After the recent tragedy in Times Square where a troubled former Navy recruit mowed down 23 pedestrians, killing one young girl, Christian leaders rallied together and brought Jesus Week to the heart of New York City.
A reported 14,000 people were in attendance this past weekend in Times Square for Jesus Week. Jesus Week is an evangelistic outreach that brought the churches of New York together to celebrate and lift up the name of Jesus through prayer, the reading of Scripture and live performances.
The event was held by Concerts of Prayer – Greater New York (COPGNY) which is a Christ-centered network of pastors and churches led by Pastor Dimas Salaberrios, whose sole goal is to encourage prayer across “ethnic, economic and denominational lines.”
Jesus Week kicked off on May 27 with the leaders of Concerts of Prayer going into every borough in NYC to pray, help the poor, and minister in schools and troubled neighborhoods. The week concluded on June 3 with a large stage set-up in Times Square.
The Christian Post caught up with Salaberrios after the dynamic time of ministry and he explained that the weekend event featured audio Bible recordings which played throughout the day. The readings ran for an hour each time and was then followed by a minister who would pray through Scripture.
“People said it was the boldest thing they’ve ever seen,” Salaberrios told The Christian Post, describing people’s reactions to the Bible being played out loud. He says the Scriptures, prayers, and music were heard down four New York City blocks.
The stage was set up on 43rd street in Manhattan with banners raised, pointing people to Christ and prayer for the city. Gospel artists Papa San, Freddy Washington, and Dr. Robert Stearns all lent their talents to the main stage and thousands joined in to worship.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law