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UPDATE to Chicago SearchLight story

UPDATE: In the BP story, “Southern Baptists cast SearchLight on Chicago,” dated 7/10/00, the following 5-paragraph update can replace the original story’s 5th through 7th paragraphs:

There were more than just block parties, of course. Volunteers assisted local churches with door-to-door visitation, shared their faith on beaches, parks, and city streets, distributed copies of the evangelistic booklet “The Book of Hope,” and joined in a joint “Festival of Hope” on the lakefront at the end of the day.

Ultimately, more than 1,150 people made immediate professions of faith — including about 250 who accepted Christ at a July 11 evangelistic concert hosted by 26 Korean churches. More than 1,800 people attended the concert, featuring Korean recording artist Seung Jun Yoo and held in the northwestern Chicago suburb of Rolling Meadows.

Tens of thousands more across the city were introduced to more than 113 churches that participated in SearchLight. More than 103,000 copies of evangelistic materials that were distributed, and more than 31,000 face-to-face evangelistic conversations took place.

“I’m gloriously exhausted,” said SearchLight Coordinator Phil Miglioratti, taking a break during a contemporary Christian concert on the shore of Lake Michigan that closed out the day’s activities.

The approximately 2,934 volunteers from outside the area was significantly lower than earlier goals of up to 100,000, but involvement of local Southern Baptist and evangelical churches boosted the number of volunteers to an estimated 5,271.

ALSO, at the end of the story, a line can be added that Lee Weeks and Michelle Brummitt contributed to the article.

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