A two-day Christian event dubbed Ghana Jesus Festival with Franklin Graham, president and Chief Executive(CEO) of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and the International Christian Relief Organization Samaritanâ€™s Purse is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The event will feature messages from Graham, coupled with energetic and inspirational music from the Tommy Coomes Band and Dennis Agajanian, along with local artists from Ghana and a mass choir and thousand of volunteers from the Accra area.
All the festival programmes will be open to the public and are free of charge.
The BGEA International Crusade Director, Carlos G. Kennedy and Tom Phillips, vice-president of Crusades, made these known to journalists at a Press Conference in Accra on Monday.
Present at the conference were leaders of the Christian Churches in Ghana.
They said Grahamâ€™s coming to Accra is in response to an invitation from the leaders of Ghanaâ€™s Christian churches.
According to the BGEA officials and leaders of Christian churches in Ghana, Franklin Graham is coming to Ghana to bring a message of hope and encouragement.
A release quoted Franklin Graham as saying â€śEveryone is welcome, our hope is that anyone in Ghana who is struggling with questions about life or would like a new beginning should join us for this inspiring event.â€ť
Answering questions from journalists, the men of God, said the event would have a positive impact on the countryâ€™s general elections scheduled to take place in December this year.
They explained, that the event is aimed to serve Ghanaians spiritually, and once that is done, people would be transformed. Their hearts would be touched and as a result, they would not engage in politics of insults and other election crimes.
The event, they stressed, was purely engineered by the Christian community and has nothing to do with the government or any political party.
The Ghana Jesus Festival is going to be Franklin Grahamâ€™s first evangelistic event in Ghana but his father, Billy Graham, had held evangelistic events in Accra and Kumasi in 1960.
Franklinâ€™s relief organization, Samaritans Purse, has also been active in Ghana for many years delivering gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children through the operation Christmas Child Project, as well as helping to support medical mission work in the country.
Franklin Graham has since 1989, held an average of seven festivals each year as an evangelist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
For this year (2012), other Grahams Festival schedule includes events in Sendai, Japan (March - 2 â€“ 4); Budapest, Hungary (June 1-3); Riga, Latvia (June 9-10); Rochester, NY (June 16-17); Green Bay, Wisc (August 18-19); and Buffalo, N.Y. (September 22-23).