Thousands attend Guahan Festival of Hope

Thousands of people gathered to hear a message of God's love during the one-day Guahan Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham.

On Sunday, thousands of people gathered at the one-day Guahan Festival of Hope to listen to evangelist Franklin Graham.

The message of the festival was “to share a message of God’s love,” according to organizers.

Pastor Franklin Graham, son of famous evangelist Billy Graham and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, spoke to festival-goers about the word of God and the life of Jesus Christ.

Along with Pastor Graham, Grammy award-winning Christian singer and songwriter Michael W. Smith also performed as well as award-winning guitarist Dennis Agajanian, who started traveling the world with Billy Graham more than 40 years ago.

The Guåhan Festival of Hope is part of a round-the-world festival with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and marked Franklin Graham’s first-ever visit to Guam.

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“A few years ago when Yutu hit Saipan, we felt we should respond to try and help the people of the island, which we did — ith a lot of relief supplies, tarps, generators, those types of things. But we felt the most important thing was to come back for the spiritual. That’s why we’re here to come to Saipan and then to Guam. To share with the Chamorro people, the people of Guam, how they can have a relationship with God, and that’s through faith and his son Jesus Christ,” Graham said.

The visit from the pastor comes after he had his seven-city tour of the United Kingdom canceled following an outcry over what critics say were homophobic and Islamophobic comments from Graham’s sermon.