Hands lifted up and banners waving in the air as they confess
"God, Lord of life," the marchers worship the Lord
with all their might and give glory to the most high God. Representing
rich and poor and every race, people all over the globe worship
together. This was the scene last year at the global "March for Jesus."
The celebration will be held again this year. Over 140 cities
and towns in Canada are registered for the march on May 29. The
event links the west coast to the east coast and includes such
cities as Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, and
St. John's. Young and old people are gathering together to proclaim
Jesus Christ as their Lord.
Participants in the "March for Jesus" do not have
to belong to any particular church. The goal of the march is
to send a spirit of unity around the world. When Christian people
worship together, they don't think of themselves individually,
but as a collective body.
"It's not about 'marching,' nor is it a 'parade,' says
the Handbook for the 1999 event. Rather, it is an extravagant
expression of prayer, praise, and proclamation. The March for
Jesus allows Christians to join together and to present a message
of hope in a new and unusual way. It aims to grab people's attention
and invites them to worship together in the streets.
Across Canada there were 117,383 participants last year. The
City of Winnipeg alone had over 40,000 participants. Organizers
for the 1999 March for Jesus say they expect even more participants
this year than previously.