In Venezuela, the uncertain social and political climate may actually be helping the church to grow. Large crowds attended this month's evangelistic festival with Luis Palau.
Palau offered an optimistic look into the nation's future. In spite of the current political and social unrest, he talked about faith and change under the theme, "Venezuela, open your heart to hope."
The nightly meetings drew more than 40,000 people to the fairgrounds of Barquisimeto, one of Venezuela's largest cities.
Popular Christian artists prepared the way for Palau, whose invitation to follow Christ drew more than 4,000 responses as the crowd chanted "yes to sexual purity."
In a morning event for the younger audience, thousands of children received medical care and entertainment including Bible stories and songs.