150,000 Gather to See the JESUS Film Premier in St. Petersburg

( [email protected] ) Oct 28, 2003 09:59 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA -- The JESUS Film premier in St. Petersburg, Russia attracted a crowd of over 150,000, Oct. 12-19.

"I am excited to inform you that the 'Jesus' Film Project in St. Petersburg, Russia is bringing just great results. The last week of the showings (Oct. 12-19) was marked by enormous interest of people to the film -- during this last weekend we had crowds of people who were desperate to see the movie!" said Andrey Kovalev, a Russian Interpreter to Assist News Service.

"In many places, when all the seats were occupied, the overflow people decided to stay in the aisles, on stairs and everywhere they could stay -- just to watch the film! Total attendance during the 3 weeks of showings was more than 150 000 people!!! Praise God!" Kovalev continued.

According to Kovalev, the showings were mostly a one-time event. "It was amazing. This week the showings will continue in few places, but in most of the sites the showings are over and we will have follow-up meetings only. Please, pray for the harvest to be kept by the churches,” said Kovalev.

"Our team made a concert last Saturday for those who attended the follow-ups. About 23 people attended and were very much blessed. We are going to continue working in that district by opening a Bible school -- right now we have about 10 people signed up for it. Yesterday our church had the first Sunday meeting in October -- the first three Sunday meetings were cancelled because of the 'Jesus' Film project -- most of our church members were busy at the showings."