Campus Harvest - The 20th Anniversary
Josh McDowell exhorting Ron Lewis to take Campus Harvest on the road and into the nations
March 25-27, 2011, Durham, NC: As Campus Harvest celebrated it's 20th anniversary, 2,500 students, campus leaders, and pastors representing over 200 college campuses came together with open hearts and minds. During the conference attendees had the chance to hear from Keynote speaker Josh McDowell, South African pastor, Frans Olivier, a Muslim convert (name withheld), and others. By the close of the conference 214 students were water baptized and 197 made the commitment to the call of full time ministry.
On Saturday, during an all conference seminar, keynote speaker Josh McDowell spoke of his intense intellectual and spiritual transformation which occurred as he sought to answer the question, “Is God real?” McDowell is one of this centuries primary Christian apologists, and has authored or co-authored over 120 books and given over 24,000 talks.
Josh McDowell strongly exhorted Campus Harvest founder, Ron Lewis, to take the Campus Harvest message to the nations within the next twelve to eighteen months. Plans are now under way for conferences in South Africa, South Korea, China, Great Britain, Argentina, and other nations. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the Saturday night session, a convert from the Muslim faith (name withheld), once a violent Imam in training who has now seen hundreds of Muslim believers come to Christ, shared his testimony of how he was radically transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit. His final charge to the students of Campus Harvest was, “Are you doing what God wants you to do?”
Closing out the conference Sunday morning was South African pastor, Frans Olivier (pictured below). Pastor Olivier is a fifteen-year campus missionary now leading Campus Harvest in southern Africa. Pastor Olivier shared with the conference what he’s seen in students in South Africa giving their financial aid sacrificially to give to their families. His final charge was that the students would align themselves with the will of God to see transformation on their campuses.
Over the last 20 years, hundreds of graduates have given themselves to full time ministry going back to their campuses as missionaries for the Kingdom of God. As a ministry, we have the joy of working with local churches around the world, helping them to fulfill the great commission by discipling the university campus through strategic annual events, missionary training and support, and planting campus ministries. Next year, for the first time in North America, Campus Harvest is going fully regional. For more information follow us at @campusharvest on Twitter.
To see and hear more pictures, testimonies, and video recaps from the weekend you can look on the Campus Harvest Facebook page (Facebook.com/campusharvest). You can also relive the sessions in full at http://www.livestream.com/campusharvest.
Campus Harvest 2010 Recap
March 26-28, 2010 Durham, NC --- In March 2010, nearly 2000 from 37 nations attended the event at King's Park International Church.
For a full update on what transpired at the conference, click here