ANAHEIM, Calif. More than 1,800 churches nationwide will participate in the live broadcast of the Aug. 26 Harvest America evangelistic outreach.
The event airs on the second day of the annual two-day 2012 Harvest Crusade with Greg Laurie at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
The inaugural event was announced earlier this year as a way to leverage the yearly evangelistic outreach into communities across the country in hopes of bringing revival to a hurting nation and salvation to those who are lost.
In addition to churches, the event will be broadcast in schools, city parks, theaters and coffeehouses using live online streaming and satellite broadcast technology.
In addition to the church support, Harvest America has created partnerships with LifeWay, NavPress and Global Media Outreach to present the broadcast.
In his July 13 blog about the event, Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Irvine, spoke of the Old Testament’s Jonah and the change brought to Nineveh.
“The Bible tells us about a revival that broke out during the days of the prophet Jonah when he preached to Nineveh,” Laurie wrote. “The revival started among the people and ultimately affected the king, who also joined in. Sometimes we might think that electing a new president or creating a new law will bring a sense of revival in our nation. But revival needs to start with God’s people. We need to wake up to what it means to be real followers of Jesus Christ.”
At the same time, he cautioned against man-driven attempts to usurp the genuine move of the Holy Spirit.
“We cannot make a revival happen, but we can make evangelism happen,” his blog said. “We can start those conversations. We can share the love of Christ. We can invite friends to participate in Harvest America. So let’s pray for God to do a great work of revival in our country, but let’s do our part. Let’s fulfill the Great Commission together.”
In advance of Harvest America, Laurie and his wife, Cathe, launched a prayer initiative that will culminate with a Sept. 6 prayer rally in the parking lot at Dodger Stadium. The rally begins at 7 p.m.
In the meantime, thousands of people across the country have agreed to participate in the 60-day campaign to lift up specific needs for Harvest America through a ’round-the-clock prayer calendar.
“God is opening doors left and right when it comes to opportunities to get the word out,” Cathe Laurie said in July 5 blog posting. “It’s all very exciting! And it’s all very humbling too. The bigger this outreach gets, the more Greg and I realize that our team cannot do it in our own strength. We are utterly dependent on the Lord to make Harvest America a success, and we are so very aware of the need to pray.”
Now in its 23rd year, the stadium-style crusade includes live music and other activities designed to attract people who might not ever set foot inside of a church. This year’s Aug. 25-26 Anaheim music line-up includes Third Day, Gungor, David Crowder, Jeremy Camp and MercyMe.
Saturday’s crusade starts at 6 p.m., and gates open at 4:30. The televised crusade on Sunday begins at 4 p.m. on the West Coast. Although the stadium event is free, there is a $15 parking fee for Angel Stadium. A non-perishable food drive both nights of the crusade will benefit Fred Jordan Missions.
Los Angeles crusade
Another Harvest Crusade is set for Sept. 8 and 9 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The hours are the same as the Anaheim event. Although that crusade will be available online, the national broadcast will only cover the Aug. 26 event. Bands for that crusade will include the Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Steven Curtis Chapman, David Crowder, Phil Wickham and the Katinas. Evangelist Nick Vujicic will also speak. Parking is also $15 at the Los Angeles ballpark.
Since launching the crusades in 1990, Laurie has addressed more than 4.4 million people in stadiums and arenas around the globe.
For more information about the events visit www.harvest.org or www.harvestamerica.com. To find a location near you go to www.harvestamerica.com/find-a-location