The Maranatha Seventh Adventist Church conducted a two-week evangelistic campaign from August 18 – 30, 2014. The venue was held at St. Lous Park, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.
The theme of this campaign was entitled “Preparation for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ”. The theme verse was Revelation 22:12 “Behold, I am coming soon! My rewards is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done”
The guest speaker was Dr. Ernest Nyakina Motaroki from South Kenyan Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kenya. He was assisted by two other speakers; Ev. Riche, who preached on the aspect of prophesy in the first week, and in the second week, Pr. Brian Mugandi the Vice president Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, who emphasized on faithfulness in our stewardship relationship to God.
Throughout the two weeks, the guest speaker stressed on the mission statement of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as revealed in Revelation 14:6-7, “Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth, in every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice; Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
The speaker contrasted the lukewarmness of the church members and their inactive involvement in God’s mission, as unbelief in the divine saving power of the gospel (John 3:16). In Romans 1:17 the Bible says “For in the gospel is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it written; the righteous will live by faith.” The speaker reiterated that the certainty of Jesus coming will be a reality in the last-day church when believers will accept the free gift of righteousness in Jesus Christ.
The host church Pastor, Pr. Nicodemus Nyagaka and his team of elders assisted the guest speaker in conducting house to house visitation. They visited both church members and non-church members in their respective homes. There were two sessions conducted, one at noon after the morning session of visitation, and another one in the evening after the afternoon visitation program. However, in the second week, we omitted the first session and emphasized more on house to house visitation.
There were an impressive number of attendants in the evangelistic campaign, both church members and non-church members. We managed to receive thirteen new church members at the end of the spiritual campaign; seven new members were received through baptism and six members took vows to accept the Adventist faith through profession of faith. At the closure of the spiritual campaign, church members observed that there was still need for more spiritual emphasis in their church, since this exercise was their first experience of its kind in a very long time.
In contemplation of the helplessness of the crowd who sought for him, Jesus likened them to sheep without a shepherd. Jesus said to his disciples, “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matt 9:37-38).
Pr. Nicodemus Nyagaka, Maranatha SDA Church
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