Sunday Gallery: Festival of Hope in Sapporo, Japan; the Local Pastors Passed the Torch With Hope for the Future of Japan.

By Billy Graham Evangelistic Association On May 11, 2014

The BGEA has been invited to hold a Festival in Tokyo in 2015. On the last night of the Festival of Hope in Sapporo, the local pastors passed the torch to the pastors from Tokyo by presenting them with a banner full of prayers for the future of Japan.

 

singersThe final night of the Hokkaido Festival of Hope took place Sunday night in Sapporo, Japan. A lively Japanese choir kicked off an amazing night of worship.Franklin GrahamFranklin Graham says he always prays before preaching the Gospel. Sunday night, he talked about the Prodigal Son, telling the crowd of thousands that God is waiting to welcome them home if they repent and accept Jesus through faith.dancersThis traditional dance group performed graceful moves to worship music.woman and childThis woman listened to Swedish singer Lena Maria while holding her child. Lena Maria has been disabled since birth but says the love of God gives her joy every day.boy in crowdThe Hokkaido Festival of Hope took place on Japan's northernmost island. Thousands of Japanese people attended, including many children, like this little guy.worshipWorshiping God to the powerful sounds of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers.Franklin GrahamFranklin Graham smiled as he told the crowd gathered in front of the stage that God has forgiven their sins. "Maybe when we get to heaven and have eternity, you can teach me how to use chopsticks," he said.mom and daughterThe final night of the Festival took place on Mother's Day. This mother went forward during the Gospel invitation and prayed as her daughter clung to her.prayingA boy who responded to the Gospel invitation prayed with a trained counselor. A few minutes later, he was in the front row of the crowd as the Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers led worship.counselingA young woman who came forward during the invitation to accept Christ smiled as she spoke with a local counselor.Brooklyn TabThe Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers led worship after the Gospel invitation and response. The love of God was palpable in the arena as hundreds of Japanese rushed to the foot of the stage, lifting their hands in praise and worship.man worshipingThis man worshiped passionately and didn't care who was watching.Tommy Coomes BandThe Tommy Coomes Band led a worship set just before Franklin Graham preached the Gospel.familyA Japanese family worshiped Jesus together.bannerThe BGEA has been invited to hold a Festival in Tokyo in 2015. On the last night of the Festival of Hope in Sapporo, the local pastors passed the torch to the pastors from Tokyo by presenting them with a banner full of prayers for the future of Japan.

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