Franklin Graham Preached on Nicodemus and Called for Georgians to Put Away Their Religion and Come to Christ --Sunday Gallery
By Boaz Wadel
Two prayer warriors overlooking the Festival from one of the upstairs windows at Evangelical Faith Church in Tbilisi, spent the entire Festival praying for God to move in the hearts of Georgians.Capturing every moment of Michael W. Smith's set on Sunday evening. For full coverage: http://bit.ly/TbilisiFestivalIt was an emotional day for Michael W. Smith who connected with the 500-member Georgian choir, combining on several songs.Franklin Graham preached on Nicodemus and called for Georgians to put away your religion and come to Christ on the final day of the Festival of Hope (Imedis Festival) in Tbilisi, Georgia. "If you don't remember anything else, remember that God loves you."True fans bring signs.Michael W. Smith tells the Festival choir director to keep the music playing, singing several extra choruses. For full coverage: http://bit.ly/TbilisiFestivalJust a small section of the 500-member Festival choir.When it came time for the invitation, there was no room to facilitate people coming forward, so Franklin Graham asked those wanting to accept Christ into their lives to stand and raise their hands. Many did, as twilight set in Sunday night.No English or Georgian? Headsets were readily available for Russian translation.An aerial shot of the Festival of Hope on Sunday evening.Taking in the Festival of Hope with little regard to the overhead wiring situation.Wrapping up an emotional time of worship on Sunday afternoon in the courtyard.One of three overflow sections, the church sanctuary sat hundreds each night, playing the Festival on two jumbo screens.Georgians packed into the overflow area of the church auditorium on Sunday.The sweet melody of the Georgia Festival choir singing Agnus Dei in Georgian was music to Michael W. Smith's ears.A counseling session on Sunday night in Tbilisi, Georgia.Counseling after the evening session with three teenagers who raised their hands to follow Jesus.Franklin Graham and his interpreter sharing a lighter moment on the final night. For full Festival coverage: http://bit.ly/TbilisiFestivalNot wanting to miss a moment of the Sunday afternoon Festival of Hope.A final chorus with Michael W. Smith and the choir.A memorable day for Michael W. Smith: "I've fallen in love with your country," he said. For full coverage: http://bit.ly/TbilisiFestivalFranklin Graham prays moments before taking the stage to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ as Skip Heitzig came to support the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.Michael W. Smith and the Tommy Coomes Band came together to bring worship music, setting the stage for Franklin Graham to share the Good News.Finding shade was a top priority on Sunday with the high-noon sun beating down on the church courtyard.Talking to the Father during a prayer time at the Festival of Hope.Talented pianist Huntley Brown, of Jamaica, began each service with a melody of hymns and praise music.Dennis Agajanian, aka the "Armenian Cowboy" got the blood moving early with a rendition of "Nothing but the Blood."Directing one of Georgia's largest evangelical choirs on Sunday afternoon, comprised of many members from the 150 involved churches.Georgians continue to worship God despite the sweltering heat Sunday afternoon.With onlookers peering over, Franklin Graham and his interpreter prayed a prayer of salvation in both English and Georgian on Sunday afternoon. "We may never see each other again after tonight, but I'll see you in heaven."On Sunday afternoon, many made first-time decisions to follow Jesus, with some overwhelmed by the move of the Holy Spirit. More than 15,000 packed into the church property over the three-day event, with hundreds making decisions for Christ each day.