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More than 3,400 respond to gospel at Festival Manchester

More than 65,000 people flocked to Wythenshawe Park last weekend, as Festival Manchester, the North West’s biggest Christian mission in a generation took place.

As people from across Manchester, the North West and beyond, enjoyed all the free fun on offer including a fun fair, extreme sports, water zorbs, family fun zone and battle of Britain fly pasts, as well as live music from Matt Redman, Guvna B, Lecrae, Kingdom Choir and many more, everyone got to hear the gospel boldly proclaimed.

Whether they were on the skate ramps, playing FIFA in the gaming lobby, watching the family shows or enjoying the artists perform, people got to hear how loved they are by Jesus. And as they did 3,472 people responded to the gospel message, in addition to hundreds of other people who responded at events, gigs and community outreach held as part of the festival’s build-up.

“Tell me about Jesus, I need to know him,” was what one festival goer said to one of the Festival Manchester team as they were walking around the site. There and then he was able to share about Jesus, and this was just one of hundreds of conversations like this that happened over the weekend.

Put on by hundreds of churches across the North West working together in partnership with The Message Trust and the Luis Palau Association, over the past 18 months Festival Manchester has reached out into every part of society sharing the love of Jesus in word and action.

Every person that responded is being connected with their local church who will invite them to be involved in follow-up that is starting over the coming days/weeks so that they can find out more about Jesus.

“This was mission on a scale not seen in a generation, last weekend alone over 65,000 people got to hear about Jesus’ love for them and over 3,400 responded to the good news they heard,” said Andy Hawthorne, CEO and Founder of The Message Trust.

“This is what Festival Manchester was all about – introducing people to Jesus and seeing lives changed both now and for eternity. I honestly believe we got to be part of something huge that God is doing.

And Andrew Palau from the Luis Palau Association (pictured below right) added: “As is always the case, when the Church comes together in unity, serving the city, encouraging the body, and proclaiming the good news boldly, great things happen. And that is exactly what we saw here in Manchester.

“I love the United Kingdom and I love serving the region with our many friends and ministry partners. A big thanks to The Message Trust and all the local church partners for inviting the Luis Palau Association to help with this city-wide effort. What a joy to see the many lives changed through the proclaimed word of God.” 

More details about what’s happened in the build-up to the festival weekend and stories from Festival Manchester will be available soon.

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