A Milestone in the History of Colombia
President Álvaro Uribe & Franklin Graham discuss Festival
August 26, 2009 - August 26, 2009 — Meeting in the Palacio de Nariño, Franklin Graham and Álvaro Uribe Vélez, the president of Colombia, exchanged warm greetings and spoke with hope about this weekend’s Festival de Esperanza.
Beyond the political and economic realms, we need the moral and Christian values that this Festival represents.
by Janet Chismar
Calling it a "hallmark event,” President Uribe said the Festival is a milestone in the history of Colombia.
It marks the first time in more than 20 years that Bogota, the capital of Colombia, has seen a city-wide evangelistic event.
"Beyond the political and economic realms,” President Uribe said to the group, which included area pastors and BGEA leaders, “we need the moral and Christian values that this Festival represents."
The president welcomes prayer for Colombia. At the close of the meeting today, Franklin asked him, “Would you object if I prayed for the future of your nation?”
The president said he would not object to prayer; in fact he insists on it.
Franklin shared in greater detail this morning his passion for proclaiming the Gospel in Colombia. “We are thankful that God has opened up this door to preach the Gospel in an open air, public event.
“Ten years ago, I couldn’t stand right here,” he explained. “This country has had a dramatic improvement under the new president.”
Across the nation, said Franklin, there is a renewed passion for evangelism among the churches. “The people of Colombia are eager to know about God and His Son Jesus Christ.”
Some churches have tripled in size since My Hope. “It is one of the greatest things that has happened to this country,” he added. Now many of those who were saved are taking part in the Festival de Esperanza by praying for and inviting their friends and family members.
Approximately 900 churches are participating in this Festival. “Pastors who never worked together before are now united for the cause of the Gospel. God is going to bring a great harvest here in Colombia,” Franklin concluded.