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The 1946 YFC European Tour

 

On this page are photos and documents from the first Youth for Christ evangelistic tour outside of North America. The tour lasted from March 18 to April 28. Although most of the time was spent in England, the group also visited Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. The team consisted of YFC president Torrey M. Johnson, Billy Graham, Charles Templeton, and J. Stratton Shufelt. This was the first trip to Europe for all of these men.

From Photo File: YFC European Trips, 1946-1947
Chuck Templeton, Torrey Johnson and Billy Graham in a publicity photo for the European trip taken in the YFC offices in Chicago. Ca. March 1946

From Collection 285, Box 45, Folder 4
One of many telegrams of support sent to the YFC team by other YFC leaders. March 17, 1946

From Photo File: YFC European Trips, 1946-1947
Prayer of dedication for the YFC European team, the night before their flight. Standing and praying is Rev. H. C. Ironside of Chicago's Moody Memorial Church. Kneeling left to right: Chuck Templeton, unknown, George Wilson of the Minneapolis YFC club (looking at camera), Torrey Johnson, unknown, Billy Graham. March 17, 1946

From Photo File: YFC European Trips, 1946-1947
YFC team departing from Chicago for Europe, March 18, 1946

From Photo File: YFC European Trips, 1946-1947
Getting ready to board plane. From l to r: Johnson, Templeton, Shufelt, Graham, unknown (man with camera). March 18, 1946

From Photo File: YFC European Trips, 1946-1947
Graham speaking to a YFC meeting in Manchester. Among those seated behind him are the other members of American group. Ca. March 23, 1946

From Collection 285, Box 45, Folder 4
Brochure announcing the meetings the YFC team held in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 30-31, 1946. Click here to see the rest of the brochure.


From Photo File: YFC European Trips, 1946-1947
The YFC team arriving in Belfast. From l to right. Unknown, Rev. Tocher (shaking hands), Johnson, Shufelt, Graham, Templeton, Gavin Hamilton, unknown, unknown. April 1, 1946

From Collection 285, Box 45, Folder 4
Article from a April, 3, 1946 Belfast paper about the meeting of the YFC team with the Lord Mayor of Belfast the previous day.


From Collection 285, Box 45, Folder 4
Brochure announcing the meetings Torrey Johnson held on his own in Stockholm, Sweden on April 10-12, 1946. Click here to see the rest of the brochure.

From Collection 285, Box 45, Folder 4
Handbill announcing the YFC rally held in York, England on April 25, 1946

From Photo File: YFC European Trips, 1946-1947
Gathering a crowd for the final YFC rally of the tour. Ca. April 27, 1946

From Photo File: YFC European Trips, 1946-1947
The final rally of the tour in Liverpool, England. April 28, 1946


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