Evangelist Luis Palau’s Association has reported big numbers for its recent Gospel crusade in Bogotá, where over 18,500 people deciding to follow Jesus Christ.
The evangelist’s Facebook page has been sharing updates this week about the seven evangelistic events that took place in the Colombian city between Aug. 12–19.
Over 200,000 people attended the events, with another 410,000 viewers watching videos online. It says that as many as 18,545 people made decisions to follow Christ during the events, which were helped by 852 partnering churches.
“Praise the Lord for what He accomplished in Bogotá this past week! Many lives were changed and hearts encouraged. Here are just a few fast facts to bless and encourage you,” an update on Wednesday read.
National Religious Broadcasters noted that 12,700 of the decisions to follow Jesus were made in a public confession on the closing night of the festival.
Palau himself was not able to take the stage at the festival, due to being diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in January. He posted a video on Facebook where he said: “Bogotá is going through a very poor cold state right now. It’s 9,000 feet high, and not good for someone whose immune system is weak. Pat, my wife, is going to greet the crowd and explain with real sorrow why I couldn’t come.
“We’re waiting on the reports every day. We’ll rejoice in the harvest, we’ll praise the Lord for the victories, the reminiscing, and all the joy that they will have. The Lord is there, that’s what really counts.”
Andrew Palau led the preaching in his father’s absence, as he has for numerous previous Gospel crusades, and shared his excitement for how massive the evangelistic events were shaping up to be.
“Expectations are sky high and God is clearly going before us and working,” Andrew Palau said before leaving for Bogotá. “Now we get the opportunity and joy to deliver the life-changing message of God’s love. I love our part!”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov