Thousands Rocked in Edmonton

By   •   August 30, 2010

One teen girl at the Edmonton Rock the River Tour West event was there because her sister invited her. Saturday was her first time listening to the music by these particular bands, but she enjoyed it. She also has a renewed relationship with Jesus Christ.

“When he (Franklin Graham) talked about knowing you’re ready to accept Jesus, but you still turn your back on Him, that caught my attention. I haven’t been giving Him the best of me,” she said. “The heart of my prayer is asking God for forgiveness. I know his love is great. I’ve been turning away from him, but now I want Him to be the center of my life.”

“Seeing all of the people going up there to accept Christ is just incredible,” said 17-year-old Tianna Heltman, an Edmonton high school student who worked as a volunteer during Saturday’s Rock the River Tour West event at Telus Field. “I love how this event can change so many lives by reaching people where they are and in a way that makes sense to them.”

Franklin Graham said, “This is what it’s all about…preaching God’s Gospel. We’re battling for the souls of young people.”

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