Breaking News!!!

SDA logoPRAISE THE LORD! The Minnesota Conference just reached the 9,000 membership mark – 9,010 at press time.

The Minnesota Northern Lights are getting brighter, and more colorful. We have the Caucasian lights, the Hispanic lights, the African lights, the Afro-American lights, the Russian lights, the Karen lights, the Korean lights; we can see here the entire spectrum of the colors of visible light. What a rainbow! Now in the Minnesota Conference, we can see the colors of God’s Kingdom. I believe that the conditions are just right, the events that were long foretold in Biblical prophecy are conspiring together and are beginning to be fulfilled before our own eyes, transforming individual members, churches and the whole Christian layout in this state. God is at work in the Minnesota Conference.

The churches all around the state are showing signs of growth. Yes, in some areas, the church is still struggling, but even there, we can see the signs of the hand of God at work. We are seeing people coming to Christ and joining the church.

A few years ago, the Minnesota Conference Administration, in keeping with the Conference mission statement “To help people realize they are accepted in Jesus Christ, and come to know, love, serve, and share Him” as well as the vision statement “Recognizing that Jesus will return soon, we will all actively engage in ministry”, planned a major evangelistic thrust – riding the waves that God has already created in this state. Shawn Boonstra and the Voice of Prophecy evangelistic team was invited to run evangelistic meetings in the Twin Cities. The Conference is projecting up to about 1,000 baptisms by the end 2015.

Now don’t panic on account of the goal of the huge number, because a dear lady once wrote: “We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and his teaching in our past history.” Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, October 12, 1905. The Lord himself said “So pray to the Lord of the harvest to force out and thrust laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:38 AMP) This growth that we have seen in recent months can be repeated over and over again; we should pray that every one of our 9,000 members becomes a disciple and engages in every disciple making activity possible. Pray that where there is only one disciple today there should be 100 disciples.

I am encouraged – we should all be encouraged by what God is doing in Minnesota Conference.

Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration

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Voice Mail July 5, 2014 – Justin Lyons, Minnesota Conference President

Justin 20120221Cropped“Hello! This is Justin Lyons, President of the Minnesota Conference of Seventh day Adventists, greetings to my brothers and sisters attending the Twin Cities African camp meeting. Because I am serving this week (June 29 – July 5) in an emergency capacity as pastor of the Junior Camp at North Star Camp, I am unable to be physically present at the African camp meeting. Also, our Vice President for Finance is out of town and unable to be present. However I want you to know that you and the camp meeting are in my prayers.

IMG_0753I understand that you are being refreshed by excellent speakers who have been presenting the Word of God. I hear that the youth are involved with community outreach ministry. It is my hope that your hearts will be strengthened in this camp meeting. I am very happy that the Minnesota Conference has been able to give some support to this great spiritual endeavor. May God bless each one of you – Happy Sabbath.”

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PRE LIVING THE SECOND COMING

IMG_0467The Twin Cities African Campmeeting 2014 picked up on the old Advent theme – the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, using Revelation 1:7 as the theme verse and hymn 213 as the theme song. The coming of the Lord is a major theme in the Bible. The preacher for the adult service Dr Zvandasara, asked “If this is such an important issue to God and His people why is this theme not trending? Is it because most people do not believe Jesus Christ will return?”

IMG_0473As I was listening to the camp meeting speaker, I thought to myself, “If you really think about it, it seems those who believe that Jesus will come again are very few, considering the world population. We Christians are in the minority”. In Minnesota, the membership of the Seventh day Adventists church is only 8,972. Now think about it. Minneapolis is home to 382,578 people and Saint Paul has 285,068 people. The preacher challenged those who came to camp meeting by pointing them to the theme verse, “Look, he is coming with the clouds! Every eye will see him, including those who pierced him, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him. This is so. Amen.” (Revelation 1:7 CEB)

The Greek word translated “Look” probably means “attentively watching the process” The preacher said, “The writer here is saying that God wants us to experience this future event in the present, to ‘pre live’ the event, and be in the front seat. God wants us to have a handle on the event, to feel the emotion, to hear the sounds, sense the terror, see the glory and experience the joy! God wants us to know for sure that Christ’s coming is certain, so when it happens we will be able to ‘. . . say on that day, Look! This is our God, for whom we have waited— and he has saved us! . . . Let’s be glad and rejoice in his salvation!’” (Isaiah 25:9 CEB) IMG_0616Dr. Zvandasara reminded his hearers throughout this 2014 camp meeting that the Second Coming of Christ is imminent and irrevocable. It is a literal return; Christ will be accompanied by angels enveloped in clouds, the event will be a visible, public event, and everyone will see Christ. John says to us, “Behold” meaning that we are to be attentively watching the process; it is spectacular.

Throughout the Camp Meeting the preacher would ask the congregation, “What must we do to be on the right side of this event? If you have people on your mind, people that you really care about, then urge them to know Christ as Lord and Savior. Are there people you know in your community who don’t have a clue of what is going to happen to this world when Christ comes? Then tell them! IMG_0599We all have an opportunity to help people realize they are accepted in Jesus Christ, and they can come to know, love, serve, and share Him. We have an opportunity to help people to recognize that Jesus will return soon. Let’s all work to share the good news of the blessed hope. It is time you get involved. Christ Himself said He will come. That is a certain fact you can take anywhere.”

From this perspective, I think that if we really believe, if we can pre-live the event, feel the emotions, hear the sounds, see the glory of God and experience the joy of salvation, then we will be able to share the good news with a passion. You see, I have learned from my reading that the Jews believe that the Messiah is to come, so we have a link there to work with. The people of the Islamic faith believe that Christ will return so there we have a link to work with. The Hindu scriptures talk about Christ’s death, so there also we have a link. With that in mind let’s look at what God has already planted among the peoples and let’s follow what He is already doing and follow those footprints.

Dr Zvandasara continued to challenge the worshippers at camp meeting, “Don’t assume that the promise of Jesus’ return was simply an empty pledge; a crutch for the poor who need a pie in the sky. No, He will come! But between now and then, there will be tears shed, there will be wanderings, there will be separation; the separation of the sheep from the goats, the saint will inherent the Kingdom, the devil will be de·feat·ed, permanently.” Let’s therefore allow God to empower us with His energy to order our lives so that we are on God’s side.

Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration

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Twin Cities African Camp Meeting

What is Twin Cities African camp meeting?IMG_0711The African Adventists in the twin cities, eight – seven years ago discovered that there were very few people in the African community who were attending the Kansas City Central States Conference camp meeting or the Minnesota Conference Camp Meeting? The reasons given are too diverse and complicated to analyze in this article. The leadership at the time figured out that it would do the community good if they found a way of bringing camp meeting to where the people were. Thus a decision to have a gathering of the people in the twin cities, first by Faith Church International in the Central States Conference, and then Kenyan Community church in Minnesota Conference was reached. IMG_0586A decision was made later to combine resources and have the Twin Cities African camp meeting. This camp meeting is a religious convocation of the Seventh-day Adventist Churches in the a Twin Cities area, run by the following churches; Kenyan Community church, Mount of Blessings Church, Light of Christ Church, Faith Church International, Maranatha Church, and United Central church (a Central States Conference church). The camp meeting runs from Sunday to Sabbath. The Participants typically drive in every morning for the whole week to sit in day long meetings. IMG_0608These religious meetings provide leadership training, Bible studies, family life and health studies for people of all ages. IMG_0546There are programs and breakout sessions for teenagers, youth, young adultsIMG_0500, parents and the senior citizens. The Twin Cities African Camp meeting is open to all people. There are two worship IMG_0507services with praise songs and preaching every day throughout the week at 12 noon and at 7pm.

IMG_0533Camp Meeting, is a gathering for believers, who believe in the Lord Jesus. They come together as His Body. The founding goal for the Twin Cities African camp meeting was to provide a platform and an environment where the growth of the Body of Christ would be encouraged and promoted. This gathering time also was to allow the use of the gifts and talents that were present in the Body of Christ. It was felt by the founding leadership that God had blessed the African community with so much human resources, that if pulled together, the community would grow and prosper in the Lord and that the community would be encouraged to be faithful.

IMG_0660I can attest to the fact that they were right and the Lord has blessed their efforts. This year the gathering on July 5, 2014 brought together 1,568 men, women, girls and boys.

The collective understanding of the present leadership in the African Seventh day Adventist community is, “In the last seven – eight years we have learned how the body of Christ should function as one. We have seen the growth in church membership; we have seen several church plants. It is our desire to provide an environment of worship and fellowship to the Twin Cities community, first the African immigrate and then to all people.”

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Twin Cities African Camp Meeting Speakers

Who were the speakers at the Twin Cities African camp meeting this year 2014?IMG_0517

IMG_0703The African Twin Cities camp meeting speakers included Dr Nkosiyabo Zvandasara, a lecturer, author (over 10 books) and missionary and has pastored churches in Africa and North America (adult main speaker); IMG_0500Pastor Mackenzie Kambizi is the Senior Pastor, at Parkwood S.D.A Temple Toledo Ohio, Allegheny West Conference (youth speaker); IMG_0549Elder Gideon Mutero, Vice President of Finance for the Hope Channel at the General Conference of Seventh day Adventists who also served in various finance leadership roles in East Africa (presenter Leadership and stewardship); IMG_0547Pastor Steve Apola, who is a pastor in Mishawaka, South Bend First Seventh-day Adventist Church in Indiana (presenter Bible study); IMG_0608Dr. Caroline Nyairo, from California who specializes in Marriage & Family Therapy (presenter Family Life Education) and IMG_0497Pastor Simbarashe Charumbira, author of the book “The Gospel in the Lion King“, a parallel between Walt Disney’s The Lion King and the real “Lion King,” – the Lion of the tribe of Judah, who has overcome the world on our behalf. (Presenter Youth Family Life)

The speakers and workshops presenters centered their messages on the topic – “The Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how to live (or pre-live) in light of that event in the now, to be sure that when the event takes place you are on the right side of the event.

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