A week of outreach activities in Oregon’s Lane County culminated late last month with a gathering of more than 9,500 people at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon – the largest audience PK Park has ever hosted.
Through the unified efforts of more than 100 Lane County church and ministries over a two-year period, people of all ages and demographics gathered on July 28 for CityFest with Andrew Palau.
The festival’s director, Randy Burtis, said the stadium was filled with a sense of peace and joyful celebration.
“And the many challenges of putting together such a large, well-executed, free event were met with cheerfulness and innovation as so many people from churches across the community worked together,” he added in a press release.
The event featured award-winning artists TobyMac, Tedashii, and Rend Collective, and a message of hope from global speaker and author Andrew Palau. There was also an interactive family fun zone filled with inflatables, games, crafts, and sports challenges, as well as a children’s stage show featuring ventriloquist Mark Thompson. In addition, there were stunt demos from professional skaters and BMX and freestyle motocross riders.
“We have been amazed these last several months as we’ve watched God take the Church in Lane County, Oregon to a deeper level of unity leading many people to Christ, challenging hundreds of believers in their walk with God, and training hundreds of individuals in personal evangelism,” reported the Luis Palau Association, which spearheaded CityFest.
Outreaches in the week leading up to CityFest included a breakfast for first responders, a dinner for women, outreach at a youth correctional facility, and a skate outreach.
As a result of the campaign, more than 850 confessions of faith were reported.
“People in Eugene are finally seeing Eugene churches in a different light and a festival like this helps with that,” commented local pastor Craig Curtis, according to the Palau Association.
Going forward, Palau, along with the CityFest Executive Committee and the Palau Association, hope the unity established through CityFest continues to deepen and spread, eventually encouraging more citywide outreach efforts and ongoing service initiatives throughout Lane County.
“People need hope everywhere, especially here in Eugene,” local pastor Steve Hill told the Palau Association. “CityFest gave people a reason to be hopeful. About today. About the future.”
For the past several years, the Palau Association has been developing a model for sustainable citywide Gospel impact that is now known as CityFest & CityServe.
Since 2008, the Palau Association has worked with thousands of churches and helped launch successful, ongoing city Gospel movements in hundreds of cities throughout the United States and around the world, accelerating the existing work of the church community involved.
The association’s long-term goal is to help facilitate a sustained Gospel movement led by local churches and cultural leaders with a vision to continue in unity and to see their cities transformed through the powerful message of Jesus Christ.
By NRB Staff
Published: , 2018