Will Graham: ‘For God So Loves Quinte’

By   •   October 7, 2019

The Quinte Celebration of Hope in Belleville, Ontario, has ended but local churches are welcoming new believers into their congregations. More than 5,900 attended the three-day outreach and over 9,900 watched the livestream online.
"If you've been hurt by a church, I’m sorry," Will Graham said. "But I’m here to tell you that God still loves you and God wants to come into your life, and do something you can’t do yourself."
"I feel a great spirit of worship here tonight," said Canadian contemporary Christian music artist Matt Maher. "What a powerful witness to those in the building who don't go to church—to see us agreeing on the fact that we all need God."
During the weekend outreach, several hundred people made decisions for Christ that will change their life here on earth and for eternity. Read stories from Saturday and Sunday's events.
The Afters' Josh Havens told Belleville that "God is always faithful and God is bigger than our biggest struggles. He's bigger than addiction, He's bigger than broken relationships, bigger than fear, bigger than anxiety."
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." —Psalm 147:3
This band’s name—The Color—comes from the idea that color brings life to the world around us. Lead guitarist Larry Abrams has said, “That is what we want to do with our lives and music. We want to bring life and a message of hope that we know can only be found in Jesus Christ.”
Prayer is so valuable and doesn't cost anything. This woman stopped by a booth set up in the CAA Arena to be prayed over.
Will Graham spends time in prayer with others before the final night of the Quinte Celebration.
It's never too early to put your faith in Christ. A prayer counselor stops to lift up this young man to the Lord.
Embracing being together at the Celebration.
While the Bay of Quinte is scenic, the city of Belleville has its issues like anywhere else. The number of residents who died from overdoses in the first quarter of this year rose 35 percent compared to the same period in 2018. Helping people understand they can be free of addictions and other negative lifestyles—and find hope in Christ—is why events such as the Quinte Celebration with Will Graham are so important.
Seventy-five churches from the Quinte Region have participated in events leading up to and through Celebration weekend. Now, they're prepared to connect with people who made decisions for Christ, and help encourage and equip them in their faith.
At Friday night’s KidzFest, Angie Rogers and her band sang, danced and played guitar for more than 1,300 children and their families. A singer-songwriter, Rogers lives in eastern Canada and has been leading worship for 15 years. She's also been nominated for two MusicNL (Newfoundland and Labrador) awards.
Before the Celebration, Will Graham did an interview with 102.3 FM UCB Belleville—a local Christian station. Radio hosts Mark and Rhonda McFaul spoke with him and later served as emcees at the Celebration.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” —Isaiah 60:1-3
These teens came forward in response to Will Graham's invitation. >> Want to find out more about how to know God? Start here.