Sunday Gallery: Festival of Hope in Sapporo, Japan; the Local Pastors Passed the Torch With Hope for the Future of Japan.
By Boaz Wadel
The 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 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.This traditional dance group performed graceful moves to worship music.This 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.The Hokkaido Festival of Hope took place on Japan's northernmost island. Thousands of Japanese people attended, including many children, like this little guy.Worshiping God to the powerful sounds of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers.Franklin 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.The 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.A 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.A young woman who came forward during the invitation to accept Christ smiled as she spoke with a local counselor.The 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.This man worshiped passionately and didn't care who was watching.The Tommy Coomes Band led a worship set just before Franklin Graham preached the Gospel.A Japanese family worshiped Jesus together.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.