A giant tidal wave of witness rolled onto the nation’s shores from Daytona Beach, Florida, to the Kona coast of Hawaii during the Easter vacation break. And in between, there were heavy sights and sounds of other Jesus happenings.
More than 6,000 young Christians hit the beaches and streets in personal witness, and thousands more provided backup in concerts, festivals, and other public meetings. Recorded decisions for Christ exceeded 3,000. Mass baptisms of new converts took place in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Gulf of Mexico, and a Seattle-area lake. There were large witness marches in Honolulu, Seattle, and Santa Barbara, California.
Beer, drugs, and sex flowed freely among the hundreds of thousands of vacationing young revelers at scattered resort beaches. But so did the Gospel.
Campus Crusade for Christ fielded 1,000 students from eighty-two colleges to circulate among the 100,000-plus at Daytona Beach. The workers spent mornings in Bible studies conducted by Crusade evangelist Josh McDowell, afternoons in sharing their faith on the beach, nights in outreach to street people, motel parties, and the hundreds who showed up for the twice-nightly performances of Crusade’s New Folk singers at the Rap Room—a beach facility loaned by city fathers.
Crusade leader Roger Vann said half the workers came from Christian colleges—a record. Each paid his own way. In addition to transportation it cost an average of $65 each for six days’ motel lodging, meals, and program cost-sharing. Most, said Vann, had no previous beach evangelism experience, yet they led more than 1,200 to Christ. Each convert, he explained, will be followed up by a letter from the worker, a computerized headquarters correspondence series, and personal ...1
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