Festival of Hope Kicks Off in Paraguay

Thousands people of Temuco will hear a straightforward message of God’s love this week through an interdenominational outreach of more than 700 area churches in cooperation with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).

Festival de Esperanza con Franklin Graham, which begins on today and ends Saturday, May 14, will include three nights of challenging messages from evangelist Franklin Graham, messages from local leaders, music, and a program for youth and children. The event in the Defensores del Chaco Stadium will also be carried live by satellite to five of the Paraguay largest cities.

“I look forward to bringing God’s message of hope to Asuncion,” Franklin said Graham after being invited by church leaders to conduct his first ever Festival of Hope in Paraguay. “People will hear a lot stories, and most importantly, an opportunity to accept God’s love that will change their lives.”

Since 1989, Franklin Graham has conducted an average of seven Festivals of Hope a year as an evangelist for the BGEA. Last year, Graham had Festivals in Tijuana, México; Temuco, Chile; Durban, South Africa; Bakersfield, California and Halifax, Canada.

Festivals have included energetic and inspirational music by some of the world’s top Christian artists such as Jars of Clay, Rebecca St. James, Nicole C. Mullen, The Katinas, Darlene Zchech, and more.

Performers during this week’s Festival of Hope include award-winning artists Marcos Witt, Marcos Vidal, Assiria, guitar virtuoso Dennis Agajanian, The Gutierrez Brothers, California-based Tommy Coomes Band, and many local musicians.

A preparatory event at the Olimpia club stadium in Asunción was held last month by Festival organizers. According to the local ABC daily, the event drew over 20,000 young evangelical attendants.

Organizers hope that this week’s event in the nation’s capital will be overflowing with more than 30,000 young evangelical worshippers.