Tbilisi Festival of Hope: Sunday Gallery

By   •   June 8, 2014

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.
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.
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."
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."
Georgians continue to worship God despite the sweltering heat Sunday afternoon.
Georgians continue to worship God despite the sweltering heat Sunday afternoon.
Directing one of Georgia's largest evangelical choirs on Sunday afternoon, comprised of many members from the 150 involved churches.
Directing one of Georgia's largest evangelical choirs on Sunday afternoon, comprised of many members from the 150 involved churches.
Dennis Agajanian, aka the "Armenian Cowboy" got the blood moving early with a rendition of "Nothing but the Blood."
Dennis Agajanian, aka the "Armenian Cowboy" got the blood moving early with a rendition of "Nothing but the Blood."
Talented pianist Huntley Brown, of Jamaica, began each service with a melody of hymns and praise music.
Talented pianist Huntley Brown, of Jamaica, began each service with a melody of hymns and praise music.
Talking to the Father during a prayer time at the Festival of Hope.
Talking to the Father during a prayer time at the Festival of Hope.
Finding shade was a top priority on Sunday with the high-noon sun beating down on the church courtyard.
Finding shade was a top priority on Sunday with the high-noon sun beating down on the church courtyard.
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.
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.
Franklin 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.
Franklin 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.
A memorable day for Michael W. Smith: "I've fallen in love with your country," he said. For full coverage: http://bit.ly/TbilisiFestival
A memorable day for Michael W. Smith: "I've fallen in love with your country," he said. For full coverage: http://bit.ly/TbilisiFestival
A final chorus with Michael W. Smith and the choir.
A final chorus with Michael W. Smith and the choir.
Not wanting to miss a moment of the Sunday afternoon Festival of Hope.
Not wanting to miss a moment of the Sunday afternoon Festival of Hope.
Franklin Graham and his interpreter sharing a lighter moment on the final night. For full Festival coverage: http://bit.ly/TbilisiFestival
Franklin Graham and his interpreter sharing a lighter moment on the final night. For full Festival coverage: http://bit.ly/TbilisiFestival
Counseling after the evening session with three teenagers who raised their hands to follow Jesus.
Counseling after the evening session with three teenagers who raised their hands to follow Jesus.
A counseling session on Sunday night in Tbilisi, Georgia.
A counseling session on Sunday night in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The sweet melody of the Georgia Festival choir singing Agnus Dei in Georgian was music to Michael W. Smith's ears.
The sweet melody of the Georgia Festival choir singing Agnus Dei in Georgian was music to Michael W. Smith's ears.
Georgians packed into the overflow area of the church auditorium on Sunday.
Georgians packed into the overflow area of the church auditorium on Sunday.
One of three overflow sections, the church sanctuary sat hundreds each night, playing the Festival on two jumbo screens.
One of three overflow sections, the church sanctuary sat hundreds each night, playing the Festival on two jumbo screens.
Wrapping up an emotional time of worship on Sunday afternoon in the courtyard.
Wrapping up an emotional time of worship on Sunday afternoon in the courtyard.
Taking in the Festival of Hope with little regard to the overhead wiring situation.
Taking in the Festival of Hope with little regard to the overhead wiring situation.
An aerial shot of the Festival of Hope on Sunday evening.
An aerial shot of the Festival of Hope on Sunday evening.
No English or Georgian? Headsets were readily available for Russian translation.
No English or Georgian? Headsets were readily available for Russian translation.
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.
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.
Just a small section of the 500-member Festival choir.
Just a small section of the 500-member Festival choir.
Michael W. Smith tells the Festival choir director to keep the music playing, singing several extra choruses. For full coverage: http://bit.ly/TbilisiFestival
Michael W. Smith tells the Festival choir director to keep the music playing, singing several extra choruses. For full coverage: http://bit.ly/TbilisiFestival
True fans bring signs.
True fans bring signs.
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."
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."
It was an emotional day for Michael W. Smith who connected with the 500-member Georgian choir, combining on several songs.
It was an emotional day for Michael W. Smith who connected with the 500-member Georgian choir, combining on several songs.
Capturing every moment of Michael W. Smith's set on Sunday evening. For full coverage: http://bit.ly/TbilisiFestival
Capturing every moment of Michael W. Smith's set on Sunday evening. For full coverage: http://bit.ly/TbilisiFestival
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.
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.

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9 Comments

  1. shekinah prasanna kumar says:

    God loves billy graham

  2. Elia Noel says:

    God bless all who attended the ministry, May his power be with all.

  3. Solomon N. Ndlovu says:

    Praises be unto our God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who by Jesus has granted us victory and success in everything we set our hearts concerning the fulfilment of His will.

    Tbilis Goergia for Jesus, Halleluia!

  4. Mary Kumuda says:

    There will be great rejoicing in heaven over the lives that were saved over this weekend in Tbilisi, Georgia. I salute the humility of Franklin Graham, Michael W. Smith and others who came and ministered inspite of the obstacles the hope festival faced. There is victory in the name of Jesus!

  5. SJ Breuner says:

    My husband and I lived in eastern Europe in 1990 when it first opened up. What a blessing to see the Good News about Jesus touching so many! A dream come true!!

  6. Susan Kosper says:

    All of Heaven is rejoicing! God bless Franklin Graham, his ministry team, and all new believers. In Jesus’s Name, Susan Kosper.

  7. Teresa sue says:

    When I was little my mother left me in a play pen often. By my self alone abandoned hungry, thirsty. Dirty. I sat crying. Then The Man of God came on the TV. I remember him preaching….You Must Be Born Again. At 16 I gave my heart to Jesus.. .but I never will for get they sang…Just as I am…I always wanted to tell Billy Graham because of him I ran to give my life to Jesus….I am now born again… Thank you Rev. Billy Graham… Jesus loves you.

  8. Carlo Brando Rosal says:

    May our Almighty God continually bless BGEA Ministry, that many people come to Christ & get save..!
    I keep on praying for this ministry..
    God bless..

  9. Yvonne Hoell says:

    I knew God would work out that change of venue, and bring many people to Christ. The devil didn’t want the Good News to go out, but GOD did, and as ALWAYS, HE MADE A WAY. Thank you God, thank you Franklin and all the musicians. Thank you GOD for all those who came into you family over this weekend. So happy I am crying big tears! GOD IS SO GOOD!