The association's mission is the festivalls, free to those who attend, and the fund raising that pays for them. A board of directors, made up of businessmen from around the country, sets Palau's annual salary at $103,000, plus a $50,000 housing allowance and the use of a 1994 Mercury Grand Marquis. Palau travels about 70 percent of the year.

 

At home, Palau goes to bed around midnight and is up before 6, praying and reading in his book-lined study. He hates the thought that he hasn't heard of something that he might incorporate into his next sermon or radio address. Every surface in his study is piled with books -- evangelists' biographies, best sellers about religious trends, histories of Buddhism and Islam -- and clippings from Forbes, Fortune and Christianity Today. If he's not reading, he turns the television to CNBC for financial news.

 

"What else is there? (If) there's no money, there's nothing happening in America," he says with a laugh.

 

His travel schedule is intense. Six festivals -- in Argentina, Spain, Fiji, Peru, Reno, Nev., and Minneapolis -- are planned for 2004. Another eight events are scheduled for 2005 and 2006 in Washington, D.C., Houston, Orlando, Fla., China, Scotland, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

 

At Palau's festivals, the music dominates -- popular Christian entertainers such as tobyMac, Jaci Velasquez and Third Day. Palau himself preaches for only 40 minutes. The message is simple: Jesus, and only Jesus, saves. And he is far from finished delivering it.


c. 2003 Religion News Service