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Marianas Festival of Hope organizers hold youth conference

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ONE hundred seventy young men and women participated in the 2020 Chosen Youth Conference at the multi-purpose center on Saturday, Marilou G. Arriola said.

The 2020 Marianas Festival of Hope communications committee chair, Arriola said the conference discussed the youth’s “importance in the community and in the eyes of God.”

She said most of the conference participants are members of local Christian churches.

“Our goal was to build up their understanding of their importance and their love for each other — and the need to build relationships with their home, school, and community,” Arriola said.

The 2020 Chosen Youth Conference was held at the multi-purpose center on Saturday.  Contributed photo

She added that the conference also prepared the youth for the “big event” on Feb. 21 when the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, in collaboration with the Christian churches on Saipan, will hold the Marianas Festival of Hope.

Jeffrey Ferris, festival director, said it will be held at the American Memorial Park amphitheater and will feature the Tommy Coomes Band and Michael W. Smith, a Grammy Award winner.

“It will be a time of music and fun and most importantly, Rev. Franklin Graham will share the message of hope to people,” Ferris said.

Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, is the president and chief executive officer of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He also heads Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization that helped families on Saipan and Tinian recover from Super Typhoon Yutu, which hit both islands in Oct. 2018.

Ferris said the Marianas Festival of Hope is free and everyone is welcome to join. “We are reaching out to everybody,” he added.

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