Harvest Crusade, Harvest America return this fall

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Harvest Crusade and Harvest America, which together led to 40,000 professions of faith in Jesus Christ last year, will return in 2013 with dates in August and September.

"The fields are white, and a Harvest is coming through the platform of two events this year," event founder Greg Laurie said in a news release.

The SoCal Harvest Crusade in Anaheim, which launched the movement nearly 25 years ago, has been confirmed for Aug. 23 to 25 at Angel Stadium. There will not be a crusade in Los Angeles in 2013.

Harvest America, a nationwide simulcast launched and hosted in Anaheim last year, will be held Sept. 29 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

"Last year was our most successful year of evangelism in Harvest's history but we're not slowing down to celebrate," Laurie said.

A major reason for that success is attributed to Harvest America, a new initiative for Harvest Crusades. Long known for its use of computer technology and social media, Harvest Crusade decided last year to try yet another way to reach the masses for the gospel by broadcasting one of the Anaheim meetings simultaneously across the country. With the strides in high-quality HD video and lower costs, more and more churches now have the equipment to use satellite feeds.

The response was immediate and widespread with more than 2,200 locations carrying the live broadcast. In addition to churches, two television and 600 radio stations picked up the feed.

Last year, executive Pastor John Collins said they came up with the concept for Harvest America after the church began using video to broadcast Laurie's Sunday message to its Irvine campus.

"I was watching this unfold and realizing that it doesn't matter where Greg Laurie was preaching, the response to the gospel was the same," said Collins, whose main duties include oversight of the congregation's large crusade ministries.

Although the event dates have been set for the most part, details of who will be performing will be announced later.

More than 4.7 million people have attended a Harvest Crusade in person since the original 1990 gathering in Anaheim. In all, nearly 400,000 people have accepted Christ through the evangelistic ministry.

For more information, visit www.harvest.org/crusades