Earlier this month, evangelist Luis Palau and his ministry team joined with nearly 300 local churches and nonprofit organizations in Fresno, California, to accomplish one of the largest collaboration efforts the city has ever seen.
After more than two years of preparation, planning, and prayer, Fresno CityFest culminated the first weekend of April at Save Mart Center, where thousands of people came out to hear messages and music from Palau, Palau’s son Andrew, and dozens of musicians and special guests.
Musical performances included Grammy-award winning artists Matt Redman, Lecrae, and For King and Country, as well as Lincoln Brewster, LZ7, Marisol Park, Soulfire Revolution, and Break the Barriers. Four-time CrossFit champion Rich Froning also joined for the weekend activities, helping lead a fitness competition on the morning of April 1.
In the week leading up to the two-day festival, Palau and his team helped lead several outreaches throughout the valley, including 17 prison outreaches, a luncheon for women, a gathering for business and civic leaders, a college outreach event, and a mini festival for the Latino community in the city of Reedley.
According to a report by the Luis Palau Association, more than 45,000 people in total were reached through more than 50 events and more than 3,000 people documented a confession of faith in Jesus Christ. Local participating churches are now following up with each decision-maker.
Also as part of the campaign, Fresno CityServe helped to unify multiple service agencies and gather thousands of individuals to serve the valley through more than 1,100 service projects and 145,000 volunteer hours.
Fresno CityFest also hosted an Extend the Impact Conference, which featured more than 35 partner evangelists and their spouses from seven states. There were also delegates from a handful of cities who came out to observe the festival, as they consider inviting the Palau Association to help with similar citywide campaigns in their regions.
“Our heart is that the unity established through Fresno CityFest continues for years to come, encouraging more citywide outreach efforts and ongoing service initiatives throughout the valley,” the ministry concluded.
By NRB Staff
Published: April 27, 2017