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Festival of Hope - Bringing the Church Together

Toronto is going to be buzzing for three days in September as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) of Canada launches a 3 day outreach event at the Air Canada Centre. The Festival of Hope will run from September 12-14 featuring music (from worship leaders like Michael W. Smith and Kari Jobe); testimonies and of course the gospel message delivered by none other than Franklin Graham.

But before that happens, BGEA is encouraging youth and church communities to get involved in something called Community Action Projects. This is a significant part of the BGEA journey that allows us to make a difference in our cities. Geninne Bridge, co-leader of the student team, will be leading various teams as they go out on July 5 to impact their community. As we show the love of Jesus together through community service work, we can be the body of Christ here in Toronto and help change lives in Jesus' name.

As Hany Boghossian, Executive Leader of Greater Toronto Festival of Hope, states, this is not just a 3 day event. The journey from the time that this project was initiated has been fascinating. It has engaged many of the ethnic communities in the Greater Toronto Area, from the Spanish, to the Koreans, to the Chinese and to the Africans. It is the hope of the committee that this whole journey will have a positive impact in our city.

For more information on the Festival of Hope, please visit their website at

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