BOISE — ExtraMile Arena was packed out over two nights with over 20,000 people in attendance overflow crowds each night, with another 144,000 watching online.
Boise Harvest saw more than 1,700 people come down to the floor, committing their lives to Christ, during the two-night community event this weekend. More than 1,500 people also made a profession of faith via the live stream. During the final invitation, the floor was so full that follow-up counselors had to climb up to the 3rd level of the venue to hand out more than 2,500 Bibles.
Over 100 local churches partnered over the course of 3 years, providing mobilization and volunteers, to plan this free event in Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley area. The event was originally slated for 2020 and postponed due to the Covid pandemic.
“This event is three years in the making,” said Pastor Greg Laurie. “We originally set out to host Boise Harvest in 2020. But God made sure this happened at just the right time. The number of lives changed this weekend is reminiscent of all-out revival.”
The weekend event featured performances from Jeremy Camp, Chris Tomlin, Jordan Feliz, Andy Mineo and the Harvest Worship Band. Pastor Greg Laurie presented two convicting messages on what it takes to fulfill a soul and Christ’s solution to the problems of fear and the unknown.
“No matter what sin you have committed, God will forgive you,” Laurie said. “Maybe you came here to mock Christians tonight. Maybe you went out of your way to argue with believers. I used to be like that too. I never planned on becoming a Christian when I did.”
Greg then shared his story of how he came to know Jesus and how it changed his life forever.
At the end of each night, Laurie invited attendees to make a public profession of faith as The Harvest Worship Band played. Thousands of people rose from their seats and made their way toward the stage as they committed their lives to Jesus. They were met by local pastors and volunteers, who were able to lead them in prayer and invite them to a local church community.
Since 1990, Harvest Crusades have been held in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. More than 6.5 million people have attended Laurie’s crusades in person. More than 600,000 people have made professions of faith in Christ through Harvest outreaches.
Laurie is releasing three films in the next year. “Fame,” an evangelistic film featuring interviews with Alice Cooper and Darryl Strawberry, will release in 2022. “Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon,” based on Greg’s biography of the same title, is set for release in Fall 2022. And “Jesus Revolution,” a feature film starring Kelsey Grammer, Jonathan Roumie and Joel Courtney, depicting the spiritual revival of the 1960s and ‘70s, will land in theaters Spring of 2023.
“So, what is the meaning of life?” Laurie asked. “It is to know there is a God in Heaven who loves you and has a plan for your life. Why are you here on this earth? To walk with God in a friendship, a relationship, with hope for this life and the afterlife.”
Find shareable photos from the event here.
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Greg Laurie is the pastor and founder of the Harvest churches in California and Hawaii and of Harvest Crusades. He is an evangelist, best-selling author and movie producer. His new book “Billy Graham: The Man I Knew” was released in 2021.
Source: The Kairos Company, Boise Harvest Packs out Extramile Arena, Sees over 3,000 Professions of Faith