“I think this is where the strength of our country lies, and I’m coming to remind people that God loves them,” said Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “There are a lot of people who are afraid. People have lost their jobs. Many people have been sick and loved ones have died. I just want people to know that God hasn’t forgotten them.”
Graham will launch the Route 66 God Loves You Tour on September 19 in Joliet, Ill. The tour will continue across with stops in St. Louis, Springfield, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Flagstaff and San Bernardino.
One of the most influential bands in Christian music history, Newsboys, are joining the tour and will perform live at each event. Newsboys have had 33 No. 1 radio hits, four Grammy nominations and two American Music Award nominations.
“I first joined Billy Graham 27 years ago to perform at an evangelistic event in Cleveland, Ohio,” said Michael Tait, Newsboys lead singer. “It was the beginning of a friendship with the Graham family that has lasted to this day.”
Marcos Witt also is performing live on the tour. He’s one of the most iconic Spanish-speaking Christian music artists in the world, and he has received five Latin Grammys and two Billboard awards. Award-winning guitarist Dennis Agajanian has performed at Billy Graham and Franklin Graham’s evangelistic events for more than 45 years, and he will also be joining the tour.
Graham’s tour across the United States made headlines in 2016 when he visited all 50 state capitals to invite people to make a decision for Jesus Christ that would affect their lives for eternity. More than half a million people have attended these tours that Graham has continued in Tennessee, Texas, California, the Pacific Northwest, the Northeast, North Carolina and Florida.
To learn more about the Route 66 God Loves You Tour, visit GodLovesYouTour.com.
Check back with Metro Voice for updates during the Graham Route 66 tour.
–Anita Widaman | Metro Voice