Tens of thousands of Christians flocked to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Sunday night for Harvest America, an event aimed at spreading the gospel and positively impacting a “nation desperately in need of hope.”
Harvest America events, spearheaded by Pastor Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Irvine, California, have long been known for their massive impact on attendees. And this year was no exception.
According to a preliminary report, 38,000 people attended the stadium in person on Sunday night. Among them, 2,904 people “indicated their decision to follow Jesus Christ” at the event.
Photos published on the Harvest America Facebook page show the stunning scene that unfolded when thousands of people flooded to the front of the stage to either accept Christ or rededicate themselves to the Christian faith:
Praise God for the amazing response! #harvestamerica #crossoverarizona
“I’m amongst this crowd. Back near the yellow español sign. I rededicated my life to Christ tonight and I gotta say… it feels A-MA-ZING!” one woman wrote on the Harvest America Facebook page after the event concluded. “Thank you Pastor Greg Laurie for this wonderful event. Thank you Jesus for always being with me, even when I wasn’t with you.”
In addition to the in-person numbers, 42,305 people watched the event online, with 494 of them registering that they, too, accepted Christ. But the impact didn’t stop there.
There were also 3,758 simulcast host sites at churches and other locations across the U.S. and world, where people could watch Harvest America as it unfolded.
While many of those locations were in the U.S., a total of 83 countries were accounted for among the overall simulcast locations, according to a statement from Laurie’s organization.
Praise God for all the answered prayers! #harvestamerica #crossoverarizona
Harvest America will continue to compile data in the days to come and will release updated numbers.
As Faithwire previously reported, Laurie delivered a stirring sermon to the thousands in attendance. He was joined by multiple music acts, including “American Idol” alum Jordin Sparks and Christian performers such as Mercy Me, Phil Wickham and Trip Lee.
Find out more about Harvest America and future events here.