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

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