by Barry Kimbrough, Pastor of the Brookings Seventh-day Adventist Church
Brookings, Oregon is the site of the only World War II bombing on American soil. On September 9, 1942 a small Japanese floatplane—transported in a submarine from Japan to a spot 20 miles offshore from Crescent City and then assembled on the deck—flew to the mainland and dropped a 170-lb. thermite bomb in the forest near Brookings. Imperial Navy Pilot, Nobuo Fujita, thought he had scored by starting massive fires that would distract the American military from the Pacific Theater.
The bomb exploded, but wet conditions put the fire out. Total damage was a small crater and some burned trees, however it was soon overgrown and forgotten.
This event is an example of the power of God’s creation. Seeds are small and seem to be much weaker than any bomb; but nourished by rain and nutrients from the soil, they grew and overcame the damage done by war’s destructive force.
The seed of the Word of God can also overcome the damage of sin in our lives. Over the past year, a miracle of spiritual renewal through the power of the Scripture was implanted in lives of interested seekers.
The evangelism season commenced even before I arrived in the district. Brookings church decided to host the Voice of Prophecy “The Appearing” series, October 11-15, 2019, which attracted many attendees. Local Sabbath School teacher, Bob Biegel, led the Bible study portion of the meetings.
Three weeks after I arrived, I began a series of weekly prophecy lectures, ‘Ancient Discoveries in Revelation,’ that were hosted on Wednesday nights at the church, beginning November 7, 2018. The meetings continued through April 17, 2019.
Church members invited friends. Advertising was by personal invitations, and a large sign posted outside the church.
The meetings were simple and direct with Bible study as the main feature. Several responded to the calls for decision.
Four new believers were baptized on Sabbath, December 21, 2019. Marian grew up in a Christian home, but lost interest in church as she went out on her own. Later she tried different churches. None seemed to keep her interest. A few years ago she attended an evangelistic program, Christianity and Islam, hosted at Brookings church. She continued to attend services. She made her decision for baptism during the prophecy series last year. “The Adventist emphasis on Bible studies drew me in,” she said.
Megan’s grandmother invited her to church when she was a teen. Over the years she attended and her spiritual interest grew as a result of the worship services and her view of the faith of her grandmother. As the prophecy series came to a close, Megan made her decision for baptism.
Marilu has believed in Jesus for most of her life, although she never had a church home. Mostly she discovered spiritual truths by watching Trinity Broadcasting Network. As she listened to the Seventh-day Adventist speakers on TBN, her interest in deeper Bible study of last day truths grew. Soon she discovered Three Angel’s Broadcasting Network and began watching the messages. Entirely as a result of this TV ministry, she decided to become a Seventh-day Adventist even before she met one church member. She found a city bus that took her to Brooking church and she announced to the greeters at the door that she wanted to be baptized. Pastor Kimbrough reviewed the Bible teachings with her for several weeks before her baptism.
Kristofer is seven and he has raised his hand at every baptism for the past few years, wanting to be baptized himself. Because he was so young, he was encouraged to learn about the Bible and salvation from family worships and Bible studies with his parents. When he heard that a baptism was coming up, he asked to be included. He is excited about being a follower of Jesus.
The cross is still mightier than the bombs of the devil. May the seed of the Word of God continue to grow in the lives of all who are seeking Him.