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Luis Palau's Monterrey Festival Draws 400,000 Plus

Contact: Craig Chastain, Luis Palau Association, 503-614-1500


MONTERREY, Mexico, Apr. 6 /Christian Newswire/ -- Luis Palau, world evangelist and author, brought his "great music and Good News" festival to over 400,000 people in Monterrey, Mexico, March 18-24.

The weeklong celebration of faith began with a motorcade and ended with a massive 2-day music fest at the city's famed Parque Fundidora. Attendance estimates were 150,000 for Friday and 210,000 for Saturday, with another 40,000 children and families attending a separate children's festival. Palau shared the stage with some of Latin America's top entertainers, including Jose Luis "El Puma" Rodriguez, Marcos Witt, and Jerlene Cintron.

The campaign was one of the most extensive in the 40+ years of the Palau ministry, with multiple outreaches including:

• a leadership congress and exposition drawing more than 1800 Christian leaders from 110 ministries in 22 nations
• a luncheon for more than 700 business and civic leaders
• a women's event with 1100 attending
• face-to-face meetings with some of Mexico's most influential political leaders
• a prison outreach to hundreds of inmates

Community service was a key component, with a medical initiative involving more than 700 medical service technicians providing cancer screening, vision exams and dental work. In addition, 10,000 meals were delivered to some of the most impoverished neighborhoods in Monterrey.

Extensive coverage by local and national media provided an opportunity to extend the Gospel message: international satellite coverage linked the event to a dozen nations in Latin America and beyond.

Palau's presentation of the "Good News" in various venues brought 15,741 registered decisions and rededications to Christ. More than 17,000 believers were trained to counsel new decision makers at the festival.

Palau's next festival is set for Nashville on May 19th and 20th.

Luis Palau has shared the Gospel with close to a billion people including more than 25 million face-to-face in 70 nations. His radio broadcasts in both English and Spanish are heard by millions more on over 2600 radio stations in 42 countries. Mr. Palau has authored close to 50 books and countless articles on issues of faith, and has counseled with business and political leaders and heads of state around the world. Luis Palau Festivals have produced some of the largest audiences ever recorded in cities from south Florida to South America. His ministry also includes the Next Generation Alliance, created to grow and nurture partner evangelists, and Livin It, which uses action sports to reach young people for Christ.