The Rev. Billy Graham plans to preach at a crusade this weekend in his first public appearance since undergoing rib surgery in April.
Doctors wanted the 71-year-old evangelist to rest longer, but Graham told his staff that "God wants me to come to Albany," said spokesman A. Larry Ross.
Graham is scheduled to speak at the Knickerbocker Arena on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the closing nights of the eight-day Christian crusade.
The Rev. Ralph Bell, who has worked with Graham for 25 years, filled in for him when the crusade opened Sunday.