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March 2002: Tent Raising Experiences
This photo captures one of the few quiet moments outside the tent raised
for the Greater Los Angeles Revival featuring the evangelist Billy Graham,
September 25 - November 20, 1949.
TOP: This tent used by the evangelist Jack Shuler in Portland,
Oregon ca. 1955 is the same tent used in the crusade
in Los Angeles, 1949, that launched Billy Graham as a successful
LEFT MIDDLE: Worshippers stand during an evangelistic tent meeting
held by Jack Shuler in Beaumont, Texas, n.d.
RIGHT MIDDLE: Tent set up for an evangelistic meeting near Shinkoyasu,
Japan in September 1955. The roof of the tent contains a scripture verse written in Japanese.
BOTTOM: Japanese children gather in a tent to learn a lesson from
the Bible on what at least threatens to be a rainy day, n.d.
Whether used in North America by traveling evangelists the likes of Oswald J.
Smith, Jack Shuler or Billy Graham in his early ministry or on the mission field
or whether they sheltered thousands of adults or only dozens of children, tents
were a widely used venue for evangelistic meetings through a good portion of the
twentieth century. These cost-effective meeting places, providing less protection
from the weather outside, allowed for more obvious participation from the God
of creation and larger crowds than traditional church buildings. Tent meetings,
much like circus tents, also promised attenders an extraordinary experience except
preachers hoped that the evangelistic nature of the meetings would provide attenders
with an experience of God that would last through eternity. Among the collections
in the Archives with materials that describe the use of tent meetings are 48,
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