Pointing the Next Generation to God’s Absolute Truth

By Ron Nickel   •   July 25, 2021

Flame performing in front of crowd of people
Saturday was Student Night at the Mountain State Celebration with Will Graham in Fairmont, West Virginia. The three-day evangelistic outreach is what many are praying will be the catalyst for revival in this city and surrounding counties.
Will Graham smiling
Will Graham's message focused on John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The maple syrup pictured is a gift Graham plans to give to his children. He went on to talk about how salvation is a free gift from God.
Skillet performing
Skillet resembles a heavy metal band, but their songs are about the love of Christ and promote a message of salvation. Lead vocalist John Cooper spoke affirming words to students: “When you stand on the Word of God, all the chaos, all the voices—you don’t know what to listen to—all those voices go away because the Word of God lives and stands forever.”
Teen listening intently
"Mountaineers are always free" is West Virginia’s state motto. Saturday, Will Graham shared the Gospel message and how to find freedom in Christ. Are you searching for peace? >> Find peace with God today.
Kids at KidzFest jumping
Fun, music and a Gospel message that children can understand drew more than 600 children and parents to KidzFest on Saturday morning.
Josh Havens
"The beautiful thing about God is His grace,” said Josh Havens, guitarist and lead vocalist for The Afters. “He just takes us as we are.” Before playing “Well Done,” Havens talked about heaven. “I can’t wait for the day I see God and hear the words, ‘Well done.’”
Flame singing
Students listened as Flame shared his testimony. Depressed after his grandmother died, he met someone “that loved Jesus enough and cared about me enough to invite me to church.” Flame prayed to God: “'I’m tired of running from You. Will You heal my broken heart?' At 16 years old, He saved my soul and He’s been keeping me ever since.”
Crowd shot
In part of his message, Will Graham spoke directly to people who might be considering suicide. “[God] knows that some of you want to give up in life. You want to end your life,” Graham said. “God gives you purpose in life. God gives you meaning in life, but you must come to Him.”
Musical artists, Will Graham and others praying in a circle
Saturday's musical artists, Will Graham and others pray before the event.
Will Graham
Will Graham speaking at KidzFest.
Family smiling
Family night out at the Mountain State Celebration.
Woman and small girl with prayer volunteer
Will Graham challenged students and others with a Biblical message and a decision to make. Many hearts were stirred by the Holy Spirit to come forward and surrender to Christ.
Woman praising God
More than 1,800 people came to Saturday night’s Celebration and another 6,000 people from 45 countries watched online.
Young boy smiling with book and prayer volunteer
Young boy holding a "Jesus Loves Me" book from KidzFest.
Woman worshiping with hands raised
“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” —Isaiah 55:12, ESV
Yancy singing
Yancy performing for children at KidzFest.
Family and prayer volunteer praying
Many responded to the Gospel message in Fairmont, West Virginia, Saturday. Please pray for them to connect with a local Bible-based church and continue to grow in their faith.