Harvest Crusades Are Like Family Reunions

There is something special about Harvest Crusades. Every year there is great music followed by a life-changing message from Pastor Greg. It’s an opportunity to invite that person who doesn’t yet know God. It’s an opportunity to serve God and be stretched in the gifts God has given you–maybe even learn how to use a gift you didn’t know you had.

But there is something I realized this year that I hadn’t noticed before. As lives change and friends move on to different seasons in life, the Harvest Crusade serves as a sort of a family reunion. This weekend, I got to see people and catch up with many that I haven’t been able to see in a while–people that I didn’t realize I missed until I got to spend a little time with them.

The Harvest Crusade is not just an evangelistic event where people come to know God, or an opportunity to experience the power of God as we serve Him. The Harvest Crusade is a place for friendships to be remembered, where friends can be family again. And it is a sweet foretaste of the ultimate family reunion that will one day take place when Jesus unites us with all of our brothers and sisters in Him.

Isn’t it amazing how God can use one event for so many different ways to change lives?

Harvest Crusades, where sinners are saved, believers are sanctified, and friends become family again.

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