More than 18,000 people committed their lives to Jesus Christ as a result of the many evangelistic outreach activities that took place over the past week in Bogotá, Colombia, with around 12,700 making a public confession of faith in Jesus Christ on the closing night of the Luis Palau Association’s Bogota Festival.
A little more than five decades after renowned evangelist Luis Palau’s first major campaign in the heart of Colombia’s capital city of Bogotá, the Palau Association returned August 12-19 to deliver the same message of hope to a new generation of Colombians.
The region-wide effort, led by Palau’s son Andrew, brought together more than 850 churches and trained more than 11,000 local followers of Christ – all focused on a week-long campaign set to saturate the city and surrounding region with the Gospel. Included in the effort were outreaches for business and civic leaders, women, and prisoners. The week culminated with three days of festival events in different locations throughout the capital city. In the end, more than 200,000 people were reportedly reached through the historic campaign.
“More than 5,800 people have committed their lives to Jesus Christ as a result of the many evangelistic outreaches this week in Bogotá, Colombia,” reported the Palau Association as it prepared for the final night.
The final night, held August 19 at the Parque el Tunal, featured performances by popular Christian musicians, testimonies from actors and top leaders, and a clear message of hope and faith in Jesus Christ from Andrew Palau.
The goal, as for all Palau Festivals, is to shake the nation with the Gospel and help launch the Church into a powerful new season of evangelism and outreach.
Luis Palau, who was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in January, was hoping to join his son for the historic campaign, but shared in a video that he, his team, and his doctors all agreed it is an extra danger to his health to attend.
“Bogotá is going through a cold state right now. It’s 9,000 feet high, and not good for someone whose immune system is weak,” he stated in the video shared on Facebook. “Pat, my wife, is going to greet the crowd and explain with real sorrow why I couldn’t come,” he continued. “We’re waiting on the reports every day. We’ll rejoice in the harvest, we’ll praise the Lord for the victories, the reminiscing, and all the joy that they will have. The Lord is there – that's what really counts.”
After the closing night, Palau said he received a “[g]reat report from the team in Bogotá.”
“More than 12,700 people made a public confession of faith in Jesus Christ tonight,” he shared on Facebook. “What a blessing! To God be the glory!”
According to the Palau Association, the massive, region-wide campaign has been in the works for many months. Andrew Palau, who was born in Colombia during the first campaign in 1966, has been an integral part of this campaign from the very beginning. At a pastors’ conference the younger Palau spoke at earlier this year, the excitement of the local church was evident when 10,000 pastors united for the launch of this campaign.
“Expectations are sky high and God is clearly going before us and working,” Andrew Palau shared as he prepared to leave for Bogotá. “Now we get the opportunity and joy to deliver the life-changing message of God’s love. I love our part!”
The Bogotá festivals were broadcast throughout Latin America by the television network Enlace, and to more than 550,000 people worldwide through Facebook Live, according to the Palau Association. The first two days, August 17-18, were at Plaza de Bolívar, the same location as the original Luis Palau event in 1966.
According to the Palau Association, the crusade in 1966 not only marked a powerful shift in the trajectory of Colombia, whose evangelical community experienced exponential growth following the campaign, but also set a model for citywide impact that the Palau Association has used to reach millions of people throughout the world for more than 55 years.
To date, 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: August 23, 2018