Encouraging results are reported in this emerging South American nation
Argentine evangelist Luis Palau traveled to the inland South American nation of Paraguay in September to conduct a week-long national crusade, culminating months of evangelistic activity in that country. The efforts of Palau’s team led to a reported 10,250 Christian commitments.
Palau, along with four associate evangelists, held the crusades in seven Paraguayan cities for which the cumulative attendance was estimated at 155,000 (that includes those who attended more than one night). Palau concentrated his efforts on Asunción, Paraguay’s capital and most influential city. According to David L. Jones, director of publications for the Palau team, almost 1,700 of the 25,000 in attendance the final night made a commitment to Christianity.
Eighty-six of Asunción’s 89 evangelical churches are participating in a follow-up effort, seeking to channel new Christians into churches. Even before the crusade had ended, Baptist minister José Missena had welcomed 300 new members into his fellowship, more than doubling the size of his congregation. Missena, the coordinator of the national effort, called the crusade “the most historic event to take place in recent memory here in Paraguay.”
The pastor who supervised the crusade in the city of Encarnación reported that one of the walls of his church was knocked down to make room for 200 new believers.
Palau credited a strategic radio ministry with preparing the nation for the campaign. In the months prior to the crusade, Palau’s team launched daily radio programs on a dozen stations in strategic locations across the nation. Also, scores of interviews with journalists nationwide contributed to the 48-year-old evangelist’s visibility. ...1
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