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Rev. Franklin Graham begins tour of America’s ‘overwhelmed’ southern border states: ‘People need hope’

First appearance on Fox: The Rev. Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will travel to the U.S. southern border this weekend to bring a “life-changing message of hope” to struggling residents of a Texas border town. We have started a 1,500 mile tour covering 10 locations. Arizona and California.

The God Loves You Frontera Tour kicked off Saturday in Brownsville, Texas, Fox News Digital reported via an original statement and a press release from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association late Saturday.

Graham is the group’s president and chief executive officer. Frontera means border in Spanish.

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“We come to the southern border because this is one of the neediest areas in our country right now, and people need to hear a message of hope,” Graham said in comments to FOX News Digital. Told.

Border areas are “overwhelmed,” he said.

Franklin Graham said the purpose of his visit to America’s southern border was to “spread hope” to these “overwhelmed” areas of the country. He is pictured here on the right with interpreter David Lewis (left). (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)

“Everyone along the border is overwhelmed, including churches, law enforcement, residents, the people we’re trying to help, and even people coming into our country,” Graham said.

“Because there are so many people who are hungry and hurting, I want to remind you of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, and the difference He can make in our lives if we put our faith and trust in Him. I’m coming to the border to tell you what we can bring.”

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Steve Dorman, pastor of First Baptist Church of Brownsville, said Brownsville is one of the poorest cities in the United States.

Dorman said in a statement shared with FOX News Digital that Brownsville is “very temporary as it is located on the Texas-Mexico border.”

“We want everyone in this community to know that God is always with them and loves them, and that the gospel can be a stabilizing force in their lives.”

A crowd of people lined up in front of a screen

An estimated 3,800 people attended the first event of the God Loves You Frontera Tour on Saturday, February 24th in Brownsville, Texas. “We want everyone in this community to know that God is always with them and loves them,” said Pastor Steve Dorman. First Baptist Church of Brownsville. (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)

Through the tour, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said it will partner with more than 1,000 churches to “bring God’s message of love to their communities.”

The planned event will feature a message from Graham and live music, and will serve to “bring hope to the hopeless, purpose to the lost, and relief to the broken.” , Abraham Moreno, pastor of Calvary Chapel in McAllen, said in a statement. Fox News Digital.

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McAllen is the second stop on Graham’s tour.

Moreno said the tour’s message “is about healing wounds, restoring broken lives, and offering people a way to experience a personal relationship with God’s Son, Jesus Christ.”

“Tonight, I want you to know that you can have a personal relationship with God through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.”

“Tonight, I want you to know that you can have a personal relationship with God through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ,” Graham told the assembled audience from the stage Saturday.

He also said, “If you remember nothing else, remember this: God loves you.”

Franklin Graham speaking on stage

Franklin Graham kicked off his “God Loves You Frontera Tour” on Saturday, February 24th in Brownsville, Texas. David Ruiz (left) translated the event into Spanish. (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)

Graham also told the crowd, “The Bible says that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.” he said.

“Jesus came to save sinners. Jesus shed His blood for you and died on the cross. Jesus went to the grave. Jesus took your sins to the grave, but on the third day He has risen from the dead.” Graham continued.

“Tonight your sins can be forgiven and you can be set free. But you must go God’s way, and that is through Jesus Christ.”

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Graham spoke of the sense of hopelessness that many people are feeling right now.

“You may be feeling hopeless tonight. Maybe you came here expecting something life-changing to happen,” he said.

Marcos Witt with book and microphone

Marcos Witt in Brownsville, Texas, a stop on his God Loves You Frontera Tour with the Rev. Franklin Graham, which just started Saturday. Witt, an American Christian music singer and pastor, was born in San Antonio, Texas. (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)

He added, “There is no hope but in Jesus Christ.”

The group says the tour will begin in the Gulf of Mexico and continue to the Pacific Ocean, ending in Chula Vista, California.

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In exclusive comments to Fox News Digital, Pastor Graham addressed the latest case of immigration crime in this country that has received national attention.

Laken Riley, a nursing student, was found dead on the University of Georgia campus several days ago.

On Friday, 26-year-old Jose Antonio Ibarra was charged with murder. Ibarra, a Venezuelan national, entered the U.S. illegally in El Paso, Texas, in September 2022 and was released on parole, three ICE and DHS officials told Fox News.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the Georgia family who lost their daughter in this senseless killing.”

“Many tragic things are happening to our people as well as our people. [to] Our politicians’ failure to enforce the law has cost migrants along our border,” Graham told FOX News Digital.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the Georgia family who lost their daughter in this senseless killing.”

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The Billy Graham Evangelistic Society was founded in 1950 by evangelist Billy Graham.

The group’s website says it works to “spread the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the world.”

Franklin Graham was named CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 2000 and president the following year.

Fox News Digital’s Audrey Conklin, Michael Ruiz and Sarah Rumpf-Whitten contributed reporting.

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