YFC Era Two: Wildfire Expansion

YFC Era Two: Wildfire Expansion

Art Deyo


Wildfire Expansion Under President Bob Cook (1948–1957)

  • Bob Cook elected as second president — July 1948
  • 100 teams to Europe in 1950; One million in attendance; 10,000 decisions
  • Goal — “To evangelize the world in this generation.” – Billy Graham — July 1950
  • “I feel we are in the midst of a nationwide revival.” – Billy Graham — 1949–1951
  • Bob Cook announces “Million Souls Crusade” — December 1950
  • 12 World Congresses each year 1948–1960
  • Many co-operative events/rallies between YFC and Billy Graham — 1949–1962
  • 1951: YFCI in 75 countries; Goal — “To have YFC in every U.S. county” — 3,070
  • Youth Guidance and Institutional Ministry begins with Bruce Love — 1951
  • Jack Hamilton: “We now have 1,000 clubs in 30 states.” — March 1952
  • YFC expands into Asia under Dave Morken and Sam Wolgemuth — 1952–1954
  • Giant rallies of 8,000 to 20,000 in many cities
  • “Never thought it’d get this big!” – Torrey Johnson, Winona Lake, 10th Anniversary, 1954
  • YFC: “One of the miracles of the 20th Century.” – Billy Graham — 1954
  • Kelly Bihl starts YFC Director’s School in Kansas City — July 1954

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