Graham Will Keep Preaching in 2003

From Times Wire Services

Evangelist Billy Graham has decided to continue his crusades with a May appearance in San Diego.

Graham, 84, waited until completing his 2002 missions with an event in the Dallas/Fort Worth area before deciding whether he would preach in 2003.

"My burden to proclaim the Gospel is as strong as ever," he said in a prepared statement. "Therefore, health permitting, my associates and I will be glad to accept the invitation to come to California to join hands in proclaiming the Gospel."

Former San Diego Chargers kicker Rolf Bernischke will serve as chairman of the event.

Graham added that he is pleasantly surprised that invitations to preach keep coming.

"To be honest, I never expected to continue receiving invitations into my 80s."

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