committing violent acts from all religions.

FOG aims through the Seek Help/Give Help forum provided at the Chambers of FOG Web site, (, that one day a Muslim in Saudi Arabia will be able to offer help to a Christian in New York.
"We live in a global world where who you know is just as important as what you know," concluded Jegede.
People in countries all over the world are encouraged to register free at (
People who may not be interested in being a member of the Think Tank but are burdened and need help with jobs, medical problems or any other form of help are strongly encouraged to register free.
Members and non-members of FOG with the abilities to provide the help others need may visit ( to learn about the individual requests of those in need.

Philip Jegede
5775 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 700
P.M.B 200-007
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416
Tel: 651-263-1128

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