Small Community, Huge Heart: Hundreds in Arctic Canadian Village Receive Christ

By Ron Nickel   •   October 27, 2019

The Baker Lake Celebration of Hope with Will Graham opened October 26 in Nunavut, the largest and most northern territory in Canada. The second and final night of the event was held the next day.
"For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved," the Bible states in Romans 10:13. Will Graham preached from the Scriptures throughout the weekend.
The beautifully massive Nunavut territory in Canada is home to many hearty animals including the caribou. This land belongs to the Inuit, a group indigenous to the area for thousands of years.
Being the Canadian Arctic’s sole inland community, Baker Lake is small and isolated. God was faithful, though, as an incredible percentage of the community placed their faith in Jesus Christ.
Glad Tidings Full Gospel Church is one of three churches in Baker Lake that united in prayer ahead of the weekend Celebration. Would you please pray for these churches—Anglican, Glad Tidings and Roman Catholic—that will be responsible for following up with and discipling new believers in the area?
Aaron Shust, an award-winning Christian artist, led the Qamanittuaq Recreation Centre in worship.
Children and adults filled the venue during Sunday's outreach.
October typically starts the winter months for Baker Lake, and this weekend the village weathered temperatures with highs of 29 and lows of 14.
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all of the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing!” the Bible declares in Psalm 100:1-2.
A trained counselor explains more about what it means to make a decision for Christ.
Graham often visits Canada, but this is his first trip to the village of Baker Lake, situated in the geographic center of Canada.
It's hard to sit still when music worshipping God is playing.
The Canadian Christian group The Color performed both nights of the event.
Will Graham shared a message of God's love in Baker Lake. More than a quarter of those in attendance made a decision for Christ on Saturday night.
Family, friends, neighbors in this small community of about 2,000 people rejoiced with one another as loved ones made decisions for Christ.
1 Timothy 3:5 states, "For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."
A decision for Christ should be made thoughtfully. Trained counselors talk it through with people before holding a time of prayer.
Whether it's a quick handshake and a hello or a longer chat and a prayer, Will Graham enjoys meeting folks wherever he goes.
“Baker Lake, Nunavut, is a small community with a huge heart,” Will Graham posted on his Facebook page after the Saturday night Celebration. “Praise God for the many that responded to place their faith in Him last night at the Celebration of Hope!”