Kirk Franklin was one of several gospel artists featured May 10 in a night geared toward youth during Billy Graham's Mission San Diego. Photo by Kelli Cottrell
But May 9, during the second evening of Mission San Diego with Billy Graham, Joseph Bekkedahl did something that the famed 84-year-old evangelist would commend. He personally led a 14-year-old boy through a prayer to accept Christ.
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Billy Graham, continuing his ministry in San Diego at age 84, drew 270,000 people to Qualcomm Stadium; more than 16,000 made spiritual decisions during the four-night Mission San Diego. Photo by Kelli Cottrell
Bekkedahl was one of more than 20,000 volunteers recruited by San Diego-area churches, many of whom were Southern Baptist, who made the four-day mission one of the most successful evangelistic initiatives in the history of Southern California.