PHOENIX, Arizona – Some 38,000 people packed a football stadium Sunday for what’s come to be known as the “Super Bowl Sunday of Christianity.”
Thousands more gathered at 3,758 churches and other host sites across the country to watch the Harvest America Crusade from a distance, and altogether 42,000 people in 83 countries watched online.
Chart-topping recording artists performed at the event, but in the end Jesus was the star, and 2.904 people at the stadium invited Him into their lives for the very first time.
CBN News traveled to the Arizona desert to meet with Pastor Greg Laurie for his annual Harvest America outreach.
Nearly eight million people have attended Harvest events online or in person so far, and nearly half a million have made professions of faith. Those numbers climbed even higher this year with the event held at the home of the Arizona Cardinals, University of Phoenix Stadium.
Actor and director Mel Gibson made a surprise appearance at last year’s Harvest Crusade, and this year’s crusade wasn’t short on surprises.
And Pastor Greg Laurie gave audiences a preview of his film, the untold story of acting legend Steve McQueen’s journey to faith, scheduled to hit theaters in the fall.