During the private meeting, Palau offered his deepest sympathy to the people of Guatemala, especially the families directly affected by the tragedy, and reminded the president that the evangelical community was praying for the nation during this time.
"This is a difficult time for the nation of Guatemala. Many people are hurting. Many families are suffering. Many people are asking deep, fundamental questions." said Palau. "What better time for us to lift up the name of Jesus Christ and remind the nation about his hope, his sacrifice, his love, and his peace – even in the midst of this pain and loss."
Palau was in Guatemala at the invitation of hundreds of local pastors and evangelical leaders, helping guide them through a major evangelistic campaign. The effort culminates this weekend (March 18) with a major festival in the central plaza of Guatemala City, right in the shadows of the national palace. The festival is expected to draw tens of thousands of individuals from throughout the city, while also broadcasting Palau's message of encouragement and hope to the entire nation via television and radio.
While in Guatemala, Palau was also honored by the leadership at Universidad Mariano Galvez, one of the largest and most respected universities in the nation with 94,000 students. Palau also gathered with hundreds of local pastors and church leaders to encourage them in their role within society and their responsibility toward the community.
Palau has a long history of ministry in Guatemala, first visiting the nation in the early 1970s. His most memorable visit came in 1982 when he spoke to more than 700,000 people at a one-day gathering in Campo Marte. That gathering is thought by many to not only be one of the largest gatherings in Guatemala's history, but one of the largest gatherings of evangelical Christians in all of Latin America.
Palau returns to the United States on Monday to focus on a similar evangelistic campaign in Fresno, California (March 25 – April 2, 2017).
Free Spanish-Language Event with World-Renowned Speaker Luis Palau, to be Held at Reedley Sports Park in FresnoFRESNO, Calif., March 23, 2017 -- On March 25th, starting at 2:00 PM, La Gran Fiesta en el Valle will bring together the Latino community throughout the Central Valley to celebrate culture and family with music, community, and a message of hope from world-renowned author, speaker, and evangelist Luis Palau.
Taking place at Reedley Sports Park, the free, family-friendly event is the result of the collaborative effort of many local farmers seeking to love, serve, and invest in their hard-working employees. Farmers will release their employees from duties early on Saturday for this Spanish-language festival focused on bringing the Latino community in the valley together by sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
La Gran Fiesta en el Valle will feature events and activities for the whole family including a special program for children, a car show, soccer clinics with the Fresno Fuego and Fresno Freeze, and music from top Spanish music artists Mariachi Campos, Joseph Cabanilla, and Marisol Park. Children in attendance will be able to enter a raffle for free bikes and soccer balls signed by Fresno Fuego players, with the lucky winners announced from stage during the day's events.
Argentina-native and world evangelist, Luis Palau will share a powerful message of hope and love with those in attendance. Over the past five decades, Palau and his global ministry have shared the gospel with more than one billion people through festival events and media, with special focus on the Latino community. He has authored close to 50 books and has ministered in person to more than 30 million people in 75 countries. Palau's infectious energy and passionate speaking is expected to be a highlight of the festival.
La Gran Fiesta en el Valle will kick off a week of events leading up to Fresno CityFest, a 2-day event to be held on the grounds of Save Mart Center on April 1 and 2. This festival is the result of the collaborative effort of more than 225 local churches and organizations that have united to bring a positive message of transformation and Good News to Fresno, in partnership with many business, civic, and cultural leaders. CityFest will feature a Family Fun Zone with soccer and football clinics led by Fresno State athletes, a fitness competition featuring four-time CrossFit Games champion Rich Froning, and an Action Sports zone with professional FMX and BMX demos. The free, two-day family festival will also feature music from Grammy-winning artists Lecrae and For King and Country, as well as Lincoln Brewster, Marisol Park, and SoulFire Revolution. Luis Palau, joined by his son Andrew, will share a message of hope with those in attendance.