Greg Laurie

Hundreds of thousands of people are being invited to hear from Harvest Christian Fellowship senior pastor and WND columnist Greg Laurie on their lives’ purpose, God, and what happens after death, as final preparations are being made for Triangle Harvest 07.

An estimated 3,000 volunteers from more than 200 churches of all denominations are finalizing details for the first large-scale evangelistic outreach in the Raleigh, N.C., region in 13 years, when Triangle Harvest 07 will occupy Raleigh’s RBC Center for three days starting next Friday.

“Triangle Harvest 07 has been more than a year in the making, joining local congregations together in a common goal to bring a message of hope to the Triangle community,” organizers said. “Preparation for the three-night event has been an undertaking of massive proportions, with more than 405,000 event invitations and 35,000 bumper stickers being distributed, and more than 3,000 volunteers lending their time.”

Laurie, whose evangelistic events have drawn more than 3.4 million people to stadiums and arenas around the world since 1990, is known for telling audiences the direct message of Jesus Christ.

His events also feature top-notch music and the Triangle events will include Third Day, David Crowder Band, Leeland, Toby Mac and Andre Crouch, officials said.

The events also will be broadcast on the Internet and will be featured on podcasts available from each night’s program.

The focus, however, will be the message from Laurie, who has been described by Billy Graham as the “evangelist of the future.”

Drawing from the Bible, he illustrates with examples from his personal life and contemporary culture, to show the relevance of faith in today’s world.

“We are praying that the Triangle Harvest in Raleigh will be a spiritually significant event in the life of that community,” Laurie said. “We are already amazed at the unity of the churches in the Triangle area as they work together to invite friends, family, and even people they have never met to hear the message of the Gospel that will be presented at the RBC Center June 22-24.”

His topics are sure to grab the attention of thoughtful people: Why am I here? Is God real? and What happens when I die?

In addition to the nightly events, the Harvest happenings also will include a Saturday evening special called “Amplify” for teens and young adults. Such events typically are the biggest events of outreach weekends, and will feature Toby Mac and Leeland.

In addition to the Raleigh event, 2007 Harvest plans will include a return to Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 3-5, the 18th consecutive Harvest Crusade in Southern California; and first-time visits to Modesto-Turlock, Calif., Aug. 24-26; New York City Sept 23.; and Wellington, New Zealand, Oct. 26-28.

Laurie, the founder of the Harvest events, serves as the evangelist for the events, and also is senior pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., one of the 15 largest churches in the nation.

He is seen internationally on his television program and is heard coast to coast as well as abroad on his radio program, “A New Beginning.” He also is the author of over 30 books, including his latest “Making God Known, how to bring others to faith.” He also serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.

Check out Laurie’s books at

“Are We Living in the Last Days?”

“The Great Compromise: And How Christians Can Avoid Living on Both Sides of the Fence”

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