By Stan Beerman
Oregon Conference Ministerial and Evangelism Director
So what’s happening in Oregon for evangelistic outreach?
An example? Through the week of Feb. 17-24, the Hillsboro Spanish church, conducted Healing “07” a conceptually cutting edge evangelistic series in which they invited local community professionals to participate in their outreach Service options included free medical, dental, and chiropractic care. Seminars on gang and domestic violence conducted by the local police force, cholesterol checks, marriage counseling, and educational classes on natural foods were offered as well. Each day concluded with an evangelistic service in each of the three campus churches. 400-500 non-adventists participated in the event. 30 persons have been baptized as a result ! Elder Roger Hernandez, along with his pastoral staff and church family are naturally very excited about the outcome!
At present 45 other churches have conducted, or are planning to conduct, a series of meetings within the Oregon Conference.
Very high on the hearts of the administrative and ministerial team is the ongoing prayerful preparation for our 2008 series of meetings with It Is Written evangelist Shawn Boonstra. Scheduled to be held in the Portland Convention Center Feb. 1- March 1, the meetings are projected to attract an audience of around 2500.
On Feb. 24 IIW coordinator Joe Cirigliano, kicked off the first of four major rally weekends planned for area churches in the next six months. Aggressive seed sowing plans include training for small groups and Bible worker teams from the 45 participating multi-cultural churches in the Portland-Vancouver metro area.
“The Appearing” cottage meetings and Operation Andrew prayer teams will be going
into action in early January following inspirational Prayer Warriors weekends conducted
by Ron Halversen Sr. An archeology seminar and health exposition will round out the preparation phase.
Follow-up for the meetings will include additional rallies, Bible marking programs, and discipleship/evangelistic training classes.
The acquirement of the Portland Convention Center for the series is a miracle story