2,675 respond to gospel invitation at second night of SoCal Harvest, 34,000 in attendance
ANAHEIM, Calif. – SoCal Harvest held its second evangelistic crusade Saturday evening with a crowd of 34,000 who came to Angel Stadium to listen to performances by award-winning artists and a message of hope by Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie.
Laurie, who this year celebrates 30 years of holding Harvest crusades in Southern California, invited attendees to respond to the gospel. At the close of the evening, 2,675 people had walked down from the stands onto the field to make a profession of faith.
“You have an appointment with God tonight. This is your night to come into a relationship with Jesus Christ,” Laurie said.
Laurie speaks at the second night of SoCal Harvest at Angel Stadium. (credit: Harvest)
Laurie, who throughout the weekend has focused on the high levels of depression and anxiety in America, especially among younger generations, delivered a message titled “God’s answer to fear, worry and anxiety.”
Drawing on Jesus’ words in John 14, in which he tells his disciples he will prepare a place for them in heaven, Laurie said, “I have hope tonight for the hopeless generation. I have hope for the millennials, for Generation Z and baby boomers.
“You can go from hopeless to hope, from emptiness to fulfillment and from guilt to forgiveness. Because hope has a name, and it’s Jesus Christ, and he is here to change your life tonight.”
The second evening of the three-night weekend event featured performances by Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae, Dove Award-winning singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp and Graham Saber. Jonathan Laurie, pastor at Harvest Orange County, shared a personal testimony of overcoming drug addiction and finding freedom in Jesus, and actress Madeline Carroll, who starred in the smash hit film “I Can Only Imagine,” offered an opening prayer.
Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae performs at SoCal Harvest. (credit: Harvest)
Laurie also interviewed film director Jon Erwin along with Jeremy Camp about “I Still Believe,” a new film about Camp’s life that is coming out in March.
Attendees respond to Laurie's gospel invitation at the second night of SoCal Harvest. (credit: Harvest)
Earlier in the day Harvest hosted a youth tailgate party at Angel Stadium’s parking lot. Attendees enjoyed a skate park, rock climbing walls, video game trucks, Apple product giveaways and a live DJ and freestyle motocross (FMX) show.
SoCal Harvest continues Sunday with performances from Phil Wickham, Newsboys and Chris Tomlin. Gates open at 4 p.m. on Sunday, and the event begins at 6 p.m. Admission to the event is free, but there is a $15 charge per car for parking at the venue.
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Greg Laurie is an American author and evangelist who serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, Harvest Church at Kumulani in Kapalua, Hawaii, and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California. Laurie’s latest book, “Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon,” releases in August. You can learn more about Greg Laurie and Harvest at harvest.org.