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Multnomah Partners With Luis Palau for Portland CityFest


Anticipation is in the air at Multnomah as the time approaches for Luis Palau's Portland CityFest 2008 on August 22 and 23 at Waterfront Park. Multnomah's sponsorship of this event is the biggest partnership since Dr. John Mitchell and Dr. Joe Aldrich's involvement in the Portland Billy Graham Crusades of 1950 and 1992.

"With Luis being one of our alumni, we have always felt a special connection to his ministry," said Michelle Peel, director of Alumni Relations at Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary. "He is a great example of Multnomah's legacy to educate and equip Christians for impact in their world today."

The Festival
More than 6.5 million people have attended Luis Palau's festivals worldwide since they began in 1999. The Luis Palau Association (LPA) seeks to make their festivals more than just a weekend event; they want to leave a lasting legacy of united evangelistic efforts among Christian leaders in each community.

Season of Service
As a precursor to Portland CityFest, Christians from all denominations will work together under the banner of "Season of Service" to minister to their communities through relationships, service, and strategic outreach. Through focused efforts on such needs as homelessness, hunger, poverty, the medically uninsured, public schools and the environment, LPA strives to change the hearts of individual people and eventually the city itself.

Volunteer Opportunities
There are specific ways to get involved. As sponsors of Portland CityFest, Multnomah is looking for 500 volunteers for the event whether they be alumni, donors, faculty, staff, students, prospective students, or interested members of local churches. Volunteers will be able to serve as "advocates" or "decision counselors."

Advocates will commit to pray for five friends, neighbors, colleagues or family members during the months leading up to the festival. As part of the commitment, they will present the gospel message either through sharing their own testimony or extending an invitation to Portland CityFest where the Gospel will be clearly presented.

Decision counselors will volunteer at the festival to be a guide for those who come forward to make a decision for Christ. Training sessions will be scheduled for counselors as the festival approaches.

If you would like to be a part of Multnomah and Portland CityFest's efforts, notify us at or 503.251.6460 and visit to sign up for more info. You can also find additional information about LPA and their festivals at