Over 10,000 people made “decisions for Christ” this past weekend while participating in California evangelist Greg Laurie’s 28th annual SoCal Harvest revival crusade, which was held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim and livestreamed across the country.
Laurie, the senior pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, hosted a number of popular Christian music artists who performed Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights before a combined crowd of over 92,000 attendees and nearly 47,000 people watching online.
Following performances from stars like Lecrae, Jordin Sparks and Jeremy Camp, Laurie took the stage each night to share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and call audience members down to the field to proclaim their interest in learning more about the Gospel and being connected with a local church.
New believers and even believers who have fallen out of their faiths who chose to come down on the field were met by one of thousands of volunteers who prayed with them, listened to their stories and wrote down their information on cards that allowed other Harvest volunteers to connect them with local churches and pastors.
According to Harvest, over 10,071 decision cards were received — 9,008 came from those in attendance and 1,063 cards were from online viewers.
“We count every card because everyone matters,” Pastor Richard Garcia, Harvest’s director of follow-up, told The Christian Post on Thursday. “We see, on average, 10 percent of the attendance every year here at Harvest. We had 92,000 people attend over the weekend. That is pretty typical and it was pretty awesome this weekend. We go into it with the expectation that we will mostly see 10 people make a profession of faith.”
Garcia added that about 80 to 85 percent of people whose names are on the decision cards were brought to the event by a friend. At least 80 local Southern California churches signed up to be Harvest “follow-up churches.”
At the end of each night, the cards were sorted by volunteers who divided them by region or county. When a person indicated that they already attend a church or indicated their friend’s church, his or her card was usually given to that particular church to follow up.
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Source: Christian Post