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'Continente 2010' Reaches Millions with the Gospel

Evangelist Luis Palau partners with Spanish television network Enlace during Easter Holy Week

Contact: David L. Jones, david.jones@palau.org, 503-614-1500; Jorge Scopazzo, jorge.scopazzo@palau.org; both with Luis Palau Association

DALLAS, April 6 /Christian Newswire/ -- International evangelist Luis Palau, in partnership with Spanish television network Enlace, concluded on Easter Sunday a massive media outreach that reached millions of people throughout Latin America with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The event, called Continente 2010, aired live television and radio broadcasts each weekday evening throughout Easter Holy Week, March 29-April 4, 2010. The live call-in format for "Night Talk" ("Luis Palau Responde," in Spanish) employed call screeners in 26 countries. Callers were connected with Palau in the Enlace studio in Dallas, Texas, or with another Christian counselor. At any given time 700 telephone lines throughout the Latin world could be active. And with more than 5,350 television and radio partners re-broadcasting the Enlace program, event organizers estimate a reach to tens of millions of people every evening.

"I spoke with callers from Argentina, Guatemala, California, Honduras, and El Salvador," said Palau, naming just a few. "Each told me about deep-seated, difficult issues they were facing -- from divorce and sexual addiction or assault to depression, suicide, and even murder. I shared the truth of the love and forgiveness found in Jesus Christ that is available to everyone. Many made first-time commitments to Jesus Christ right there with me on the phone. Only God knows how many more who were watching or listening also gave their lives to Christ!"

Callers making a faith decision could receive a free copy of the New Testament and follow-up material through the local United Bible Societies. They were also connected to a local church in their area for further follow-up. More than 685 churches registered as partners with Continente 2010, many offering live or delayed broadcasts of the show. All were committed to following up with the new believers referred to them.

The media blitz culminated with a special Easter Sunday afternoon service at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. The two-hour service featured Palau, worship leader Marcos Witt, and a number of guest artists. It was aired by Enlace throughout Latin America.

Palau first started counseling people on live television 45 years ago when in 1965 he was invited by HCJB-TV in Quito, Ecuador to take calls from spiritual seekers and questioning skeptics.

For more information contact David L. Jones at david.jones@palau.org or Jorge Scopazzo at jorge.scopazzo@palau.org.