“Bolivia is in the throes of an awakening,” said evangelist Luis Palau at the close of a two-week crusade in Bolivia last October. An estimated 180,000 persons attended the meetings, which were held in three principle Bolivian cities: La Paz, Santa Cruz, and Cochabamba. And a remarkable 19,000 Bolivians, representing every strata of society, publicly professed Christ, 93 per cent of whom were Roman Catholics making first-time commitments. “The ratio of response to attendance” in Bolivia, Palau pointed out, “was over 10 per cent, the greatest in twelve years of crusade ministry.”
National attention focused on a presidential prayer breakfast held during the Palau crusade. Bolivian general and new president Juan Pereda Asbún was the guest of honor. Eight cabinet members and twenty-five high-ranking military personnel attended the breakfast held at a military club in La Paz—directly across the square from the presidential palace.
As Palau spoke from Deuteronomy 28:1–14, a minister of state was heard to make an exclamation at verse 12. It reads in part, “You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.” Bolivia is in the process of renegotiating a loan with the International Monetary Fund.
“Positive benefits result for a country that obeys the voice of God” Palau asserted. President Pereda responded to that challenge by emphasizing the importance of “taking time out to set personal and national spiritual priorities.” He further stated, “This crusade is of national interest and we commend it to all our people.” Later that day Palau met privately with the president.
Each night in Cerrado Stadium, Palau was speaking to audiences ...1
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