a billy graham center archives exhibit
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Prayer groups were organized around the world and especially in the New York area to ask God’s blessing on the campaign.
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"Be sure to tell Billy that we here in Van Nuys rejoice in his ministry more today than ever before, and we will be praying with him for a real Holy Spirit awakening in New York City." Letter from California pastor Porter Barrington to BGEA associate evangelist Grady Wilson. January 25, 1957. From Collection 544, Box 4, Folder 1.

Under Armin Gesswein, small groups of volunteers were brought together through the United States and the world to pray that New York Crusade would bring many people face to face with salvation through Jesus Christ. In the New York area itself, starting in April 1957, a radio program went on the air with weekly prayer requests and hundreds of groups were formed which met regularly and received regular information and updates from the crusade office. The night before the opening service and on July 2, all night prayer services for the crusade, open to all, were held in ten churches scattered through the New York City area.
Click below for items on Prayer
item 18: from Collection 16, NYC57 #IV
item 19: from Collection 1, box 2, folder 19
item 20: from Collection 1, box 2, folder 19
Crusade newsletter
Letter about prayer
Prayer supporters
item 21: from Collection 1, box 2, folder 19
item 22: from Collection 16, 1957 New York City Crusade, procedure book II
Prayer promotion
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