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105,000 Gather at Angel Stadium Over Weekend for 27th Annual Southern California Harvest Crusades Outreach - 11,699 Declare, “But Now I’m Found,” by Making Decisions of Faith

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Topic: 105,000 Gather at Angel Stadium Over Weekend for 27th Annual Southern California Harvest Crusades Outreach - 11,699 Declare, “But Now I’m Found,” by Making Decisions of Faith

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Subject: 105,000 Gather at Angel Stadium Over Weekend for 27th Annual Southern California Harvest Crusades Outreach - 11,699 Declare, “But Now I’m Found,” by Making Decisions of Faith
Date Posted: 09/01/2016 at 10:06am

105,000 Gather at Angel Stadium Over Weekend for 27th Annual Southern California Harvest Crusades Outreach

11,699 Declare, “But Now I’m Found,” by Making Decisions of Faith

By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service

Greg Laurie speaking at So.Cal outreach 2016 useANAHEIM, CA (ANS -- August 29, 2016) -- It was a weekend of spiritual transformation for thousands in attendance at the 27th annual Southern California Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie, held at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Sept. 23–25, 2016.

Some 105,000 packed into the stadium over the course of the three-night “2016 SoCal Harvest” outreach to hear a message of hope from Southern California pastor and evangelist Greg Greg Laurie makes a point on light night of SoCal outreach 2016Laurie, and by the end of the weekend, 11,699 people -- more than 10% of those in attendance in-person or via the live Internet broadcast -- registered commitments of faith.

The 2016 SoCal Harvest featured a nightly talk from Laurie and music from top Christian musical artists including Chris Tomlin, tobyMac featuring Hollyn, Skillet, for King & Country, Phil Wickham and KB.

Actor and director Mel Gibson joined Greg Laurie for an interview on Sunday to discuss the role that faith has played in the films he has produced in recent years and. much to the enjoyment of the large audience, they also briefly arm wrestled, but neigher actually won. Discussing his plans for a new film based on the resurrection of Christ, Gibson said, “I made the ultimate super hero film in The Passion of the Christ. Real super heroes don’t wear spandex or have special 3-D effects, they do something super human.” (To see the interview with Mel Gibson, which includea the brief arm wrestling segment, please go to:

People from all walks of life shared their personal stories of faith from the stage during the Sunday evening program, writing descriptions of who they used to be on one side of a cardboard sign -- “I was sentenced to life in prison.” “I was in a cult.” “I was addicted to cocaine.” -- and then flipping the signs over to reveal the message, “But Now I’m Found” as the Harvest Crusade Band performed “Amazing Grace.” At the same time, thousands of people throughout Angel Stadium held up their own cards until white signs blanketed the stands.

Greg Laurie spoke with a sense of urgency to the crowd gathered each night, addressing questions that many people ask: Why am I so empty inside? What happened after I die? Why am I so lonely?

Greg Laurie arm wrestles with Mel Gibson“Everyone needs Jesus -- from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, every man, woman, boy and girl,” said Laurie. “You can come to Him and be forgiven of your sin. You’re either going to say yes or no, but are you willing to bet all of eternity on it?”

“I’m just the delivery boy, I’m just here to get the Good News out. But it’s up to you to decide what to do with it,” Laurie continued. “Jesus loves you and he said follow me -- that’s the choice. You can walk out of Angel Stadium with all of your sin in the rearview mirror.”

Part of the audience on the last night of SoCal Harvest 2016At Laurie’s invitation, 10,881 people streamed onto the outfield of Angel Stadium through the course of the weekend to make commitments of faith. Another 818 made decisions of faith via live Internet broadcasts.

Live Event Webcasts/Broadcasts/Social Media

All nights of the 2016 SoCal Harvest were broadcast on the Internet, and 51,014 people watched live from 149 countries and all 50 states. In addition, 103,198 viewers participated through Facebook Live. The 2016 SoCal Harvest is archived and available for viewing at

The 2016 SoCal Harvest was broadcast locally on KKLA-FM and KFSH-FM and via satellite across the country on CSN Radio and Radio Nueva Vida. In addition, each night of the Harvest Crusade aired live on TCT TV Network, God TV (, and JUCE-TV (

smaller Crowds flock onto the field at Angel Stadium 2016With a trademark ability to present a clear gospel message in a culturally relevant format, drawing on the latest in current events, contemporary Christian music, and technology, Greg Laurie’s Harvest events have drawn more than 5.7 million people to stadiums and arenas around the world since 1990, with another 1.8 million people attending virtually via the Internet. In addition to founding the Harvest Crusades -- the longest-running annual evangelistic outreach in U.S. history -- Laurie also serves as senior pastor of one of the largest churches in America, Harvest Christian Fellowship, which has campuses in Riverside and Irvine, Calif., and Maui, Hawaii. He serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie will hold its next outreach, Harvest Georgia 2016, at Atlanta’s Infinite Energy Arena, Sept. 23–25, 2016.

Media Note: For more information about the 2016 SoCal Harvest events, or to arrange an interview, contact Laura McGowan at (847) 347-5206 or at, or access the Harvest Newsroom at

Laura McGowan and Dan Wooding at Angel StadiumNote: I would like to thank Laura McGowan for her invaluable help in preparing this report.

Photo captions: 1) Greg Laurie speaking on the final night of the crusade at Angel Stadium. 2) Greg Laurie makes a point. 3) Greg Laurie and Mel Gibson arm wrestle. 4) Part of the audience at Angel Stadium. 5) Crowds flock onto the field to receive Christ on the final night of the 27th Annual Southern California Harvest Crusade. 6) Dan Wooding with Laura McGowan at Angel Stadium. 7) Dan Wooding interviews Greg Laurie at a pre-event for the crusade.

Dan Wooding interviews Greg Laurie at Angel StadiumAbout the writer: Dan Wooding, 75, is an award-winning winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria, West Africa, of British missionary parents, Alfred and Anne Wooding, who then worked with the Sudan Interior Mission, now known as SIM. He now lives in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for some 53 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of the ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS), and is also the author of some 45 books. He also has one weekly radio show (Front Page Radio) and two TV shows (Windows on the World – with Mark Ellis and Inside Hollywood with Dan Wooding) all based in Southern California. Besides his US broadcasting and journalism, Dan has also worked as a writer with Billy Graham at his overseas crusades in Moscow, Russia; Essen, Germany; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. You can write to Dan Wooding at

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Date Posted: 09/01/2016 at 11:04am

Mel Gibson talks 'Passion of the Christ' Sequel at Harvest Crusade

08-31-2016 - CBN News

Actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson appeared as the surprise guest at the Harvest Crusades this weekend, and excited the audience with new talk about a possible sequel to Passion of the Christ.

Rev. Greg Laurie, founder and pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, sat down in front of thousansd of people, hoping to confirm rumors of a Passion sequel in the near future.

Watch Full Interview Below

"Of course, that is a huge undertaking," Gibson told Laurie. "And you know, it's not the 'Passion 2.' It's called 'The Resurrection.' Of course, that's a very big subject and it needs to be looked at because we don't want to just do a simple rendering of it — you know, read what happened."

Gibson says the film will only happen if he partners with a "brilliant" writer. 

"In order to read it, experience and explore probably the deeper meanings of what it's about, it's going to take some doing and Randall Wallace is up to the task," Gibson continued. "He is also, as well as a brilliant writer, he is a great director. He directed 'We Were Soldiers' and 'Heaven is for Real' and stuff. So, he is a good writer and director."

Gibson shared little more about the resurrection movie, but led many to believe the long-standing rumors about a Passion sequel might be true.

When the attendees weren't gushing over the possibility of a new movie, they were pouring out their hearts to God. 

This year, some 105,000  people attended the conference in Anaheim, California. So many were moved by the sermon and worship that 11,699 people ran to the field to renew devotion to Christ.

The Harvest Crusade made some noise on Twitter and thousands of people tweeted about their life-changing experiences at the event. 

One person tweeted a picture with a packed stadium, saying "It's truly amazing watching 40,000+ people pouring out their hearts for Jesus. #harvestcrusade

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