IRVINE, CA — Greg Laurie, founder and lead pastor of Harvest Churches and Harvest Crusades, has announced the release of “A Rush of Hope,” a one-of-a-kind cinematic crusade coming to streaming platforms August 2020. Created in partnership with Erwin Brothers Films, “A Rush of Hope” will include encouraging messages from Greg Laurie, outtakes from faith-based films such as “I Still Believe” and “Woodlawn” and performances by artists such as Jeremy Camp, for KING & COUNTRY and MercyMe.
“Our life is like a movie,” says the voice of Laurie in the trailer. “It has a beginning, middle, and end.”
“We all have questions about this movie that we are in. Is this movie a tragedy? Is it a love story? Or is it a comedy even? Do we win in the end? Why am I here? What is the meaning of my life? And what happens after I die?
“There are answers to these questions,” Laurie says.
“A Rush of Hope” is Harvest’s creative response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which forced the ministry to cancel its in-person crusades scheduled this year at Anaheim’s Angel Stadium.
“We’ve never done anything like this before,” Laurie said. “The Covid-19 pandemic has completely changed all our plans, but it has opened an incredible window of opportunity for the gospel. Now, more than ever, people are hungry for something the world cannot give them. This cinematic crusade is designed to reach as many people as possible and help them answer the deepest questions of their hearts.”
The move from an in-person stadium event to a cinematic crusade follows the success of other digital ministries launched by Harvest. Greg’s podcast received over one million downloads in its first month, and Harvest at Home, the online church platform that broadcasts Greg’s live sermons, has seen over 45,000 professions of faith since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The unprecedented success of Laurie’s online ministry was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal.
“A Rush of Hope” will be available to stream on Harvest’s social platforms alongside the ministry’s other digital resources in August 2020. The official release date and streaming channels will be announced at a later date.
Watch the trailer here.
Greg Laurie is an American author and evangelist who serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, Harvest Church at Kumulani in Kapalua, Hawaii, and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California. Laurie’s latest book, “Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon,” releases in August. You can learn more about Greg Laurie and Harvest at harvest.org.
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Sources: The Kairos Company, Greg Laurie Announces ‘A Rush of Hope’, a One-of-a-kind Cinematic Crusade Coming August 2020