PHOTOS: Diverse Crowd Packs Arena for Day One of Vancouver Festival

By   •   March 4, 2017

girls smiling
Hearts are overwhelmed with joy at the Greater Vancouver Festival of Hope, which runs March 3-5, at the Rogers Arena.
line outside building
The line into the Rogers Arena spilled down a flight of stairs and wrapped around the corner for the first night of the Greater Vancouver Festival of Hope on Friday.
young girl with phone
Friday's audience was filled with young people eager to worship God and share with others.
Franklin Graham and crowd
Franklin Graham looks out into a sea of people to share the Gospel.
women in worship
Vancouver is known for its diversity, and churches in the city are excited about the potential cultural impact of the 3-day Festival of Hope.
Franklin Graham prayers
Members of the Festival committee join Franklin Graham in prayer before he takes the stage.
Jasmine Tate singing
Singer/songwriter Jasmine Tate is hosting the Festival of Hope. Friday, she took a moment to worship with the crowd.
tattooed men with hands raised
People from all walks of life lifting their hands in surrender to God.
Franklin Graham
"The only one who's good is God," Franklin Graham said, explaining how we all sin and fall short.
Franklin Graham
Despite our sin, we can find freedom and forgiveness in Christ. That was the hope of Franklin Graham's message in Vancouver.
group walking
It wasn't long before the empty Rogers Arena floor was filled with people walking forward as Franklin Graham gave the invitation to accept Christ.
young ladies hug
Will you pray for those who walked forward Friday night during the invitation to accept Christ in Vancouver?
chaplain looking at crowd
In addition to volunteer counselors, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains dotted the crowd, ready to help where needed.
Couple smiling
Listening as Franklin Graham describes what it's like to have a new life in Christ.
young men posing
Posing for a selfie after making the greatest decision—a decision for Christ.
Hillsong Young & Free
Hillsong Young & Free was a crowd favorite along with Phil Wickham.
Woman smiling
All smiles while learning more about Jesus.
women embrace
"Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them." —Hebrews 7:25
Counselor with boy
Answering questions for a little guy who walked forward.
crowd jumping
Having a blast at the Festival of Hope. The event continues Saturday with performances by For King & Country, The Afters and more. Watch the event live at 7 p.m. PST.