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Graham Targets Teenagers in Greenville Sermon

Posted September 27, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Prodigal son Franklin Graham spread his father's message in Greenville Monday night. The evangelist son of Billy Graham spoke to thousands of teens, young adults and parents at ECU's Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, as part of a three-day visit to the area.

About 25,000 people spent the warm September evening at the modern-day revival listening to Graham's message of hope. The event specifically targeted young people, particularly teens from this part of the state, who flocked to the stadium.

"We have probably 20, 25 youth or 30 that came with us tonight," Heather McKeel said. "We're all sitting up in one section."

At times the gathering felt more like a concert. At other times, the music was quiet and touching. The performances were a prelude to Graham's message.

"'You mean God in Heaven will forgive me?' Yes, he will forgive you tonight. He will cleanse you and he'll set you free, but you see you've got to make a choice," Graham preached.

"I want my daughter Jennifer to hear that tonight," Marie Farrar said. "That God loves her, God loves me, God loved me when I was her age, when I was a teenager, and he still does. The simple message of the Gospel still stands today -- God loves us all."

Teenagers say Graham's message is refreshing for their generation.

"I want to see the music and also to learn about God's word," one teenager said, early Monday.

"I came to listen to Mr. Graham preach, cause I'd like to hear what he has to say about God," one spectator said.

"I'm hoping to just learn more about God's word and listen to the music."

Graham wraps up his three day tour Tuesday atECU's Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. ,Julie Moos