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Changed Lives – Couple Finds Truth at Adventist Prophecy Meetings

by Randy Maxwell, Pastor of the Renton Seventh-day Adventist Church

In early March of this year, Joe and Marilyn were watching TV when an advertisement for a “Revelation Speaks Peace” seminar caught their eye. The seminar was being held in Puyallup, Washington.

Marilyn, who had never heard of Voice of Prophecy or Shawn Boonstra, suggested to Joe that he invite their friend, Bruce, to go with him on opening night to see if it was worthwhile as Puyallup was a long way to drive with Seattle traffic congestion.

Joe went to the seminar and came back home that night very excited about what he heard. The couple attended as many nights as they could and learned from Pastor Boonstra how perfectly clear the Bible can be when allowed to speak for itself. “We learned about the Sabbath,” said Marilyn, “and the Holy Spirit spoke to our hearts that we had been attending church on the wrong day.”

Encouraged to find a Seventh-day Adventist Church in their area, they began a search and attended three Adventist churches—one of those was Renton SDA. “We had a checklist: Are the people friendly? Does the message line up with the Bible? Are they talking about prophecy and how it relates to what’s happening in the world today? Renton SDA checked every box on our list.”

On October 5, Renton pastor Randy Maxwell began a prophecy seminar entitled, “Unlocking the Mysteries of Prophecy.” The timing was perfect for Joe and Marilyn, who were having their new-found faith confirmed in Bible studies conducted by the Renton Bible Worker and at the meetings.

Each presentation was followed by a short health talk, a nutritious snack, and a question and answer period. “Pastor Randy Maxwell is a very gifted pastor and speaks directly from the Bible and makes it relevant to what is happening in the world today,” said Marilyn. “We met his wife Suzette and discovered that she and Pastor Randy have a true heart for people and the Word of God.”

Before the Boonstra meetings, they had been searching for truth two years! “We attended four different churches and none were teaching the full Bible like the Seventh-day Adventists!”

On October 28, Pastor Maxwell, accompanied by the Bible Worker, baptized the couple a week before the prophecy series concluded. “Joe and Marilyn are enthusiastic witnesses for Jesus,” says Maxwell. “They are excited about the truth and it was a thrill to baptize them into Christ and His remnant church,”

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Changed Lives – A Treasure Book at a Thrift Store

It all began for Larry one day when he went to a local Seattle Thrift Store. He was browsing the books when a particular one caught his attention. It was the book The Great Controversy. Larry opened and perused the pages and what he was reading got him so interested that he purchased the book. He was fascinated by the Bible prophecy content of the book as well as their precise fulfillment.

On the last week of September 2017, Larry received a Revelation: The Final Events Seminar handbill through the mail. He was excited to attend and even invited his wife, Vicky, to go with him. The first weekend of the seminar was held at a community hall in Seattle, not very far from where they live. From the very first presentation they attended, Larry and Vicky felt convicted that what they were learning was Bible-based. They decided to keep coming night after night.

Before the seminar venue was moved to the Greater Seattle Filipino American Seventh-day Adventist Church, Larry had a chat with the seminar presenter, Pastor Eddie General. He told the pastor how much he appreciated the seminar presentations. He also mentioned to him that the seminar presentation content was very similar with what he was learning from The Great Controversy.

Larry and Vicky came and attended presentation after presentation. During the message about the Seventh-day Sabbath and Baptism they both decided to follow Jesus all the way, embracing all the Bible teachings they were learning . They were even more delighted to learn that Ellen G. White who wrote the book they had been reading, was chosen by God to receive the spirit of prophecy gift to guide and bless God’s remnant church-the very same church they would be joining.

Larry and Vicky, with 7 more individuals, were baptized on November 25,2017. They are excited, not just to learn about the Bible teachings they now have, but also to share them with others as God provides the opportunities.

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Changed Lives – Relation Based Evangelism

by Steve Rogers, Pastor of the Weippe Seventh-day Adventist Church

My wife and I team taught a full message relation-based series in Weippe, Idaho. In a community of 400, we had a total of 7 visitors attend the meetings. 5 of the visitors have attended church and one of them (Shirley) has requested to join our church. Shirley is still struggling with an addiction and knows she needs to quit. We believe that she will have the victory and join in the new year.

Jack was a part of our pre-work. He requested Bible studies as a result of our mailing, but never attended the meetings. A church elder has since been giving him Bible studies and Jack attended church declaring that he believes in the Sabbath, PRAISE THE LORD! We look forward to what God will do in his life.

Tressa, Mollie and David are three other individuals that attended the meetings and have expressed interest in, or are taking, Bible studies. Tressa and David both came from personal invitations and Mollie from the mailing. There are also two other ladies who responded to the mailing and have taken the first lesson, of which follow-up is in progress. One of these ladies for sure would like to study, and the status of the other we will find out when we visit next.

Our follow-up goal is to continue working with these interests and to help them make decisions that will lead to Christ and to baptism. We are trying hard to grow our little church in Weippe, Idaho.

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Soul Winning – My Bucket List

Given 18 months to live, Bob Stuart decided to bring one person to church every month. Imagine how quickly the Adventist Church would grow if each of the church’s 20 million members brought in just one person a year. Read More

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Changed Lives – Future of Freedom

by Dave Crockett, Pastor of the Lewiston Seventh-day Adventist Church

Audrey was our first baptism, followed by 5 more and others planned for the future. Audrey’s journey to her baptism was a long one! She has been a member of many different churches here in our valley, but not finding what she really needed along the way. As a caregiver, a couple of years ago she began to take care of the mother of one of our church members. This meant that she had regular interactions with the woman’s family who are active here in the Lewiston Church.

The woman she was taking care of passed away, and her job ended. However she had seen something in the lady’s family that was different and she wanted to know more. One thing led to another, and she ended up in our church one Sabbath. Of course our church welcomed her (they’re very good at that!) and she came again the next week and the next, until it became a regular habit. Bible studies ensued, she came to the meetings and came under the conviction she needed to be re-baptized. We are praising the Lord for her decision and there’s more to come!

We are following up with a class on Sabbath mornings lead by our Bible Worker/Outreach Coordinator, Slavik. He is a tireless worker who loves Jesus and people! He did all the visiting along with his other duties during the series. Our plan to once again have a six month cycle of outreach is starting in September, and we look forward to more stories like Audrey’s!

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Changed Lives – Profound Meaning

by Sergei Kuzmin, Pastor of Russian-Ukrainian Seventh-day Adventist Church

Not a lot of Russian speaking people, who live around our Church area, know about the Revelation prophesies. At the same time our own youngsters have a limited knowledge about the last time events before The Second Coming of Jesus.

The Revelation Series we provided attracted some people from Baptist and Pentecostal Churches and became a first step for them to get go know the Biblical truth in the context of Revelation and Book of Daniel’s prophesies.

After the series, 7 young people were baptized. Vasily was one of them. He told his story about how Jesus revealed the Biblical truth to him. His life was not satisfying for him and he wanted to be better. He tried by using his own power, but all was in vain. He started to pray and to read the Bible, then suddenly he notice he was getting better and better, and it was happening not just by chance, but by the power of Jesus. He started to pray more and to read the Bible more and each day more good results were happening.

He said: “my heart was full of happiness because of the love Christ gave. I made the decision to live for Jesus. That decision really impacted me because before, I was somewhat selfish and made choices I regret. But I wasn’t baptized and was thinking that it was sufficient just to be a good Christian. But when I started to go to the “Unhidden Mysteries of Revelation” seminar, I was able to get to know the profound meaning of Revelation, especially the last time events which are going to come. I began to realize that we are living in the last days, and there is not much time to delay with baptism. After baptism Jesus helped me to make better choices and live my life for Him, not for me. I pray often to God and read my Bible more.”

His mother is not a Church member. She was attending the seminar along with her son. When she watched Vasily’s baptism, she was so thankful to the Lord, who gave wisdom to her son to make the decision to follow Jesus. They prayed and had serious conversations in their family. Vasily asked her about his decision, and all his family were very happy about it.

When I asked Vasily’s mother about what kind of impact she received after her son’s baptism she replied: “I am thinking over the decision to be baptized soon.”

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Changed Lives – Baptizing Joanne

by Kim Berg, Pastor of the Highline Seventh-day Adventist Church

The people that have attended the revelation seminars over the last several years have been searching for a deeper understanding of the Bible. They seem to be trying to understand their purpose in the grand scheme of things. They have not been satisfied with a superficial answer to the state of things apart from their involvement. They seem to sense that they are involved at a more personal level. Joanne was one of those people who came with a desire to see what it was all about and she wanted to know how she fit in.

She attended almost every night. She is a caregiver and was not always able to get to the meetings. She always let me know when she would not be able to come and she put in her order for the handouts and presentation notes for each night. She began studying with one of the members of the church. She would not move on to the next topic until she understood the current subject to her satisfaction. She didn’t accept anyone’s word for it. She wanted to see it for herself in the Bible. She was on a mission.

She continued to study for the next three months. There were times I wasn’t sure how things would turn out. The discussions at those studies could become quite animated when she struggled to put the meaning of the Bible texts in a language that made sense to her.

She persevered and one day came to me and said she would be ready to be baptized. She was sure it was time. I wasn’t sure how clearly she might understand. We sat down for what I thought would be the first of several meetings. In less than an hour, she clearly demonstrated that she understood what had been presented at the meetings and in the Bible studies. She comes to church every Sabbath and looks forward to fellowship and sharing her faith with others.

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Changed Lives – Omar

by Hugo Villalobos , Pastor of the Hermiston Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church

One of our church members began his career as an entrepreneur a few years ago. One of his job descriptions consists of coaching and mentoring members in his business. Last winter we had an international coach come and teach the Hispanic community financial management skills. This was a total success. We had over 40 guests that signed up for follow up Bible studies. Our entrepreneur brother invited a big group from his business.

One of them was Omar, a young man from a small town about 30 minutes away from our church. He didn’t miss a night. He was eager to start his journey knowing more about the God who is the owner of all the riches in the world. We began to study with him using a Bible study packet called “truthlink“. After we finished our first lesson we decided to continue studying on a weekly basis. He called me the next week saying, “Pastor I’m already half way through the packet!” Without a doubt we had seen that the seed of the gospel had fallen onto good soil. He has been attending Sabbath school classes, church programs, outreach events, ever since.

We have just concluded a series on the book “A purpose Driven Life”. We have prayed for 40 days for a big harvest in our church. Our whole church has also prayed for Omar. At the end of this month Omar will be getting baptized with other friends that have accepted Jesus.

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Changed Lives – Baptism in Frigid Waters

by John Rengifo, pastor Shady Point Seventh-day Adventist Church

Mike asked if he could be baptized in the nearby Rogue River. Though I expected the temperatures to be cold on that November 5th day and knew the temperature of the river would be frigid, I told him we would be happy to do it!

Mike was baptized at the conclusion of the Unlock Revelation Seminar held at the Shady Point Church Fellowship Hall in front of his new church family and soon-to-be fiancé on Sabbath afternoon, November 5. It was a joyous day. Many members had come to know Mike when he began attending church sometime in the summer. He had a secular upbringing and no real spiritual influence until he moved to Oregon from Illinois. Working and living on his own, he met Genesis, who later would become his girlfriend. She began to share her faith with him and sparked his interest in the Bible. Mike began to study the Bible and attend church. He began taking Bible studies and said that the things he was learning was making sense.

He reached a point of searching the prophecies of Scripture, particularly the books of Daniel and Revelation. When we announced the upcoming Unlock Revelation Seminar to be held at our church, Mike expressed a desire to come and come he did. In the midst of the series, Mike’s confidence grew in the Word of God and was intrigued by the congruency of history and Bible prophecy. He made his decision to follow Jesus and be baptized. At that point, his girlfriend, Genesis, was back from Andrews University where she graduated from the School of Aviation. She attended about 10 nights of the meetings with him, and was there when we announced his baptism.

On the last day of the meetings, a Sabbath morning, the whole church was invited to join in celebrating Mike’s new life in Christ. There was nothing exuberant he’ll claim about his conversion. He was simply a young man who opened the door of his heart to examine the Bible and came to discover a loving God who created him and has a plan for his life. Mike has found a place in the church today as he helps with the audio system at church—something he began doing even while attending the Unlock Revelation Series.

We believe God is raising up young people, pulling them from all backgrounds and revealing Himself to them and preparing them to take the gospel message to the world.

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Changed Lives – Faithful in Sharing Jesus

by Nicholas Jones, Pastor of the Sandy Seventh-day Adventist Church

Ten days before receiving the flier in the mail, Marcus had just started reading his Bible. He had finally hit rock bottom and was turning his life over to Jesus. Never before had he read the Bible, so he bought a ‘Read the Bible in a Year’ version. When his mother handed him the flier for the series “Questions I’d Like to Ask God” put on by the Sandy Seventh-day Adventist Church, he felt a strong sense that he should go.

After the first night he realized this church had what he was looking for and now he is currently studying, along with another attendee, toward baptism.

The Sandy Seventh-day Adventist Church completed an evangelistic series that consisted of 13 presentations dedicated to different questions people ask God and two follow-up meetings which delved more into health and the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

We wanted to try a different approach than the traditional Daniel and Revelation seminar,” said Nick Jones, pastor of the Sandy Church. Each meeting consisted of a presentation of 25-30 minutes and small group discussion for 15 minutes afterward. Church members and guests alike enjoyed the opportunity to create friendships and discuss the challenging questions each evening.

Child evangelism was available each evening as the church wanted the children who attended to be exposed to the same topic their parents were discussing each evening. Amy Quinn and Melissa Leslie coordinated a program with crafts, activities, and songs based upon the presentations which Pastor Nick provided.

Each guest had an opportunity to receive a complimentary copy of several books. For attending any three meetings, a guest would receive Steps to Christ. After attending any five meetings, a guest would receive The Desire of Ages. When attending any ten meetings The Andrews Study Bible was given.

When Marcus received his Bible, the joy on his face was contagious. He finally had a Bible of his own and could look up texts studied each evening. Seeing his joy upon receiving the Bible was a reminder to all involved of the importance of evangelism and the reason we are faithful in sharing Jesus.

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