Here is a great letter from our recent New York City Harvest:
I am a believer who listens to “A New Beginning” each day. I bought a block of ten tickets and just invited people – all but one was able to make it that night.
I had a burden on my heart for a young woman who is a prodigal right now and with whose family I am very close. It was not until the day of the event that she agreed to attend and when the first altar call came, she was bawling I asked her if she wanted to go down and she shook her head furiously, “No!” Then, when Pastor Greg said that he was among the last to respond to the altar call the day he got saved, I looked at my young lady again and offered to go down with her and she agreed. Her mother who also attended wept with joy and relief, as did I.
I pray that she will commit herself once more to the life she once lived in Christ and that the chains she is presently in will be broken in the name of Christ Jesus.
My husband rededicated his life at a mini Harvest Crusade in NYC in 2000.
God bless Greg Laurie and his family for all they do for the Kingdom. I pray abundant blessings to the ministry and everyone involved in it. May our Lord and Savior continue to uphold you all to continue this incredible work.
To God be the glory!
I just wanted to share a testimony with you that we received right after the New York Harvest. It’s a little long, but it was a real blessing to see how God worked at Madison Square Garden, and I hope you will be blessed too.
Dear Pastor Greg,
This was my first time attending a Harvest Crusade. I have been an avid listener of your A New Beginning radio program on 570 WMCA here in New York. My wife and I have supported the ministry financially and with prayer support for several years.
I invited several people to the crusade, but ultimately my unsaved mom was the only one who came with me (my wife stayed home and watched our children while praying for my mom and me). I was eager to attend. I looked forward to the praise and worship, but not as much as having my mom hear the Word from one of my favorite expositors of Scripture. The worship was awesome. MercyMe! MercyMe! “I Can Only Imagine” put a lump in my throat as I felt tears begin to well up.
Then came the warmth of the Word of God related in an easy, conversational yet authoritative manner. I never tire of hearing the life-changing story of Nicodemus as told by John 3. Your exposition of the cornerstone verse of Scripture (John 3:16) was medicine for the sin-sick soul. I was touched as no doubt was everyone in attendance by the video montage of Chistopher Laurie’s life and ministry.
After the message, I sat in silent prayer during the altar call. I wanted my mom to respond on her own accord to God’s prompting, not to my goading. As I prayed silently, she sat there quietly. Finally, she asked me, “How are all these people going to get down to the floor of the Garden?” I saw this inquiry as a positive response to prayer. I told her that there was a path to the arena floor, even if they had to take the stairs.
I should mention that I had just finished reading your books Lost Boy and Why, God? in the past few weeks. I remember that you said that you would wait for someone, even if you saw them coming from the top level of a stadium. As my heart was about to burst, I asked my mom if she wanted to go down there. She did not immediately respond. In fact, the 30 seconds or so that she paused seemed that much longer because of the obvious eternal consequences.
Ultimately, she responded by saying that she could just stay here (in her seat) and pray. I know that the Lord is not limited by where He saves someone, but she had come this far and I saw the need for her to go all the way. I told her that if she wanted to go that I would go with her.
The next few moments were pregnant with purpose. I repeated it to her. I can’t tell you if she said yes or simply stood. All I know is that I stood after she did, took her hand, and we walked to the area behind the stage.
At that time, you mentioned that apparently there were not enough counselors to speak with each person individually, but that each person would have a counselor, even if it was in a group setting. We were blessed to have Mike and his wife Gladys counsel my mom as we all prayed together and as she invited the Savior into her heart. God is so amazing!
I constantly get the feeling that He winks at us occasionally. You see, Mike asked me where I lived and I told him the Bronx. He mentioned that he grew up in the Bronx. When I told him the street that I live on, he mentioned that he drives a truck and makes deliveries on a weekly basis to the
supermarket that is literally less than two blocks down the road from my home. His pastor is Dr. A.R. Bernard, the man who offered the opening prayer and is indeed another of the proficient expositors of Scripture in our world today.
Isn’t that just like God to just happen to allow a Californian to come to New York to speak to an audience of thousands so that He could enter the heart of my mom and then to have her counseled by a man who is within two blocks of my house on a weekly basis. Glory be to God!!!
I am reminded of the verse from the classic hymn, “What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought since Jesus came into my heart!” May the Lord ever bless you and your ministry. I look forward to meeting you Christopher and the rest of your family and ministry team in heaven. Thankfully, my mom will be there as we get to know each other!
Many blessings to you. Continue the great work of faith. 1 Corinthians 15:58.
Cordell V. Rogers
P.S. I am grateful to the Lord that He has allows us the privilege to support this and other life-changing ministries. We will continue to do our part in supporting his work through your ministry.
God truly blessed our outreach event in NYC this last weekend. We saw over 13,000 people gather in the historic Madison Square Garden. The place was electric with excitement as we praised the Lord together.
I gave a message called “How To Change for Good” from the the third chapter of the Gospel of John. When the invitation was extended, we saw over 1,380 people respond!
To God be the glory.
Here is a link to a story that will tell you more: ChristianPost.com
The next day we went out and had a little fun, eating hot dogs and walking in Central Park. Here is a short video of Stella and me enjoying NYC.
The New York Harvest is complete. Here’s the wrap-up that we just posted on the Crusade Connection blog:
One of the slogans we’ve picked up on this year for the New York Harvest has been “God in the Garden.” It’s a reference to Billy Graham’s legendary crusade meetings at Madison Square Garden in 1957.
Well, God truly was in the Garden on Sunday night as Harvest Crusades closed out its 2008 schedule with a one-night event at “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”
A crowd of 12,500 people from around New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere packed into Madison Square Garden to hear the gospel proclaimed. Once there, they enjoyed music from the Katinas, a 300-member interdenominational choir, Relient K, and MercyMe.
Pastor Greg spoke on “How to Change for Good,” sharing about his adoptive father Oscar and his son Christopher, both now in heaven.
The response during the gospel invitation was overwhelming as we had more responders than available counselors. In all, there were an estimated 1,380 people who came forward and prayed with Pastor Greg to receive Christ or to make a recommitment.
What a blessing from God to close out a busy year of Harvest Crusades events!