By Peter Wooding, European Bureau Chief for the ASSIST News Service
LONDON, UK (ANS – October 26, 2016) — When Leading The Way’s Founder and President Dr. Michael Youssef challenged more than 1,500 people to consider the value of their soul, many people in the London Palladium stood to receive Christ for the first time on Monday, October 24, 2016.
During this historic evening, believed to be one of the first ever evangelistic events in this iconic theatre, Dr. Youssef gave a powerful message from Mark 8:36: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
He told the packed theatre: “God created the human soul and He alone knows its value. . . . God provided one way to come to Him, and it’s not every religion — it’s Jesus Christ!”
Leading up to Dr. Youssef’s Gospel appeal was a joyous time of worship led by internationally renowned UK Gospel artist Noel Robinson.
One of the most moving parts of the evening was when former drug addict Bruce Pearson received a standing ovation after sharing the transforming impact of listening to Dr. Youssef on Premier Christian Radio.
Pearson said: “It’s definitely a pinch yourself moment for me from hearing Dr Youssef on the radio while living in a hostel to being on stage at the Palladium. It’s beyond my wildest dreams. I didn’t think I’d be alive, let alone be at the Palladium. I went from being a leading cast member on the devil’s stage to sharing the stage with Dr. Michael Youssef tonight on God’s stage. It’s really a miracle moment for me.”
A number of key Christian leaders were also present during the evening including Wagih Abdelmassih, pastor of London’s Arabic Evangelical Church, who said Dr. Youssef’s ministry has played a key role in their outreach work in London: “At our centre in London we’re always encouraging people to watch Leading The Way’s KINGDOM SAT broadcasts, as our ministry is to those who speak Arabic. We’re also seeing an amazing response in our bookshop to those who read Dr Youssef’s books which have been translated into Arabic.”
At the end of the evening, Dr. Youssef concluded: “The Holy Spirit’s work was evident here tonight, and I was so excited to see people in every section of the theatre standing up for the first time to accept Christ.”
He added: “It was worth coming all this way if just one person’s soul was saved tonight.”
To learn more about how you can support Leading The Way’s Gospel outreach in the UK, and also in the Muslim world, visit http://uk.ltw.org/, or call 0800 432 0419.
You can also follow Dr. Michael Youssef on Twitter at: @MichaelAYoussef
About Leading The Way:
Now celebrating over 25 years of ministry, Leading The Way’s television and radio programs are broadcast to more than 190 countries in 24 languages. Leading The Way also produces DVDs, CDs, books, a monthly devotional magazine, and daily e-devotionals to spread the light of Christ. This Atlanta-based organization partners internationally with in-country follow-up teams to encourage new believers in their faith and to provide tangible support to persecuted believers around the world.
About Dr. Michael Youssef:
Michael Youssef, Ph.D., is the Founder and President of Leading The Way with Dr Michael Youssef. Dr. Youssef was born in Egypt and lived in Lebanon and Australia before moving to the United States. In 1984, he fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming an American citizen. He holds degrees from Moore College in Sydney, Australia, and from Fuller Theological Seminary in California. In 1984, he earned a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Emory University.
He has authored more than 30 books, including popular titles like Jesus, Jihad and Peace, The Leadership Style of Jesus, and When The Crosses Are Gone. He and his wife reside in Atlanta and have four grown children and seven grandchildren.
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Photo captions: 1) Dr. Michael Youssef speaking to more than 1,500 people at the London Palladium. 2) Powerful worship time led by Noel Robinson. 3) Dr. Youssef shares a Gospel message. 4) Peter Wooding filming in London.
About the writer: Peter Wooding, the younger son of Dan and Norma Wooding, is an award-winning radio, TV, and print journalist and media consultant under the name of Peter Wooding Productions (www.peterwoodingproductions.com). Having previously spent 10 years as news editor with UCB Radio in the UK, he has travelled extensively reporting from countries including Greece, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, South Sudan, the Philippines, Uganda, South Korea, Zambia, Gambia, Mozambique, Croatia, Israel and India. He reports regularly for ASSIST News Service, Samaritan’s Purse, and Leading The Way. Peter and wife Sharon live in North Wales, UK, with their three daughters, Sarah, Anna and Abigail. To contact Peter for a consultation, please e-mail him at: email@example.com, or by telephone at: +44 7500 903067.
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