Guatemala evangelistic festival draws thousandscomment (0)
April 30, 2009
GUATEMALA CITY — A two-day evangelistic festival drew an estimated 425,000 people to Parque de la Democracia in Guatemala City, capping a 10-day regional campaign led by Evangelist Luis Palau and setting the stage for a monthlong community service effort involving tens of thousands of volunteers.
The March 13–14 festival drew Guatemala’s president, first lady, vice president and three ministers of state, according to a statement from the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association. A total of 3,200 Guatemalan churches invited Palau to hold the campaign, which involved 25 outreach events. Local leadership included Danilo Pérez, president of the Evangelical Alliance of Guatemala. Hundreds of local pastors and more than 25,000 volunteers worked on grass-roots organization for the campaign.
Palau’s “Season of Service” community outreach model mobilized volunteers to provide free medical and dental care to more than 8,500 people, help clean up neighborhoods and schools and provide meals for more than 40,000 children.