6,000 People Accept Christ as SoCal Harvest Returns to Live Events

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6,000 People Accept Christ as SoCal Harvest Returns to Live Events

By Movieguide® Staff

After COVID-19 made an in-person event impossible last year, Pastor Greg Laurie led the annual SoCal Harvest at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.

Laurie preached the Gospel to 40,000 people who attended the live event, while an additional 200,000 joined to watch online.

The event, which Laurie’s Harvest Christian Fellowship Church spearheads, also featured performances For King & Country, Phil Wickham, Kirk Franklin, and Tori Kelly.

“We are all still rejoicing over what God did at the SoCal Harvest last Sunday night at Angel Stadium. The stadium was packed with people worshipping God,” Laurie wrote on Facebook. “My message title was, ‘What You Are Really Looking For.’ 40,000 were in the stadium and 200,000 watched online around the world. Best of all, 6,000 people made professions of faith, both in-person and online! To God be the Glory! Thank you all for your prayers!”

Last year, Laurie led the A RUSH OF HOPE event, which broke attendance records despite the added challenge of the pandemic.

Movieguide® previously reported:

Greg Laurie’s new movie, A RUSH OF HOPE, grabbed the attention of over 1.8 million people over Labor Day weekend and broke all attendance records in Harvest Crusades’ 30-year ministry.

“We are breaking every record we have ever set in our history,” Laurie, founder and pastor of the Harvest churches located in California and Hawaii, said.

According to Laurie, after the online outreach event, the Harvest team received over 17,000 professions of faith from viewers who decided to put their faith in Jesus. During a time when people expect bad news, Laurie said he is encouraged that God is still working despite the changes forced upon many churches and ministries.

“In a year of never-ending bad news, this is the best news we have heard. It’s a reminder that God is greater than a pandemic or any other challenge we are facing. He can do above and beyond anything we can dream, and He is still transforming lives,” Laurie said.

Laurie is passionate about spreading the good news through a variety of ministries.

“It is exciting because we spent so much time apart, so much time separated because of the pandemic and it’s affecting everyone,” Laurie told CBN. “Drug use is up, alcohol use is up, divorce is up and that’s because people are down. Jesus said, ‘when you see these things begin to happen, look up for your redemption is drawing near.’ He didn’t say when you see these things begin to happen – freak out. The only thing that can change a human heart is the power of the Gospel.”

Laurie also took the time to address social media and encouraged listeners to pursue Christ for their fulfillment.

“I read recently that young people were polled by USA Today and asked them what they wanted more than anything else, and the vast majority of them said I want to be rich and famous. I think because of social media, everyone can have a version of fame,” he said. “If being rich and famous was going to fulfill you, why are there so many miserable rich and famous people? My message to people is, the answer is not in getting more followers on social media. The answer is not in being rich and famous. The answer is in Jesus. You’re designed to know God … what you’re really looking for is Christ.”


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