Taking advantage of high activity surrounding the 2012 Olympic games and one of the busiest weekends for local tourism, 15 churches in Portland and Weymouth, England, came together to host Refresh on the Beach. This free evangelistic festival August 24-27 featured live music, children's activities, and a biblical message of Good News from Andrew Palau.
Proving to be one of largest faith gatherings the area has ever seen, Refresh 2012 included more than 20 events in seven days to reach people of every age and background with the Good News. "It was an extraordinary Christian festival on the beach: the direct result of long term relationships across denominations," said Bishop Graham Kings of Sherborne.
Andrew and worship leader Dave Lubben shared at dinners for men and women, meals for the homeless, services at Verne Prison, and concerts on the beach. In a clear example of God's work, tremendously high percentages – 30% to 75% – of the guests at each outreach made commitments to Christ.
"The unity of the Body, their love for the city over the long haul, and their willingness to faithfully pray for and invite their friends and family to know Christ is not only biblical, it is effective. We saw lives transformed before our eyes through the faithful proclamation of the Gospel," said Andrew Palau. "I continue to see evidence that the Body of Christ in the UK stands on the threshold of something big in terms of revival and in terms of harvest."
The upcoming National Day of Prayer and Worship (Sept. 29) at Wembley Stadium in London presents an outstanding opportunity for the Church in the UK to unite in prayer for their countrymen. Please keep this event in your prayers and visit ndopwembley.com to learn more and get involved.