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At a recent two-day outreach event called the Love Burundi Festival, TWR partnered with Oregon-based Luis Palau Association and evangelist Andrew Palau to broadcast live to 44 African nations and worldwide via the Internet. Andrew Palau led the evangelistic event, which was organized by hundreds of local churches and attended by an estimated 60,000 people.

The Palau Association estimates that 8,000 individuals made public decisions to accept Jesus Christ during the festival. Each person received a copy of the Gospel of John along with discipleship literature. Local churches plan to handle follow-up.

Burundi is one of the world’s poorest nations, with more than 80 percent of its people living below the poverty line. Longstanding conflict exists between the Tutsi and Hutu ethnic populations, so peace and reconciliation is something to strive toward.

“While the divisions across political and tribal lines still run deep, we’ve seen an historic coming together among churches from all sides,” said Palau. “As their understanding of the festival and its possibilities grew, so did their expectations. Their hope in Jesus is real change that will make an impact in Burundi for generations to come.”

Source: Luis Palau Association