The son of famed evangelist Billy Graham speaks at Festival de Esperanza, his first major revival aimed specifically at Latinos in the U.S. Several organizers say they are disappointed with the turnout at the Home Depot Center.
Gloria Caceres lifted her arms above her head and opened her palms to the sky. She was standing in the late-afternoon sun at a soccer stadium in Carson, where a preacher with one of the most famous names in American Evangelical Christianity had come to share the Gospel. Caceres, 60, was born in Honduras and raised in the Roman Catholic Church. Eleven years ago, after immigrating to the United States, she says she became “born again” when she accepted Jesus Christ as her savior during a Protestant church service.
“It was something beautiful,” she said.
She is now among the growing ranks of Latino Evangelicals — an audience that Franklin Graham has made a special effort to cultivate.Graham, the son of famed revivalist Billy Graham, doesn’t speak Spanish. But with a translator’s help he has preached to hundreds of thousands of people across Central and South America.
This weekend’s event, held at the Home Depot Center on Saturday and Sunday, was his first major revival aimed specifically at Latinos living in the United States. Graham said that if the event was successful, he might hold similar revivals in cities such as Houston, San Antonio, Fresno and Miami.
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