The Mission of Entire Finland
Billy Graham reached an audience of 183,000 people at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium in 1987. The six-day meeting serie gathered visitors from all over Finland.
This August, it was 35 years since the world-famous evangelist Billy Graham visited Finland. Mission Helsinki was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium from 25 to 30 August 1987.
The Finns were interested in Billy Graham. During the week, a total of 183,000 visitors attended. A record participation was made on at the closing meeting on Sunday when Billy Graham drew 42,500 listeners.
Inviting Billy Graham to Finland was not an easy task. The initiator, Joint Evangelical Committee, prepared the event for several years.
Perhaps the most shun was caused by the way Mr. Graham invited his audience to the front after his speech when he led them in prayer to ask Jesus into their lives.
A surprising number of people stood up. During the six days more than 9,000 people walked up to the stage and prayed with Billy Graham; about one third of them were men.