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Final Report: Men and women from all over the Spanish-speaking world had the opportunity to call in and talk with Luis Palau live and on-air during the week-long, Spanish television outreach of Continente 2014, October 13-17.
In addition to Luis, more than 500 phone counselors and pastors all over Latin America were trained and able to follow up with callers and new believers.
The opening day for Continente 2014 “was probably the very best opening day on TV ever,” Luis reported. There were no technical problems and every call went through with crystal clarity! Praise the Lord for this! With equipment working perfectly, every caller was able to connect with Luis or a counselor. Every caller received scriptural counsel and prayer. There was such a great sense of the Lord’s Spirit at work in the whole process.
During one segment, early in the week, Luis read a letter regarding depression, prompting an overwhelming flood of calls. Every line lit up with men and women who struggled with depression and were turning to scriptural counsel and Jesus Christ, in order to find hope and begin healing. One of the first callers had attempted suicide and was contemplating it again. Another caller was addicted to heroin in order to cope with her severe depression. A third man called for prayer in overcoming addiction to pornography.
The week continued with stories of salvation, hope and personal transformation in the lives of precious men and women who are reaching out to Christ through this broadcast.
- Carmela called from California. She is 45 years old and left the church when her 3-year-old son died by suffocation. Carmela lived with tremendous depression to the point of attempting suicide. Luis was able to lead her back to faith in God and to the joy that she could have in Him.
- Jesús called from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Jesús has never known the Lord and was heartbroken from a relationship, looking for healing in his life. The extended conversation with Luis helped him see his answer was found in Jesus’ love for him. Finally, Jesus gave his heart to the Lord and is receiving the newly translated Spanish NTV (Nuevo Traduccion Viviente) New Testament for new believers.
- Cinthia called in from Las Vegas. Cinthia felt that God has never listened to her. She asked “What is wrong? Don’t I pray enough? How can I connect with God?” Yet Cinthia had never trusted in Christ for salvation so she could know God personally. Luis patiently listened and led her to faith in Christ.
- Miriam called from Houston, under a desperate burden of guilt and despair. A desparate family situation was escalating into almost criminal measures and Miriam barely knew how to return to God’s wisdom, direction and forgiveness. After talking to Luis, Miriam received biblical guidance to trust in Christ. She made a new commitment to do things God’s way and received follow-up materials to grow her new life in Christ.
Your prayers for Continente 2014 were powerful and effective. Throughout the week, everything from technical aspects to the quality of callers was masterfully orchestrated by the Holy Spirit. Pray for all those who gave their lives to Christ as a result of this broadcast, that they would become rooted and established in their faith.
Update: No matter which city or nation a person lives, men and women all over the Latino world have the opportunity to call in and talk with Luis Palau this week, live, during the special week-long television outreach of Continente 2014, October 13-17.
Luis reports that the opening day for Continente 2014 was "probably the very best opening day on TV ever." It was no minor detail that all the equipment worked perfectly, allowing numerous callers to get through to receive scriptural counsel and pray with Luis and trained telephone counselors. There was such a great sense of the Lord's Spirit at work in the whole process.
During one segment, early in the program, Luis read a letter regarding depression, prompting an overwhelming flood of callers. Every line lit up with men and women who struggled with depression and were turning to scriptural counsel and Jesus Christ, in order to find hope and begin healing. One of the first callers had attempted suicide and was contemplating it again. Another caller was addicted to heroin in order to cope with her severe depression. A third man called for prayer in overcoming addiction to pornography.
The opening day for Continente 2014, from technical aspects to the quality of callers, was masterfully orchestrated by the Holy Spirit and we are praying for the week to continue with stories of salvation, hope and personal transformation in the lives of precious men and women who are reaching out for Christ through this broadcast.
About Continente: Continente is a unique televised campaign to the Latin world October 13 to 17. Luis Palau will offer biblical advice and counseling on matters of faith to millions of viewers in dozens of nations through five nights of call-in evangelistic broadcasting. In 2012, Palau and a team of trained counselors took more than 680 calls, offering encouragement on everything from substance abuse to anxiety. The outreach provides a platform for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in a relevant way as it relates to the caller's personal struggle.
First launched in Quito, Ecuador, in 1965, this unique radio and television broadcast has played a major role in the Palau team's evangelistic campaigns. Over the years, incredible stories of changed lives have emerged from this outreach:
'"Luis, I'm 20 years old and I've done bad things. I don't want to stop. But I know what I'm doing is wrong."
Ingrid called in a number of years ago. We spoke for several minutes. I could tell she was looking for excuses to justify her lifestyle. God prompted me to dig a little deeper.
"Tell me about your family," I said, "What about your parents? What do they think of all this?" Immediately, I knew I had hit a nerve.
"I don't have a family," she said softly. "My mom gave me away when I was five years old."
She couldn't hold back the tears any longer. Between sobs, her whole sad story came pouring out. Her mother had abandoned her. She didn't know her father. Her adoptive family was abusive. Her brothers repeatedly raped her. She was detached and angry.
"Ingrid," I said, "the Bible says in Psalm 27:10, 'Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.' Your parents may have abandoned you, but Jesus will not. He has not! You're looking for real love, but you won't find it with these men. You won't find it in this world. You'll only find it with God."
That's when she truly accepted Jesus Christ. Live on television, I led her in a prayer of repentance and forgiveness. Ingrid tearfully prayed to Jesus, acknowledged who He was, and asked Him to be the Lord of her life. As I hung up the phone and continued with the program, I wondered if I would ever hear from Ingrid again.
My wife and I had the opportunity to meet up with Ingrid many years later. We were holding a similar campaign in Latin America. I was told a young lady wanted to greet my wife and me. The second I heard her name, that heart-wrenching phone call came to mind.
I was astounded! Ingrid is now a beautiful, mature woman. She found a solid, Bible-believing church, got baptized, and left her job for full-time Christian work in another nation. She is now serving God as a missionary! When Pat and I sat down with her, it was as if we were talking with a completely different person from the young woman who had called in to our broadcast. She was so happy—so fulfilled. She had found healing. She had found life!'