Rockwood United Worship
We were so pleased with the way God blessed the Rockwood United Worship event! There were many challenges but even more blessings. It was, by far, the largest (about 500 attending) and most diverse gathering of believers in Rockwood's history to join together for collaborative worship. Over 50 people responded to the invitation of Luis Palau...15 who accepted Christ for the first time (one of them an 82 year old man!)...19 re-dedications...and another 19 requesting spiritual follow-up!
In addition to Palau's anointed preaching, the corporate worship was passionate and powerful, the short vision-casting messages by Pastors Pedro Gonzalez and Pastor Vance Hays were inspiring, the M.C. (Pastor Bennie Moore) did a fantastic job, the Lord's Prayer said out loud all together in Arabic, Russian, Spanish, and English was very unifying, and the closing prayer and exhortation by Pastor Yuriy Bigun (in Russian and English) was encouraging. Additionally, over $1,200 was collected in the offering to give to a local organization that provides food, clothing, advocacy, and other services to the poor.
MANY had positive comments they shared personally and through social media, similar to these words of one of the pastors who attended...
"I am reflecting on the taste of heaven I enjoyed last night as THE church in Rockwood gathered under one roof on the As Is Church campus to worship the One true God. Over 50 decisions were made in response to a message by Luis Palau. Many tribes and nations encountered eternity in a beautiful way. Praise to the Lord for His mighty works as He tore through the walls of race, 'religion,' and the barriers of church walls."
As a result of this experience, plans are being laid for a collaborative worship experience for the church youth of Rockwood this summer, a second worship experience for the churches in Rockwood this November, and a DAY-LONG EVANGELISTIC FESTIVAL with the Luis Palau Association next summer!
Thanks again for continuing to stand with us through prayer!