Friday Gallery: Festival of Hope in Sapporo, Japan

By   •   May 9, 2014

shamisen player
The Hokkaido Festival of Hope kicked off May 9 in Sapporo, Japan. Japanese artist Masahiro Nitta got the crowd fired up with his shamisen.
Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham preached the Gospel message. "God loves Japan ... and He loves you," he told the crowd at Hokkai Kita-Yell, a sports arena in Sapporo.
The man on the left was one of many Japanese people who responded to the Gospel by coming forward.
The May 9-11 Festival will feature a children's event Saturday afternoon.
Lena Maria
Swedish singer Lena Maria shared her voice and her unwavering faith in the Lord. She has no arms but says she has joy because of the love of Jesus.
A woman worships God during the Festival.
Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers
The talented, high-energy Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers had people on their feet praising God.
A 500-voice Japanese choir joined the Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers.
Dennis Agajanian
Fast-picking guitarist Dennis Agajanian was a big hit with the crowd as he played his versions of songs like "Hallelujah Chorus."
Tommy Coomes Band
The Tommy Coomes Band came from California to lead worship at the Festival.
A woman counsels a girl who came forward during the invitation to accept Christ.
Two women pray together after Franklin Graham gave an invitation to accept Christ.
woman and boy
A Japanese believer counsels a boy who came forward during the Gospel invitation.
Two women pray together after the younger of the two responded to the powerful Gospel message. The Festival will continue Saturday and Sunday and will be streamed online at 9 p.m. ET each night at

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  1. Ronnie Radebe says:

    GOD The Almighty is doing wonders everywhere,anytime aslong one believes in the cross.

  2. Karen says:

    Praise God for His mighty move in Japan. Softening the hearts of the people & turning their hearts back to Him.

  3. Robin Mowbray says:

    Thank you BGE for remembering Japan! I can see the Lord is moving in Hokkaido. God bless Japan…Jesus is LORD over all the nations of the earth! They belong to HIM!

  4. Pastor Gary Hall says:

    We (my wife and our church in Nagoya) are so happy and thrilled that Japanese souls are coming to
    Christ. We prayed last night at our Friday night prayer meeting and will continue to pray. My wife
    carol and I were in the Billy Graham Crusade in Tokyo in 1994. May God raise up new pastors, teachers and evangelists from this Crusade. Amen and Praise the Lord.

  5. Bev says:

    I love to see all the people come forward to except the lord.

  6. Linda Yarbrough says:

    How wonderful that the gospel is being proclaimed in Japan!

  7. Jack Strauwald says:

    I love what God is doing in these crusades. The Japanese people have been through a lot and I hope thousands come to Him this weekend!

  8. Mae Klit says:

    I am moved to tears with these photos. I’ve been living in Japan for several years now, and I am aware how small the Christian community is. Seeing Japanese people in worship always brings joy to my heart.

  9. Helen Howard says:

    I am so happy that Franklin Graham followed in his Dad’s footsteps, and is spreading the gospel far and wide. Thankful the people are responding, and choosing to follow Christ.

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