An extravaganza taking place in Hamilton the evening of Feb. 10 will  showcase Christian talent, celebrate God’s love for us all, assist with the establishment of Christian schools in needy countries and provide a spiritual angle to the celebration of Valentine’s Day.

With Love Comes Hope is set for Hamilton Place and, according to spokesperson Magdi Boctor, is aimed at bringing people together in one place and sharing the gifts they’ve been given with each other in the glory of God.

“The idea developed from the fact that Valentine’s Day is mid-week the following week,” he told The Interim. “It is a time when (people) express their affection and love for one another. I thought how appropriate it would be to enlarge that and recognize we have been given this wonderful gift of love from the Father who asks us to share this love with one another.”

The evening will feature performances from the realms of dramatization, dance, African gospel, Christian choirs and bands and more. So far, 12 artists have been booked, but the event is still soliciting involvement from others who can offer their gifts.

“We’re calling … any act whatsoever that wants to come and give what they have to the community, demonstrating that God is in our midst and his presence is to be shared with others,” said Boctor. “We’re showcasing the different talents of Christians.”

The event is being staged by City of God Productions, a Christian media production company. Proceeds from the $15 admission charge will go to Worldwide Christian Schools, a registered charity that helps establish Christian schools in underprivileged parts of the world.

“They build schoolhouses in Third World countries and take Christian high school students in the Golden Horseshoe area for a two-week period to construct schoolhouses,” said Boctor. “It’s beneficial to our kids, who go from our country to the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, and to the kids in Third World countries.” WWCS has launched 240 school projects since 1986, with 1,072 teachers trained in 2004-2005 and 34,000 children educated in 44 countries. More information is available at its website: www.wwcs.org.

The screening of testimonies will also be a part of With Love Comes Hope. “We’re sending out a call to anyone who would like tp participate in giving a witness or a testimony as to how God has played a part in their life,” said Boctor. “We’ll create a montage of people sharing their heartfelt emotions on video and will play that throughout the evening between acts.”

Those interested in performing, giving a testimony or in more general informaton about the event can call (905) 634-5433. The website is at www.cityofgod.ca.