Billy Graham cites weakness; may hold no revival meetings after October

Posted: Friday, July 05, 2002

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Rev. Billy Graham said his Cincinnati rallies that concluded Sunday left him feeling weaker than ever. He has scheduled no revival meetings after an October one in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The 83-year-old evangelist told The Cincinnati Enquirer he almost fainted once during last week's meeting and felt Satan's opposition while preaching in the city.

''It may be something within me, my physical condition, which is the weakest it's ever been in holding meetings,'' Graham remarked, indicating that failing health posed a problem for future missions. A spokesman said Graham would decide on 2003 plans after the Texas appearance.

Graham, who has Parkinson's disease and other medical problems, said numbness often sweeps through his body in the afternoon.

Cincinnati attendance was lower than organizers expected until Sunday, when 65,600 people packed Paul Brown Stadium. Four-day turnouts totaled 201,600 and officials said more than 11,000 people responded to Graham's invitation to receive Christ.

There was concern the Cincinnati mission might not make its budget of $2.8 million, but local leaders said 86 percent was in the bank and final offerings and pledges would make up the remainder.

Graham's sermons stressed racial reconciliation in the troubled city.

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