Billy Graham and the last crusade
No one has been more touched by the ministry of Billy Graham than Sydney Anglican Brian Quinsey who became a Christian at the 1959 Crusade in Sydney.
"Prior to the 1959 Crusade, I had virtually no contact with church. My interests were rugby, surf life saving and going for a drink with the boys."
Mr Quinsey, who attends St Philip's, Caringbah, attended the 1959 Crusade as a 20-year-old with his wife, Beverley, his parents and his younger sister.
"We had to all sit separately because the seating was so full. I went out the front to make a commitment then I looked around and saw that all five of us had gone forward at the same time."
"I became aware that God was there but I had never given him the place he ought to have in my life," Mr Quinsey says.
Close to 10,000 people came forward at Billy Graham's last crusade.
They were part of a quarter of a million people who came to New York to hear the 86 year-old-evangelist speak over three days from June 24 to 26.
"I was asked in an interview if this is our last crusade, and it probably is " in New York," Mr. Graham told the crowd of 90,000 gathered for the final meeting on a hot and humid Sunday afternoon.
"But I also said, "Never say never'."
Mr Quinsey agrees " you never know what the Spirit of God will lead you on to.
Mr Quinsey was a counsellor at the 1968 and 1979 Sydney Crusades and was one of the many men who entered Moore College after making a commitment at the 1959 Crusades.
He is now the National Ministry Director for Serving In Mission Australia
"Billy Graham has been a unique man in his ministry and has reached the most people in terms of worldwide communication of the gospel," he says.
"His life has endorsed his teaching. He has stood out from other evangelists because he has not just talked the talk but also walked the walk."
"God has used Billy Graham in a wonderful way."
Photos courtesy of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association