Our Minnesota churches are taking very seriously Christ’s command to take the message of His love to everybody. With this in mind the conference leadership asked Elder Shawn Boonstra, from the Voice of Prophecy, to come to our state and hold a series of mega-meetings for the greater Metro-area. These will begin Friday evening, the 27th of February 2015 and conclude on Saturday evening, March 28, 2015. They will continue every evening, except for Mondays and Thursdays.
Preparation has begun on several fronts. First, the conference has hired Karen Lewis, the author of the “Lifting Up Jesus” Bible studies to join our staff as a Bible worker and trainer. As of the present time, she estimates that she has trained about 120 lay-people, of whom 90 are actively involved in actually giving Bible studies.
Doug Inglish, along with our conference administrators have worked overtime trying to make arrangements for the place of our meetings. All of our meetings will be at the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis.
The Voice of Prophecy has given outstanding leadership and support for these meetings. They have come several times to meet with those who are leading the organizational and promotional thrusts. In addition, they have come several times to meet with, and encourage those who are leading out in the local churches. Supplies, which they are providing for the meetings, continue to arrive here at the office.
But here’s the best part, in my estimation. Churches outside of the Metro area are catching the fever and asking how they can be involved. We are investigating the possibility of live-streaming or providing DVDs of Shawn’s most recent series. These would be shown concurrently with Shawn’s meetings in Minneapolis. Several sites are planning to charter buses to make occasional visits to the Convention Center.
Altogether, this is shaping up to be the biggest evangelistic thrust in the history of our conference. Here in the office we are praying for a membership of 10,000 by the end of 2015. We presently have a membership of 9,118. Can God do this for his Minnesota church? Of course!! Will He do it? That answer depends upon the extent of our cooperation with Him
As we look back at 2014 and forward to 2015 we can only say: “To God be the glory, great things He hath done.” Our best days are ahead of us!
Elder Sherman McCormick
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