Billy Graham preached before large crowd in Sulphur Springs park

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BILL BOWMAN Billy Graham spoke to a large crowd in Sulphur Springs on Monday, Sept. 14, 1959. He was in Sulphur Springs to attend a board of directors meeting of the Wycliffe Bible Translators.

BILL BOWMAN Billy Graham spoke to a large crowd in Sulphur Springs on Monday, Sept. 14, 1959. He was in Sulphur Springs to attend a board of directors meeting of the Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Billy Graham, the internationally renowned evangelist who died Feb. 21 at the age of 99, preached in Sulphur Springs in September of 1959 when he attended a board of directors' meeting for Wycliffe Bible Translators there. According to a Gravette News Herald report from Sept. 17, 1959, Graham asked prayer for Nikita Khrushchev, premier of the Soviet Union at the time, that "he might see God and experience a change of heart" as a result of prayers. At one point in his message, Graham pointed up in the sky and said, "If we get to the moon, so what! We should also send along a planeload of aspirin tablets to the man in the moon." (The Soviets had just crash-landed Luna 2 on the moon's surface on Sept. 13, 1959, and at that point in time appeared to be ahead of the U.S. in the space race.)


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