If you've driven around Carmichael or the Sacramento area, you've likely seen signs in front of churches and billboards announcing the Luis Palau Festival this weekend at the Cal Expo Grounds.
Local media reports say more than 50,000 people are expected each day for the free Christian worship and music festival. Palau, a native of Argentina, has been described as the Billy Graham of the Spanish-speaking world.
Among the local churches sending groups is Carmichael's Crossroads Church, formerly known as the . About 150 adult and youth members of the church will attend and 20 have volunteered to serve as counselors, said .
About 450 churches in the Sacramento area are sending their members, Pearson said, and there are a dozen churches in Carmichael and Fair Oaks that have partnered up including some from Citrus Heights and Orangevale.
"I've never seen such a meeting of churches and pastors coming together like this," he said. "I'm hoping this unity will continue on how serve the community."
Among the area churches sending people are in Carmichael and Fair Oaks' and , Pearson said. Individuals from Carmichael's are attending, officials there said.
The dozen area churches have participated in the Season of Service, volunteering their time and services, Pearson said. They cleaned up Sylvan Middle School in Citrus Heights, collected hygiene kits for teens and school supplies for students in the .
The Luis Palau festival includes music by Toby Mac and Mandisa.
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