Laurie Holds Crusade after Son's Death

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Megachurch pastor Greg Laurie, who lost his son less than a month ago in a car accident, carries on with his annual Harvest Crusade events this weekend -- his first large-scale evangelistic outreach since his son died.

On his blog earlier, Laurie hinted about what he may be speaking on this weekend, even as thousands prepared to descend upon Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., Friday night for "The Southern California Harvest," from August 15-17.

"I've been thinking a great deal about heaven the last few days. I also have been searching the Scripture and learning more about it than at any other time in my life," Laurie wrote, addressing comments about mourning for his son.

Laurie pastors the 15,000-member Harvest Christian Church in Riverside, Calif., where his son Chris Laurie worked as a graphic artist.

"I'm sure that will enter into what I will speak on at our upcoming Harvest Crusade," he said. "I would appreciate your prayer as I seek to share the messages on the three nights of this event that will be from God's heart and will show people their very real need for Jesus Christ."

This weekend's crusade is one of many Laurie has held since he began the evangelistic outreaches more than 18 years ago. The event will be streamed live on the church Web site each night, from Friday to Sunday.

They will also air on the Trinity Broadcast Network on three consecutive Saturdays at 2 p.m., starting August 23.

More than 3.5 million people have attended a Harvest Crusades event in person, and more than 275,000 people have registered decisions of faith in Jesus Christ, according the church Web site.

Laurie honored his son's memory on his church's Web site by sharing that Chris "poured his heart into these events."

"Let's pray for our greatest crusades ever with thousands coming to know Christ personally and thus finding the hope of heaven my son is now experiencing first-hand," Laurie said.

Chris Laurie, 33, was killed July 24 in a freeway accident involving a state-operated truck.

He left behind his wife, two-year-old daughter, and unborn child. He is also survived by his brother, Jonathan.

Sources: Harvest.org, CBN News

Orginally published August 15, 2008.

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