Billy Graham Center


2012 Billy Graham Center Archival Research Lecture
Thursday, September 27, 7pm

The Lost Continent?
The Discovery of Europe by American Evangelicals,1940-1980

Dr. Hans Krabbendam

“Youth for Christ Jeugd-Rally.” 1947. English version of the Dutch text: Youth for Christ Youth-Rally / America brings Invasion 1947 / Wednesday 21 May / Thursday 22 May / Friday 23 May / The Zoo - the Hague / Starts at the 8 o’clock / Admission free!

This poster, aimed at a Dutch audience, advertised one of many YFC meetings for teenagers and young adults, led by young American evangelists and held throughout northern and western Europe in the years after World War II. Click on poster for more information.
From the BGC Museum: Accession 85.357

Dr. Hans Krabbendam

Another YFC poster, probably dating to late summer 1946, for an American audience. Its purpose was to raise support for Billy Graham's second evangelistic tour in western Europe.
J. Stratton Shufelt was supposed to be his song leader but could not go. Cliff Barrows filled it, beginning an association that has lasted, as of 2012, 66 years. George Wilson served as business manager for the tour, a position he later held in the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for several decades. On this trip Graham helped to organize the British YFC organization, as well as speaking in England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and France. Click on poster for more information.
From BGC Archives Collection 285, Photo Album V

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