Above: Evangelist Todd White (L) spoke at Melbourne’s ‘Awakening Australia’ event. Evangelist Shane Degen (R) is heading the ‘Jesus Loves Australia’ launch event in Sydney.
A movement of Jesus-followers with no official ‘brand’ or name, is emerging across Australia—with Christians breaking outside of denominational walls to gather for prayer and evangelism events in Melbourne, Sydney, and regional centres.
On Saturday, December 1, believers will gather from diverse cultures and church denominations at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium (Stadium Australia), for a worship and gospel night called Jesus Loves Australia. It’s a launch event to kick off a longer-term outreach strategy for the city, with a large gathering called ‘The Main Event’ planned for 2019.
Spearheading the event is evangelist Shane Degen, a Sydney father of eight.
Shane said Saturday night’s event was birthed out of a desire to see unreached people hear the gospel, who might never step foot inside a church.
“We just want to love Sydney,” he said. “It needs that hope that the gospel carries. The message of Jesus is the only message that has power to transform lives. So many people are hurting.”
The story of how organisers were even able to book such a large stadium, is a series of miracles – including massive discounts, financial support, and equipment and time being donated for free.
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“It’s interesting watching how the Lord works and how people come together for a good cause like love and the message of Jesus,” he said.
He’s urging people to come along, bring friends, and see how God will move.
Leading up to the Jesus Loves Australia event on Saturday will be a day of prayer, followed by an afternoon of outreach in Sydney’s streets, concluding in the gospel and worship night from 7pm. Other speakers will include Chad Clark, founder of Fuel the Fire Ministries and the One Hope Movement, and Uganda’s Solomon Nabeeta of Christ to All Foundation.
Thousands of Christians in Melbourne’s Streets
Meanwhile in Melbourne, an estimated 20,000 people gathered for Awakening Australia from November 16 to 18 – a three day event including worship, evangelism and gospel messages, at Marvel Stadium.
Speakers included evangelists Todd White, Heidi Baker, Ben Fitzgerald and Nick Vujicic; also involved was Hope UC pastor and worship artist Darlene Zschech, and the event saw hundreds of salvations and thousands of Christians reignited in their faith.
Leading up to the weekend, around 200 evangelists including 150 students from Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, California and people from other parts of the world, hit the streets of Melbourne for ‘Flood Melbourne’ – to pray for people and share God’s love over five days.
Many people experienced healing, many gave their lives to God.
The event received coverage in the mainstream media, and the morning after Awakening Australia concluded, a spontaneous worship gathering and mass baptism was held in the open air at St Kilda Beach, with passers-by curiously looking on.
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While the Sydney and Melbourne outreach events are not connected, supporters believe it’s the Holy Spirit that has co-ordinated both cities to be reached for Jesus within weeks of each other.
In 2019, Franklin Graham and team will come to Australia for a six-city evangelism tour, including a two-day event in Sydney’s International Convention Centre from February 23-24.
And at the time of writing a small team of evangelists and pray-ers are touring regional centres of NSW including Cowra and Dubbo, to worship and pray for rain. Their ‘rain dance’ ministry has even been reported on by a local paper in one of the towns they visited.