Unless you're a major sports team, filling up Pasadena's famous Rose Bowl might seem like a mammoth undertaking. But a diverse group of individuals and churches in Southern California believes it can be done.
Renting large sports facilities is nothing new for Christian organizations. Crusades, revivals and other spiritual events have been held at stadiums and arenas for decades. But the group that has secured the Rose Bowl for Friday, November 11, 2011 says it rented the historic stadium for a simple reason: to allow the Holy Spirit to move among them.
Puredi Hillary and his wife, Ruth, pastor Shiloh Tabernacle in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. The duo is helping organize the gathering on November 11. However, if you ask them, "organize" might be a loose term.
Ruth says many people have asked who is in charge of the event and what is on the program. She bluntly responds, "There is no program. There is no agenda. There will be no ministry or name glorified and exalted other than that of Jesus Christ."
The couple says members of their group decided to hold the event on 11/11/11 because the Holy Spirit directed them to several scriptures containing the number 11. Ruth says they've found many of the Scriptures talk about God bringing together those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness in the last days.
Puredi expects the gathering to draw up to 70,000 people, but is praying for many more; the Rose Bowl holds over 100,000. Invitations have been sent to people as far away as Central and South America as well as Europe. Several denominations will be in attendance, he adds, and even a number of Amish communities and the Mennonites have expressed interest.
Stay tuned to Charisma News for updates on this potentially historic event.
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