As Many As 10,000 Volunteers To Converge On Phoenix Area For Harvest America Outreach At University Of Phoenix Stadium
Volunteers from Arizona and Across the U.S. to Participate in Community Outreach on June 10, and at Harvest America at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11
RIVERSIDE, Calif., June 7, 2017—As many as 10,000 volunteers from Arizona and across the U.S. are expected to converge on Phoenix next weekend in conjunction with the upcoming Harvest America outreach that will take place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on Sunday, June 11.
More than 1,000 of the volunteers will hit the streets in neighborhoods across the Valley on Saturday, June 10, to serve area residents through community work projects which include restoring and repairing rundown buildings and handing out food and clothing to those in need in and around Phoenix area neighborhoods. Thousands more are expected to gather in teams to distribute upwards of 800,000 invitations to Harvest America in area malls, parks, and other public areas, sharing the same message of hope that will be delivered at the stadium on Sunday by Pastor Greg Laurie.
In addition to the “street teams,” another 5,000 people will volunteer as ushers, greeters, stage set-up crew, and follow-up workers at the University of Phoenix Stadium for the Sunday Harvest America outreach.
“I decided to volunteer at Harvest America because I’ve attended Harvest events in the past and the power of God is indescribable in that arena,” said Buckeye resident Mike Nassar, a first time volunteer who will be supervising a team at the stadium. “My faith was strengthened and I want others to experience the same.”
Yorba Linda, Calif. resident Shea Forbes will travel 350 miles to volunteer in Phoenix after serving as a greeter at Harvest America in Dallas in 2016. “Wherever you are serving, you are connecting with someone who might need to hear a message of hope. It’s so cool to see people coming together for one reason—to share the Gospel message of Christ,” she said.
Harvest America is a free nationwide event that will be simulcast live from the University of Phoenix Stadium to thousands of host locations across the U.S. Designed to impact a nation desperately in need of hope, Harvest America will feature a Gospel presentation from pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie, who has been called the â€œevangelist of the futureâ€ by Billy Graham. Laurieâ€™s talks encompass topics that appeal to people of any age and answer questions like: Why am I here? Is God real? What happens when I die?
In addition to Laurie, Harvest America will feature music from top name Christian artists including NEEDTOBREATHE, MercyMe, Jordin Sparks, Trip Lee, Phil Wickham and Brennley Brown.
Harvest America 2017 begins at 5 p.m. (pre-concert begins at 4:30 p.m.) on Sunday, June 11 (doors open at 2 p.m.), and is completely free of charge. The University of Phoenix Stadium (1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, Arizona) charges $10 for car parking and $20 for bus parking. Harvest America will be interpreted in Spanish and signing for the deaf will be provided.
Harvest America 2017 will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.HarvestAmerica.com, and “behind the scenes” updates about Harvest America 2017 will be posted on Facebook (www.facebook.com/harvestamerica), Twitter (@HarvestAmerica), and Instagram (harvestamerica or search #HarvestAmerica). Additionally, this year Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will broadcast Harvest America live for the first time on its global family of networks which spans 174 countries and has a potential reach of 1 billion people.
Founded in 1990 by Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Irvine, Calif., and Maui, Hawaii, Harvest Crusade events have been attended by more than 7.6 million people worldwide, both in-person and via live Internet broadcasts. In 2012, a new nationwide simulcast called Harvest America was born, expanding the reach of the gospel even further. The 2016 Harvest America event, held at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, was live streamed to more than 7,200 remote host locations and drew a combined 357,000 participants, making it the largest one-day live evangelistic event in American history.
MEDIA NOTE: For more information about Harvest America 2017 or to arrange an interview with a Harvest America organizer or a local volunteer, contact Laura McGowan at (847) 347-5206 or [email protected], or visit the Harvest Newsroom at www.harvest.org/newsroom.