On July 20, 1969, the world held its breath and watched as Michael Collins, Edwin Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong brought a 230,000-mile trip through space to a dramatic climax. In a blizzard of blowing white dust, they had come to rest on the surface of the moon.
The impact of Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrongs giant leap has been felt by every generation since. NASA brought science into the living room, demonstrating that with teamwork and God-given ingenuity, what seemed improbable or impossible was actually within reach.
Thats why it seems appropriate that 1969—a year of important launches, improbable missions, and unpredictable outcomes—was the year Grace to You began.
The launch of Grace to You came with little fanfare. Just a few months before Apollo 11 landed, John MacArthur arrived at a small church on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Spawning a media ministry that would stretch to every corner of the globe was out of the question—the young pastors priority was simply to teach Gods Word.
But one man in the congregation immediately saw an opportunity and acted. Realizing some members were too ill to attend services, that church member began recording Johns lessons. That first tape contained a message titled How to Play Church and was the first resource produced by what would become Grace to You.
In the early years, the fledgling ministry captured Johns lessons on large reel-to-reel recorders and all the labor was carried out by part-time volunteers. By 1973, cassettes were circulating throughout the church and beyond. To meet the demand, one of the volunteers, Rick Draa, was hired full time.
In 1977, seemingly by accident, a few Grace to You tapes found their way on the air in Baltimore, Maryland, and Grace to You radio was born. Christian radio was blossoming into a powerful, personal conduit for feeding peoples hunger for Gods Word and we were riding the crest of the wave. For some, our half-hour of teaching was a supplement to their strong local church. For others, it was a lifeline.
Radio not only allowed us daily access to millions of people, but it fueled demand for other resources. As John began writing, Grace to You became the launch pad for developing, editing, and distributing his books and study guides.
As our audio and print resources broadened, so did our need for space and staff. Thanks to a loyal family of customers and supporters, Grace to You became an independent, self-funded, nonprofit company in the early 1980s and subsequently bought its own building. Our staff would soon encompass an amazing variety of fields, including recording engineers, technicians, writers, editors, graphic artists, secretaries, accountants, and our customer service team. We also continued to rely on a volunteer staff, as we do today.
The rest is history. God eventually allowed our resources to go beyond the U.S. borders--we began planting offices throughout the English-speaking world. Today youll find us in Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and Europe.
Not only have we been able to cross geographical borders, but weve traversed several technological frontiers. Gone are reel-to-reel tapes and razor-blade editing—since the late 1990s our broadcast has been recorded, edited, and delivered to radio stations using computer technology. We distribute many of Johns books on CD-ROM. We offer all of his messages in MP3 format. Were also evaluating delivery of Grace to You via podcast.
Our current level of ministry would have seemed impossible in 1969. In human terms, it was. What weve seen happen in nearly forty years of ministry is no monument to John MacArthur, our staff, or our ingenuity, but to Gods faithfulness to bless His Word. It is God who has brought about what we could not. By His power, were ready to tackle the many impossibilities that await us in the future. After all, if we can send a man to the moon . . .
Fast Facts Event Information: Anaheim Harvest Dates August 12–14, 2011 Location Angel Stadium Anaheim, CA Speaker Greg Laurie Languages Spanish Korean Chinese Vietnamese Signing for the Deaf Cost Free (Angel Stadium charges $12 for parking) Harvest Contacts: Director/Mobilization Richard Garcia Ph (951) 687-6595 Cell (909) 240-4017 Fax: (951) 351-8240 RichardGharvest.org Youth Mobilization Brady Collins Cell: (951) 329-0844 E-mail: BradyCharvest.org Schedule: Friday, August 12 Gates Open: 5:30 P.M. Crusade begins: 7:00 P.M. Musical guests: David Crowder Band, Kutless, Crystal Lewis Saturday, August 13 Gates Open: 5:30 P.M. Crusade Begins: 7:00 P.M. Musical Guests: Red, Phil Wickham, Lincoln Brewsterr, more to be announced Sunday, August 14 Gates Open: 4:30 P.M. Crusade Begins: 6:00 P.M. Musical Guests: Jeremy Camp, Jars of Clay, Francesca Battistelli Special Guest: Louis Zamperini Related Events: Prayer Rally Saturday, August 6th, 6:30 P.M.–8:00 P.M. Prayer Room: A room will be available each night of the Southern California Harvest for those interested in interceding in prayer during the event. Contact Rick Schutte at (951) 687-6595 for more information. Since 1990, Harvest Ministries have held large-scale evangelistic outreaches around the United States, and in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. More than 4,240,000 people have attended a Harvest event in person, and more than 353,300 people have registered decisions of faith in Jesus Christ. Harvest events are designed to be opportunities for Christians to invite unsaved family members, coworkers, friends, and acquaintances to hear the life-changing message of the gospel in an environment that is entertaining, yet nonthreatening. The cornerstone of each event is the presentation of the gospel by Pastor Greg Laurie. Biblically-sound and culturally relevant, Pastor Greg brings a clear gospel message, providing an opportunity for people to make a decision to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California and the newly opened campus, Harvest Orange County. He began his pastoral ministry at the age of 19 by leading a Bible study of 30 people. Since then, God has transformed that small group into a church of some 15,000 people. Today, Harvest is one of the largest churches in the United States, and consistently ranks among the most influential churches in the country. Evangelistic Events In 1990, Laurie began holding large-scale public evangelistic events through Harvest Ministries. Since then, more 4,240,000 people have attended Harvest events around the United States, and in Australia and New Zealand. More importantly, more than 353,300 people have made registered professions of faith through these outreaches. On the Radio Laurie is the featured speaker of the nationally-syndicated radio program, A New Beginning, which is broadcast on more than 500 radio outlets around the world. A New Beginning is also one of the most popular Christian podcast downloads on Apple's iTunes Store. Pastor Greg speaking at the 2009 Black Hills, South Dakota Harvest Other Achievements Along with his work at Harvest Ministries, Laurie serves on the board of directors of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He holds two honorary doctorates from Biola University and Azusa Pacific University. Laurie has authored several books, including the bestsellers, Hope for Hurting Hearts and Signs of the Times. Other titles include Married.Happily., Essentials, What Every Christian Needs to Know, and God's Design for Christian Dating. Laurie has also written several devotional books, including Daily Hope for Hurting Hearts, For Every Season 1–3, and the series Greatest Stories Ever Told 1–3. His bestselling autobiography, Lost Boy, was released in June 2008. The accompanying documentary film, Lost Boy: The Next Chapter, has won eight awards at film festivals around the world. He has written study notes for the recently released Start! Bible from Thomas Nelson publishers, in the New King James Version, as well as for two Bibles in the New Living Translation: New Believer's Bible and The Seeker's Bible. His books have been translated into many languages, including Korean, Latvian, Portuguese, German, and Spanish. He has been married to Cathe Laurie for 37 years and they have two sons, Christopher and Jonathan, and four grandchildren. For more about Pastor Greg, visit his personal homepage at greglaurie.com. David Crowder*Band The David Crowder Band began leading worship at Baylor University in Texas 11 years ago. Since then, they have gone on to win seven Dove Awards and received a Grammy nomination. The David Crowder Band will be wrapping up their career together with "The 7 Tour" and the release of their sixth album this fall. Kutless With six albums, Kutless has sold over two million records. Their album Strong Tower was certified gold. Their most recent record, It Is Well, has given the band their first number-one adult contemporary single, with "What Faith Can Do." They have received eight GMA Dove nominations, with the most recent being Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year, for It is Well. Crystal Lewis This multi–Dove Award winner and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter has performed at every Anaheim Harvest Crusade. Crystal has celebrated 26 years as a successful recording artist and in that time, she has released 21 albums in English and seven in Spanish. Her latest album, Plain and Simple, was released in June 2011. Red This Grammy-nominated, GMA-Dove-Award-winning rock band comes from Nashville, Tennessee. They have three albums and are making strides in both Christian and mainstream radio, with songs making the top 10 in both markets. Their music has been heard on the trailer for the movie The Blind Side. Red has recently appeared on David Letterman and Jay Leno. Phil Wickham Singer, songwriter, and worship leader Phil Wickham is no stranger to Harvest Crusades. Having grown up in Southern California, Phil attended this annual event held at Anaheim Stadium for many years. This marks his third time playing at the Harvest Crusade in Anaheim. Phil began writing songs and leading worship when he was 12 years old. He has plans to release his latest album in October. Lincoln Brewster Singer, songwriter, and worship leader Lincoln Brewster has performed and crafted songs that have helped shape the sound of today’s modern worship while also climbing Christian radio charts. He has released seven albums and has multiple hit songs. Lincoln is currently the worship leader at Bayside Church in Northern California. Jeremy Camp Jeremy Camp has released six albums, four of which have been certified gold, and sold over three million records. He has 19 number-one hit songs, multiple GMA nods, and six GMA Dove awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year in both 2004 and 2005. His latest album, We Cry Out: The Worship Project, was recently nominated for two GMA Dove awards including Praise and Worship Album of the Year. Jeremy has recently released his book, I Still Believe, in which he chronicles his discovery of hope and healing in the midst of life’s deepest valleys. Jars of Clay Since 1995, Jars of Clay has released 17 albums, two of which were certified gold, one was certified platinum, and one went double-platinum. They have had 17 number-one songs and sold over six million records. They have an impressive 48 GMA Dove nominations and 10 Dove Awards, eight Grammy nominations and three Grammy Awards, and they’ve been nominated for an American Music Award. Francesca Battistelli Francesca Battistelli’s music career has taken off. With only two records released, she has an impressive 15 Dove nominations, five GMA Dove Awards, and a Grammy nomination. She has won back-to-back Dove Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and this year she won the award for Artist of the Year. Her song "It's your life" was featured in the film Soul Surfer. Food Drive Bring a non-perishable food item to the Southern California Harvest and help support the Fred Jordan Mission. G3 Evangelism Day Saturday, TBA For more information, please contact Brady Collins at BradyCharvest.org On the Web: Webcasts live and archived anaheim.harvest.org Follow the Harvest Crusades staff on Twitter Follow the Harvest Event Staff on Twitter Media Contact: Laura Swickard McGowan lauramcgowancomcast.net Harvest Crusades P.O. 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