How Now Chairman Mao?
1972 HFP, Volume 4 Number 3
Britain, Denmark, Ireland and Norway formed the European Economic Community. President Nixon made public his secret
plans to secure the release of American POWs and withdraw from Vietnam. Shirley Chisholm, the first
African-American woman elected the the US Congress, announced she was running for president. And one day before
the Winter Olympics were to begin in Sapporo, Japan, our little newspaper the HFP went to press.
We had received an exciting invitation to bring up to 125 Jesus People to the Scandinavian countries of Sweden,
Norway, Denmark and Finland during the latter half of June, 1972, to hold Jesus festivals, distribute the HFP and
do street witnessing. We were busy recruiting Jesus People to come with us on the trip as well as working on all
the many logistical details for a two-week visit to Europe.
Our founding editor Duane Pederson was still planning to travel to Vietnam in March to minister to some of the
many thousands of American troops still in that country. He had also accepted an invitation to minister in Mexico
City in April.
We were gearing up to attend Explo '72, a week-long evangelistic conference in Dallas, Texas featuring Billy Graham. More than 100,000 high
school and college students were expected to attend, many of them Jesus People. An eight-hour-long concert of Jesus music featuring Larry
Norman, Randy Matthews, Love Song and others was the centerpiece of the conference, and would later
be called by many the Christian Woodstock.
Our brother Warren Heard created the "Jesus - Wow, he's real!" cartoon shown at right. The photograph at lower
right is, of course, our dear brother Larry Norman who left this planet to be with his Lord about a week ago as we
write this. Now that Larry's in Heaven, the devil definitely does NOT have all the good music.
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