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What Works For Me In… Reaching Our Community

Pastor Alvaro Sauza of the Missoula, Montana Seventh-day Adventist Church District looks for every way possible to reach his community with the Adventist message.

Two key ingredients of everything he does are–

1. Young people– Last year Alvaro was impressed that many of the teenagers in his district should go on the 2009 Dominican Republic Mission Trip and preach a series of Bible meetings. Although it looked impossible financially he challenged the young people, their families and the church family to see if it could happen. As a result many young people and parents participated in the mission experience. (Read one teenager’s testimony).

When the local church school was forced to close because of financial challenges Alvaro appealed for only a temporary closure. As a result the school board continues to meet and the church continues to provide subsidy in anticipation of the school re-opening next year. And the school grounds are being used this fall for a giant maze, raising awareness of Seventh-day Adventists and their school in the community as well as money for three non-profits from the proceeds. Over a thousand are expected to participate in the maze.

2. Non-stop soul winning– The young people who went on the Domincan Republic Mission Trip this spring have just completed a ShareHim evangelistic series this fall, resulting in a number of good interests. A few weeks later Alvaro began another series of meetings for the interests so they would not lose their interest! This December there will be Bible instructor training for the members and in February and March 2010 the Missoula church will host the Momentum Reaping Meetings with Brian McMahon.

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Media & Adventist Benefits- “Schools of Brutality”

In 1903 Seventh-day Adventists were given this counsel.

“Some of the most popular amusements, such as football and boxing, have become schools of brutality. They are developing the same characteristics as did the games of ancient Rome. The love of domination, the pride in mere brute force, the reckless disregard of life, are exerting upon the youth a power to demoralize that is appalling.” {Education p. 210.3 from the chapter “Recreation“}

Now, over 100 years later, professional sports are huge business, dominating the thinking and media outlets of America and the world. Colleges and High Schools groom their students to try to make it into the big leagues. Even elementary students have become a part of a system that rarely anyone questions. This segment on 60 Minutes newsmagazine October 11, 2009, “A Blow the the Brain“,  is one of the few that asks if the system is good for kids.

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Soul Winning Quick Notes- May 2009

  • 140 Trained & Equipped to Give Bible Studies in Eugene-Springfield Metro area. On Sabbath afternoon, May 16, one hundred forty Adventist believers from Eugene-Springfield, Oregon area churches gathered for “Share the Light” small group Bible study training in preparation for Momentum meetings by Jose Rojas in September. At the conclusion of the four hour training 88 signed up for a Starter Kit, three Bible study interest cards and committed themselves to begin a Bible study group within the next two weeks. Four weeks earlier 100k Bible study invitation cards were mailed to the Eugene-Springfield metro area with over 465 responses to date.
  • Spanish Satellite Reaping Series from Portland this October. Spanish SDA churches across North America are preparing for a great harvest the week of October 24-31, 2009. During that week a satellite series will be broadcast on La Esperanza TV featuring Ramon Canals, NPUC VP for Hispanic Ministries, preaching to a live audience in the Portland, OR area.
  • Boise Metro Evangelism & Field School this September. Seventh-day Adventist Churches in the Treasure Valley, ID (Boise metro) are preparing for a major evangelistic series this September, including a field school of evangelism, featuring Ron Clouzet, Ministerial Director for the North American Division.
  • God’s Leading in Pasco, Washington. God is still eager to answer prayers, and lead people to a greater knowledge of Him, if we will let Him use us as His tools. Two amazing stories from a recent public evangelistic series in Pasco (Wash.) Riverview Church provide a wonderful reminder of this truth. Emma Lutz, a member of the the church determined to join the lay visitation teams led by Jac Colon (Read More)
  • Youth for Jesus at Gem State Academy, Idaho. “More sermons, more Bible studies, more evangelism…and we as a staff are trying to figure out how to make it happen,” says London Lee, Gem State Adventist Academy chaplain. He’s talking about the students’ response to Youth for Jesus, an ASI-sponsored program just concluded on the GSAA campus. For over five months, students, faculty, churches and the community have experienced a powerful renewal and transformation. (Read More). 
  • Earthquake Shakes Boonstra LA Evangelistic Meetings. Linda Caviness Ph.D., a Professor in the School of Education at La Sierra University, shares this report. “All during the month of May we have been having an evangelistic series in the Shrine Auditorium in downtown L.A. Last night and tonight were on the topic of the Sabbath. Shawn Boonstra, the It Is Written speaker, who is doing the series, kept saying all week that we need to pray specifically for these 2 nights because the Devil always tries to disrupt.  The Shrine Auditorium is where the movie stars do the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) awards, but we have the site rented for these meetings. Tonight as Shawn drew the meeting to a close, he asked all who wanted to commit themselves to allegiance to Christ to please stand up. As soon as we all stood (there were 2,000 present and most of them were non-SDAs), a sizeable earthquake began. The timing was perfect! The building was shaking and everyone just stood there. Immediately, Continue reading

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Why Not Try This?… Schedule a Youth Baptismal Sabbath

We set dates for weddings, graduations, sporting events and special times with a loved one. So why not set one for youth baptisms? When we set a date for baptism we show that we realize it is an important step in walking with Jesus and we are more likely to give serious attention to preparing for this special event.

In the North Pacific Union, the first Sabbaths in May and December are “Youth Baptismal Sabbath.” (Alternate dates can be set locally.) Why have two baptismal dates in a year? By having two baptismal dates a year there will be many more who are baptized. When a person is baptized they usually think of friends they want to see make the same decision. If there is another baptism already scheduled within the next six months they are often more focused in their outreach efforts. At many baptismal services some watching make a decision for baptism and need to be invited to prepare to be baptized within the next six months or sooner. Some people are ripe for making a decision for baptism now that weren’t six months ago.

As a spiritual leader of young people you have an incredible privilege and responsibility. You can help the young people in your circle of influence catch a vision of what Jesus has planned for their lives and to invite them to take important steps in that direction. One word spoken, one invitation made, one personal testimony shared, one verse of God’s word read can be the turning point in an entire life. Continue reading

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What Works for Me in… Preparing Young People for Baptism- Marcy Perry

Editor’s Note- Marcy Perry, an Earliteen Sabbath School Leader, Pathfinder Staff member, wife, mom, and member of the Meadow Glade Seventh-day Adventist Church (OR Conf) has helped prepare more than twenty young people for baptism in the past six weeks (that right, WEEKS!). How has a lay member done it? 

Four key factors- 

  1. God impressed her with the need
  2. Her pastor empowered her (He said “Go for it!”)
  3. Her church member friends helped her with three carefully planned retreat weekends at her home; one for Sixth Grade Girls, another for Seventh/Eighth Grade Boys, and the third for Sixth Grade Boys
  4. She drew on resources and inspiration from www.YouthBaptismalSabbath.org

At first she talked to the young people about having a baptismal class but school, homework, sports, field trips, music tours and other items kept conflicting with the plans. Most of these young people had been around Adventist beliefs for years but had just not been brought to a decision to unite with the Adventist movement. That’s when the idea for a retreat weekend was born.

At the first retreat fourteen girls signed up. Continue reading

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Check Out These Radical Soul Winning Stories

When good sowing and cultivating takes place, the reaping continues into the future.

Here are several stories from the GleanerNow! we can plan to hear more and more about in the future–

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H.K.W.H.T.A.- Don Schneider, President, North American Division

“The Seventh-day Adventist Church has no money to pay people who aren’t busy telling other people about Jesus.”

         – Don Schneider, President, North American Division. Years ago Don and Marti’s daughter was working at Glacier View Ranch summer camp in Colorado. On the phone one day he asked “How many kids have you prayed with?”

She replied “Dad, I work with horses. That’s for other staff to do.”

“Go tell the camp director Ron Whitehead to fire you, because the Seventh-day Adventist Church has no money to pay people who aren’t busy telling other people about Jesus.”

A few days later the daughter called her mom. “Tell Dad I’ve started praying with campers!”

Don’s passion is to help every church member share Jesus with those around them. He does it himself, too. He Knows What He’s Talking About (H.K.W.H.T.A.).

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Incredible Fall Soul Winning Highlights

WOW, what a soul-winning harvest cycle!

Check out these headlines and read more detailed notes below–

  1. “God Said… So What?” Spokane Momentum meetings 
  2. Montana Educator Becomes Evangelist
  3. Oregon Spanish MilAgro Plans and New Congregations
  4. Kalispell, MT Halversen Meetings
  5. Lessons from Discoveries 08
  6. WWU Professors Pray for their Students
  7. Vancouver Momentum Preparations
  8. Creative Chinese Evangelism
  9. Conference President & Trust Services Director Win Souls
  10. Staggered Double Header Approach Successful
  11. Your Bible Speaks Adds Dozens of New Members
  12. Alaksans “Share The Light”
  13. Vancouver, WA Revelation Seminar
  14. Canby, Oregon Reaping
  15. More Experiences at NPUC Momentum website

1. “God Said… So What?” Spokane Momentum meetings, were recently hosted at the Spokane Central Seventh-day Adventist Church for Metro Spokane. The powerful messages by Byron Corbett and John Bradshaw were captured for broadcast on the Hope Church Channel November 29-December 6, 2008 and are being packaged in DVD format for distribution free to every NPUC church and school in early January for use next spring. Baptisms and Interest follow up continue under the direction of Dave Livermore, coordinator, and area pastors. An on-going ministry in Spokane is the “WhyIQuitChurch.com” which includes a city bus (see photo), website and free tickets to a monthly showing of the film “Jesus save us from your followers.”

2. Montana Educator Becomes Evangelist. Here’s an email Archie Harris, Education & Youth Director for the Montana Conference, recently sent to all his teachers. “Dear Teachers, Tomorrow night (Wednesday) David Prest [Conference Ministerial Director] and I will finish our Evangelistic Meetings in Townsend. Continue reading

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Tacoma Field School of Evangelism Wins Souls & Trains Soul Winners

From the NPUC Momentum website

Jac & ‘dena Colon, one of our NPUC Evangelistic Teams, recently completed a Field School of Evangelism and Revelation Now! series with nine Andrews seminary students.

Jac reports “Just wanted to let you know that we have finished our field school and meeting in Tacoma.  We had 25 baptisms with about 5 more scheduled this weekend and a number of more good interests.  I know that Pastor Scott Tyman [Tacoma Central Seventh-day Adventist Church] will do a good job following up.”

You can read a few of the reflections by some of the students by clicking the links below–

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Changed Lives- Spokane Junior Academy

By Irene Kay, Teacher

This past year I was blessed with a bulging class of 5th & 6th graders. One of the 5th grade students was a brittle diabetic. His parents had kept him in public school for the first years because they wished to have a nurse on campus to help monitor his insulin and be there in case anything happened. He wished to come to SJA (Spokane Junior Academy) last year and his parents consented only because they thought him old enough to be responsible concerning his own medical care. I was very hesitant at first but with his dad on the quick dial of my cell phone and some training, things became easier.This young man seemed to thoroughly enjoy being at SJA. 3/4 of the way through the year, Continue reading

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