In between the Covid-19 pandemic, the 28th edition of the March for Jesus was different. To avoid conglomerations, instead of the public being on the streets marching, there was a huge supportive motorcade, over 10 thousand vehicles attended.
Among the main objectives of this event, that took place last Monday (09/02), was the gathering of food for the needy to be distributed on the upcoming charity events of the Reborn in Christ Church – entity responsible for delivering 1500 tons of food at poor communities during this pandemic.
A gathering post was assembled in the parking lot of House of Representatives of the State of São Paulo.
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Along the 7,5 mile route, everybody was praising and praying inside their vehicles. Some of them were on motorcycles. As usual, they came with their prayers inside their shoes.
“The March for Jesus is a journey. Every mile we go brings a great impact in the spiritual word. It is an act of faith that open up ways! During the time in the desert towards the Promised Land, there was a time when the people found themselves cornered: from behind, the Egyptian’s army, up ahead, the sea. Moses received God’s order: ‘Tell the people to March!’ Then the sea opened up and the enemy stood behind!”, as the Bishop Fernanda Hernandes Rasmussen preached.
This act of faith, hope and solidarity began around 1 P.M., near the Ibirapuera’s Obelisk, with Apostle Estevam Hernande’s pray, president of this event in Brasil, consecrating the route and raising a great cry in favor of the Brazilian nation.
“Today, we came state that the Lord of this nation is Jesus and, in Him, there is life, peace and Hope! Without a doubt, this was the largest motorcade in the history of our country. All that is to glorify the name of Christ!”, He proclaimed.
The vehicles were guided by six Electric Trios (huge sound cars) going through the May 23rd Avenue headed to Anhembi’s Exhibit pavilion to be part of an enormous drive-in concert where the greatest’s names of Brazilian Christian Music performed for only 1500 cars previously enrolled.
On top of the main Electric Trio, Apostle Estevam, Bishop Sonia Hernandes, Renascer Praise and Marcelo Aguiar made sure to keep the party going along the course.
All the attendees were able to follow the prayers and praises while in their vehicles through the live feed performed by Radio Gospel FM.
“It was my first March and, definitely, it will be forever in my mind. The March is for me a spiritual revival and a proof that we will never be limited by circumstances!”, said Rafael da Costa, from Bragança Paulista, who attended the event.
“It was Amazing! I’ve never seen such a massive amount of cars gathered by the same goal. To March for Jesus, even inside the car was an indescribable experience. In a time when so many people can’t go outside, it is such a privilege to be able to do so and yet praise our Lord! Considering also we could bless other families with our donations. It was a beautiful act of faith and solidarity. I attend the event for more than 20 years and I can say that they are never the same!”, said the Businessman José Cláudio Rodrigues, from Campinas.
The March for Jesus motorcade also brought together the main evangelic churches of the country. On the official web site, more than 1500 churches were registered.
Along the course, a team of intercessors were strategically positioned to bless the motorcade.
The event were also visited by political authorities, that made sure to highlight the importance of The March for Jesus.
“The March for Jesus is the face of São Paulo, it’s one the events that shows the diversity of our city. Thanks to the great commitment of the creators and their seek to fulfill all the security measures, it was possible for us to be here today! It’s a great joy to be Mare of the city which possess the largest March for Jesus!”, stated the Mare of São Paulo, Bruno Covas.
“Though many different point of views, we can highlight the benefits the March for Jesus brings to our city. Besides moving people from other regions, it enriches our diversity, brings up a positive message and a strong social work. The partnership between churches and the city hall has been helping thousands of families. I’m very grateful for everyone’s disposition!”, he added.
“Even in the face of many struggles, the March for Jesus happened, it had a great expression and fulfilled its purpose of bringing a message of life, even though it was in a different display. I know, for sure, that our city was filled of faith and hope today. I believe it was one of the biggest motorcades of this country history. I also believe the drive-in concert will set an audience record too”, proclaimed the President of the Municipal Council and city councilor Eduardo Tuma.
The March for Jesus motorcade also happened in other Brazilians Capitals such as Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, Salvador, Recife and Florianópolis.
In order not to conglomerate, a team of volunteers pick up the donations directly from the vehicles. They all used gloves and protection masks.
The stipulated goal by the leaders was overachieved! During the day, over than 10 thousands food kits were collected.
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For the organization and structuration of the food collection, during the motorcade and the drive-in concert, there were more than a thousand volunteers involved.
Besides, the event was also supported by the City Hall and other city agencies.
The March for Jesus was transmitted live through their official broadcasters – Rede Gospel de Televisão and Rádio Gospel Fm
Besides, at the official web sites and Youtube, people could watch it from all around the globe.
Drive-in Concert and mega live
The Event’s planners assembled a mega light and sound structure for the concert sequel. More than five tons of equipment were allocated. Besides, at the venue, 16 huge screens and 5 LED panels were put in place, allowing the public a privileged sight of the performance.
The most preeminent artists of National Christian Music performed for more than 8 hours alternating themselves in a 1500 square feet stage.
Among them we could see: Praise Cia de Dança, Diego Ribeiro, Aline Nunes, Mauri de Jesus, Bárbara Teruko, Mariana Valadão, Sarah Bia, Juliana Silva, Wesley Ros, Gabriel Guedes, Daniel Berg, Ton Carfi, Leonardo Borges, Davi Sacer, Midian Lima, Ao Cubo, Kemuel, André & Felipe, Marcelo Aguiar, Isadora Pompeo, Casa Worship e Renascer Praise.
Respecting all security measures, only 1500 vehicles – up until 4 people per car – were parked at the venue.
The Anhembi exhibit pavilion was completely adapted in a way that the audience could praise comfortably and safely.
The Event’s planners also made a deal with the app “NadaPay”, assuring a quality service, without the need for the attendees to leave their cars when hungry.
When Downloading the App, the user could access the Menu and received a code identifying their spot for the drive-in. The orders were delivered at the vehicles by employees wearing masks and gloves.
From their homes, people from across the world could follow the performance through the official Mach for Jesus YouTube Channel.
A Brief March for Jesus history
The year was 1993, the March for Jesus arrived in Brazil by the hands of Apostle Estevam, currently president of the March in Brazil, when the first edition took place in São Paulo. That time, the March started in Paulista Avenue, going all the way through Brigadeiro luís Antônio Avenue and arrived at Anhangabaú, for the concert.
Six years later, about 10 million people in more the 170 countries marched to celebrate the name of Jesus Christ. Citizens from across religions, ages and ethnicities went out in countries like Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Mozambique, Russia, USA and others.
In 2021, the March for Jesus will be held in Israel for the 8th time, during the Apostolic Caravan.
The March for Jesus is a part of the Country’s official calendar since September of 2009, when the Federal Law 12.025 was approved by the former president Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva .
In São Paulo, the event has the support of the city hall and several other agencies, including the police.