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'Hope for the Hopeless': SoCal Harvest Weekend Brings Life Changing Good News to Thousands

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The second night of the SoCal Harvest drew 34,000 people along with 2,675 professing their faith in Christ.

"You have an appointment with God tonight. This is your night to come into a relationship with Jesus Christ," Evangelist Greg Laurie said.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the SoCal Harvest. It's the longest-running large-scale evangelistic event in American history.

The first night of the event brought 28,000, including a declaration of faith by 2,100 people.

"You don't clean your life up and come to Christ. You come to Christ and he will clean your life up," Laurie said to those in attendance.

Throughout the event, his messages hinged on the record high levels of suicide, addition and anxiety in America - especially the younger generations.

Laurie said, "I have hope tonight for the hopeless generation. I have hope for the millennials, for Generation Z and baby boomers."

Laurie tweeted his message for the final evening of SoCal Harvest would be "Heaven, Hope and Happiness!" 

He said, "Life with Jesus is Endless Hope, Life without Him is a Hopeless End."

When asked what's changed over the last 30 years, the Southern California pastor said a lot has changed, but there's one thing that remains constant.

"Our music has changed. Our graphics have changed. Technology has changed. But here's what has not changed, that moment that the gospel is proclaimed," he said.  

The Harvest team wants to reach over one million people and see 100,000 declarations of faith through crusades in Southern California, Boise, Idaho, and Los Angeles over the next 20 months. 

"The only hope for America is a spiritual awakening, and the only hope is the message of the gospel because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever," Laurie said.

Each nightly event will feature some of the top Christian musical artists including Passion, Phil Wickham, Dennis Agajanian, For King & Country, Graham Saber, Jeremy Camp, Lecrae, Newsboys, and Chris Tomlin.

In an interview with CBN News, Laurie said people who attend the event or watch it via television and/or live stream can expect something fun, exciting, engaging, relevant, but at the same time, something that really elevates the message of the gospel.

For more information about the SoCal Harvest Crusade, click here.

SoCal Harvest to be Broadcast Live on the CBN News Channel

For the first time in the SoCal Harvest history, the event will be televised live on the CBN News Channel. The event will begin at 7:00 pm Pacific/10:00 pm Eastern on Friday, Aug. 23 through Sunday, Aug. 25.

There are several ways to watch the CBN News Channel.  To find out if you have the CBN News Channel in your area, click here. 

The CBN News Channel is also available on your Roku or on the CBN News App. 

You can also watch the CBN News Channel on on the right side of your computer screen. 

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Andrea Morris

Andrea Morris is a Features Producer for The 700 Club. She came to CBN in 2019 where she worked as a web producer in the news department for three years. Her passion was always to tell human interest stories that would touch the hearts of readers while connecting them with God. She transitioned into her new role with The 700 Club in August 2022.