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by Cristian Bobocea, Pastor of the Shelton Seventh-day Adventist Church
It’s been more than two years since we last had a public evangelistic series in our church.
We have two major ministries that we support, a school and a daycare, and for a rather small church membership, this is a large undertaking putting a strain on both human and financial resources. However, the church board members decided to step out in faith and invest in a Bible Prophecy seminar. And praise the Lord, He answers the prayers of the faithful ones! At the end of the meetings, five new members have been added to the church family!
Since the beginning, when thousands of the advertising brochures were sent in the mail boxes, one could perceive that the evil one doesn’t want this kind of thing to happen. Even though we contracted to cover the whole area in a mass mailing, not all neighborhoods in town received the pamphlet. It remains a mystery how and why this has happened, but we trust God that those who have been overlooked now, He will reach them later, in other ways.
Before the meetings started and all through the time they lasted, a group of faithful members had been praying. The Lord blessed their efforts with a good group of non-members consistently coming to the meetings. The Spirit filled Bible prophecies impressed their hearts and minds. Many had questions and were interested in knowing more. A couple of them are still coming to our church meetings, both on Sabbath and during the week.
The Bible prophecy series culminated with a beautiful baptism ceremony, on the last Sabbath. Four people that attended the meetings decided to renew their lives making a new covenant with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. A fifth person, previously baptized in an evangelical church, joined the Adventist church through profession of faith. Looking at the way He works in our lives, we praise the Lord for His never ending mercies and blessings that He pours upon His people who follow Him in faith!
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In Cashmere, WA the English and Spanish Churches are working together for the community. For the last three years, church members have offered the Hispanic community free English classes. There has been an average of 60 attending. As a result of this community service, several people have taken an interest in the church so in April, the Spanish Group held two evangelistic meetings, one for adults and one for children. As a result, 3 people were baptized, one of whom came as a result of the English Class.
Our Lord says, “…no one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62) The Spanish Group of Cashmere understands this statement. We want to work for people, regardless of race or language. Please pray for this little group to soon become a company and finally, a Church.
On March 20, a total of 37 missionaries (including 9 students from Portland Adventist Academy and Upper Columbia Academy as well as 12 SOULS NW students) arrived in Tarapoto, Peru to preach the gospel in 22 different churches. Communication has been difficult there, but Jason Worf, Director of SOULS NW, has been faithful in posting stories daily to his blog. Read about the wonderful, life changing things that are happening right now in Peru by clicking here.
Northwest Mission Institute is expanding its training program to two years, up from its original six month program, and has changed its name to SOULS Northwest. The new two-year program will include certificates in Literature Ministries Leadership and Outreach Evangelism Leadership. Currently, SOULS Northwest is a partner with Walla Walla University, and offers several classes that are accredited through the university. This expansion will maintain that partnership.
Extending the training program makes it possible for SOULS Northwest to train students who will work with the Literature Ministries departments of the North Pacific Union conferences as leaders for their Youth Rush summer literature evangelism programs. The expansion will also bolster SOULS Northwest’s ability to recruit younger students—specifically high school graduates—and train them to be proficient in outreach evangelism leadership.
Although SOULS Northwest is extending its training to two years, its shorter, six-month program will still be offered for Continue Reading…
by Owen Bandy, Pastor of Post Falls Idaho Seventh-day Adventist Church
In 2012, with the arrival of our new Bible Worker, Chuck Stillwell, we set to the task of making plans for our outreach efforts. Among other things, like doing door to door work, we started with a NEWSTART booth at the fair. At that fair booth we contacted many people and gave out a lot of information about our church and it’s ministries. We collected the names of over thirty people who wanted to bring their children to an event we were calling Cowboys for Little Angels, where they could have a free horse ride, get some good food, hear some great country gospel music as well as have a family picture taken. All for free.
This was followed up with a 15 night evangelistic service which was held by myself as the pastor. We had purchased a billboard for thirty days out along Interstate 90 to advertise the meetings. We did a mail out to cover the whole of the Post Falls zip code area. We also did a lot of door to door work of handing out brochures. Our Bible Worker was crucial in spearheading all of this effort. Opening night we had our largest attendance of non members ever at just under thirty. We have had about seven individuals who have kept very consistent in their attendance with one couple even attending their first Sabbath service last Sabbath. We expect at least two others to be attending very soon.
During the time between July 15 – August 22, 2012 I presented a series of meetings titled: “One Week With God” During that time I presented at least 15 meetings covering the basic beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Our goal was to reach out to the friends of our members and present messages that would enable them to become members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The topics were tied to relevant current events and focused on having a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ, and preparing for His soon coming. We have had a total of 5 visitors attend. Two have already been baptized, one is committed to baptism, and another has requested preparation for baptism. So, four out of the five in attendance have been, or are soon to be baptized.
People seem to appreciate the format of having more than one topic presented each evening in shorter segments. The meetings are fast paced, but yet thorough. I am looking forward to giving it a try again in the near future. I believe that if we advertised more in advance of our meetings we would have had better participation from our members.Kevin Wilfley, Pastor Spokane Linwood Seventh-day Adventist Church
Last Summer when I arrived at my new church district I was asked if I would be willing to do an evangelistic series in the fall, though I didn’t feel prepared because of the shortness of notice, I agreed. I knew it was the right thing to do. With an active Bible worker in our church, there were quite a few possible interests for the meetings.
The elders and the outreach leadership team immediately began planning. We developed a mail-out and made arrangements to have them delivered to 15,000 homes in the area. I began putting together my fifteen night series wanting to present everything in the context of the war between Christ and Satan. We called it War Talk.
On opening night we were happy to find about fifteen people or more attending, who were not members of our church. Most of them were from the Bible Worker contacts just a few were from the mail out. This just affirmed what has always been my experience and that is that soul winning takes personal contact of church members with non members. In this case it was our Bible Worker and the members that had been helping him with Bible studies.
As the meetings continued people continued to come and even the attendance of our members was impressive. I was very pleased to see church members talking to people and showing a genuine interest in them, drawing them into the fellowship.
As with any series there were people who started and dropped out. Some came in the middle for a few meetings then disappeared. Some attended right on through. At the end of the meetings we planned to turn our weekly prayer meeting into a continuation of our series and just moved right ahead sharing our distinctive beliefs as they are in Jesus. We are sure that there will be some who take their stand for present truth as it is in Jesus for this time.Owen J. Bandy, Pastor – Post Falls SDA Church www.glorioustruth.com
The ONE Project Conference will be held Feb. 13 and 14, at the Westin Seattle Hotel. This event, sponsored by the Center for Youth Evangelism, will include youth and young adult leaders from around North America. The first-ever Church of Refuge summit will follow the ONE Project event on Feb. 15 at the same location.
Read more from the Center for Youth Evangelism website HERE. A short video HERE about why young adults leave the Christian church explains one important reason why the One Project Conference is long overdue within the Adventist Church.