Thursday, August 30, 2012
Last Sunday’s Harvest Crusade meeting with Greg Laurie at Angel Stadium, Anaheim, was ‘the largest single presentation of the gospel in American history!’
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
ANAHEIM, CA (ANS) -- The figures are now in, and according to Pastor John Collins, Executive Director of Greg Laurie’s Harvest Crusades, last Sunday’s event at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, broke all records for a single presentation of the gospel in American history.
Tens of thousands of Harvest America participants gathered at churches, auditoriums, parks, and theaters to watch the message of hope presented by Southern California pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie, made available via satellite and a live streaming webcast. More than 600 radio stations also carried the Harvest outreach live and nine television networks made the program available.
“We have come up with some numbers that we feel are fairly accurate to gauge our total reach. Out of more than 2400 host sites that participated, over a 1,000 of those were churches, and others were neutral sites, hotel ballrooms, gymnasiums, homes, etc. We have had more than 480 who have reported back with their results.”
Collins said that when they “extrapolated” the data (counting only about half for the sites that haven't reported), the totals they ended up with are these:
* 235,000 attended host venues on Sunday
He added: “When we add our Saturday totals, it means that we reached 312,000 people in live attendance over the weekend, with more than 22,000 making professions of faith. When we add the internet viewing audience our total number of people who watched either live in person or on the web at over 400,000! These numbers don't reflect how many people – potentially in the millions – that also viewed or listened to the event live on television and radio.
“Now we focus on Dodger Stadium. Let's not let up. Keep on praying! Pray hard for the crusade, web, and media teams. They are working overtime to get us to the finish line. Let's keep our foot on the neck of the enemy as God is doing great things in our midst!”
The final 2012 Harvest Crusade event is scheduled for Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on September 8 - 9. For more information, go to http://la.harvest.org/.
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