Franklin Graham, the son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, will pray on the Alabama State Capitol steps at noon Thursday.
Graham, who is president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), will visit Montgomery as part of his nationwide “Decision America Tour 2016” — a national outreach effort of the BGEA to visit the state capitals of all 50 states this year, spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and encourage grass-roots involvement in the political process in communities across the country.
“The moral and political walls of our nation are crumbling,” Graham said earlier this year. “Our nation is in trouble. And there’s not one political party that can fix it.”
Thursday’s stop will be Graham’s sixteenth stop on the 50 state tour that began Jan. 5 and is scheduled to wrap-up shortly before Election Day in his home state of North Carolina. Before heading to Montgomery, Graham will visit Arkansas Tuesday and Mississippi Wednesday.
“I hope that Christians will turn out by the thousands—families, college student groups, church bus loads—and let it be known that we care, we have a voice, and we’re going to be involved in the political process in this country,” he wrote on Facebook Saturday.
Prior to this week, Graham’s most recent stop was in Sacramento, California, where an estimated 7,500 people showing up at the State Capitol on March 31 to pray hand in hand.
According to the tour’s website, since the tour’s inception more than 13,400 people have formed prayer groups and 66,000 people have signed pledges to be leaders for Jesus Christ in their communities.