Hungry in Body and Spirit

Pathfinder%20HeaderOn Saturday, November 29, 2014, the Alcion Pathfinder Club, along with four additional clubs spent two amazing hours talking, laughing, and singing but more importantly, helping to end hunger. Through the collaboration of area coordinators, club directors, supportive parents and a great organization like Feed My Starving Children, over 100 of our pathfinders and volunteer staff packed over 32,000 meals to feed hungry children in Somalia. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children, hungry in body and spirit, in over 70 countries around the world. Thanks to our combined efforts we were able to feed over 85 children for one whole year. Our Pathfinder Pledge teaches us to “be a servant of God and a friend to man”, and this was a very fun way to fellowship and show Jesus’ love to our community and the world.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40

Eli Cortes

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Youth Pack Gifts for Needy Children

Minnetonka Youth preparing boxes 3The Minnetonka Seventh-day Adventist Church youth used the Christmas season to share Jesus with children. On Nov. 8, 2014, about 25 members of the Youth Sabbath School Class packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child (OCC), a Christian organization that distributes age-appropriate gifts of small toys, school supplies, and personal care items to children in need around the world. Along with the gift distribution, OCC provides programs to teach children about Jesus in their native language.

Minnetonka Girl Youth 2In the weeks leading up Nov. 8, 2014, church members donated the needed shoebox items. During a Sabbath School class, the youth packed the appropriate combination of supplies for boys and girls in specified age ranges. In 40 minutes, 43 shoeboxes were assembled. Then the youth prayed together that the children who received the gifts would come to know Jesus.

Minnetonka Seventh-day Adventist Church has supported OCC for fifteen years and the youth have packed shoeboxes for the last three years. Youth Pastor Vanessa Pujic said, “The students had a wonderful time choosing items to fill each box, and many of them came back the following week asking if we could do it again.”

Michelle Lashier Rosas, Minnetonka SDA Communication Director

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New Evangelism Theme Brings New Results

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis fall, the Southview Seventh-day Adventist Church set out to host a different kind of evangelistic series. The purpose of evangelism is to invite people into the presence of the true character of God by revealing Him in His word, and invite them to follow Him. Traditionally, this is done through the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation. September 26 through October 4, 2014, Southview prayerfully embarked on a journey that took a different course that ended with the same goal. Rather than focusing primarily on doctrinal issues and Bible prophecy, Southview decided to focus their series on the character of God through the lens of the Everlasting Covenant. The church also decided that rather than sending out thousands of flyers to the community, they would spend time in prayer together, and hand deliver invitations to friends, family members, and others. The response was overwhelming. It had been years since Southview had hosted an evangelistic series in the sanctuary of the church, but each night nearly 200 people attended the meeting either in person, or via Livestream.

Pastor Dustin Hall nightly reminded those that attended the meetings, that the Everlasting Covenant is most simply defined as “God With Us”, and the message revealed in Scripture is that God has taken beautifully drastic measures to be sure this is fulfilled. Beginning with the foreknowledge that the plan of Salvation was before the foundation of the world, Pastor Hall revealed the heart of God as revealed in His desire to save mankind and restore His character within them. Topics included “The Humanity & Divinity of Christ”, “The Creation”, “The Ten Commandments as an Extension of the Everlasting Covenant”, “Hell and the Garden of Gethsemane”, and much more. In the context of God’s Amazing Grace, each of the doctrinal issues that are normally covered in an evangelistic series were introduced, but within the greater context of the Plan of Redemption. The musicians of Southview church did an incredible job of working with the theme each night and weaving the musical word with the spoken word.

Praying around those being baptizedOn the last night of the meetings there was an altar call made. Over 30 people came forward to respond to the call for baptism. As of the Sabbath, Nov. 29, 2014, 22 new people of all ages will have been baptized or brought in via profession of faith. At least 10 others are preparing for baptism. Many long time members were left in tears as they had experienced the Character of God and the SDA message in a whole new and life changing way. God is answering the prayers of the Southview Church. In recent months attendance has grown by about 30%, and new people are coming to the church every week. The church is truly experiencing what Jesus promised when He said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me”- John 12:32.

Copies of the series can be ordered at southviewsda.org

Southview Members

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Send Me

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me. Isaiah 6:8

Karen Minnetonka trainingIn preparation for the Twin cities evangelism series with Shawn Boonstra beginning Feb. 27, 2015, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has been involve in massive preparation.

Part of that preparation has been in the training of laypeople in friendship evangelism using the “Lifting Up Jesus” lessons. Karen Lewis has trained over 100 men and women using her 16-week series and so far we have over 65 Bible studies going on, with some members having as many as 14 Bible studies!

One of the laypeople involved is Vicki. Vicki owns a house cleaning business and tells of her recent “divine” experience. She and her daughter were cleaning homes one day last week and she thought the day was going well when she pulled up to a home to clean that was a ‘move out’. She claims that she was ‘shocked’ when she realized that it was a full hour later than she anticipated.

As she went to get into the lock box she had, the owner open the door for her. Noticing she had been crying the owner said something about ‘having a bad day’.

As they began talking she volunteered that this was her parents home and that now with the death of her Dad, she had been sitting there for the last hour crying about the difficulty of the sale of this home which held so many precious memories for her.

She then said that one of her friends told her that it was good that the house was sold because “now the soul of her father would be free and not held to this house”.

Vicki stated that she was so glad she took the training class because she knew not to contradict this friend’s good intentioned remark, but to gently ask if the owner was a Christian. The owner replied that she did believe in God, to which Vicki said that because of Jesus we now all have hope for the future. It was at that point that she felt the Holy Spirit nudge her.

“I’m taking a mini-course on Theology and wondered if you would like to study the Bible?” The owner replied with a very interested, “yes”!

Vicki says she now knows why her appointment was a full hour later than she expected. God was preparing both parties for this divine appointment to occur.

In addition to the ‘Friendship Evangelism’ course, the Voice of Prophecy has sent out 310,000 Bible study request cards and to date over 1400 cards have come in. Many of the Bible studies are now enrolled in the Discover Bible School, but many are also engaged in personal Bible studies with our own church members. Please pray for these studies and also begin asking God who you should invite to the evangelism meetings beginning this spring. God can only bless as we all get involved in doing our part for His glory.

Karen Lewis, Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Bible worker trainer/Associate Pastor Stillwater SDA Church

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Excitement Builds as Volunteers Engage in Outreach

During the weekend of October 17-19, 2014, volunteers from the Twin Cities Metro Area churches gathered at The Edge Christian Worship Center in Brooklyn Park, MN for training sessions as part of the North American Division’s ongoing campaign to evangelize the major cities.

DSC_1781Shawn Boonstra and his team from the Voice of Prophecy (VOP) led out in training Bible Workers, Discover Bible School Directors, and Discover Bible School Record Keepers. Karen Lewis was on hand to train volunteers in the use of the “Lifting Up Jesus” Bible Studies, which is the instrument of choice for the Minnesota Conference. In the weeks preceding the training event, over 310,000 interest cards had been mailed out within the territory, and the first response cards to arrive were distributed to Bible Workers who began making contact with the respondents. Correspondence Schools were set up in the various churches for those respondents who prefer to study through the mail.

Over the next four weeks, volunteers met on Monday evenings at the Minneapolis First Church for prayer, encouragement, and Q&A sessions with members of the VOP team, Conference leaders and pastors. More cards were distributed as they came in, totaling over 1,300 so far. Not every person who sent in a card was still interested in studies by the time the first contact was made, but between personal studies and correspondence studies, several hundred Bible studies are in progress, with more added each week.

Some cards have come in from far outside the metro area, and have been sent to the closest church for attention. Cards have come in requesting studies in Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, and Oromo. Some of these have presented a challenge, of which the office staff has scrambled to address. In one case, we were able to connect a request with a trained Bible Worker who speaks fluent French. We also were able to find and download Russian Bible studies. In perhaps the most significant accomplishment, lay members from the St. Paul Eastside Church have begun translating lessons into the Hmong language because we could not find a faster way to meet the requests.

We are excited about the ongoing reports of baptisms from meetings being held in many of our metro churches, and about the upcoming meetings from Shawn Boonstra and Julio Chazaretta. We are also excited at the prospect of building up the work in some of the underserved parts of our Conference, and are actively making plans for the future. Just as importantly, we are excited that the training of volunteers is not for a one-time event, but for ongoing mission work in all of our churches.

Please pray for the churches, the volunteers, the meetings, and for the souls who are looking for a saving relationship with Jesus. Please consider how you can support those prayers, through volunteer action or financial support. Also, please remember to thank God for the blessings He is already bestowing on us by sending new disciples into our congregations. His Spirit is alive and well and moving across Minnesota!

Doug Inglish, Personal Ministries Director

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The Light Came On

lifting_up_jesus_bannerPathways Church is always an exciting, friendly place to worship. But nothing in the past prepared me for the surprise I received when I walked into church on Nov 22, 2014. As the pastor, I had been away for three Sabbaths in a row. I had been conducting evangelistic meetings in our sister church, the Minneapolis First. The beginning of my absence coincided with when we began to receive Bible study requests back from the mailing which Voice of Prophecy did. My members knew that I was solidly behind the program, but could not be there to encourage or organize anything myself. They took over and they received the blessing. On the Sabbath of the 22nd, I noticed that my Bible study coordinator and record keeper were going from person-to-person asking the members about the folks with whom they were studying. It was as if a bolt of heavenly electricity had come down and charged the church. It was an exciting Sabbath. I write this to emphasize the fact that this is totally one hundred percent the Lord’s doing, and not mine.

I remembered the story of the demoniacs in the area of the Gerasenes; they had never had any theological training. They had spent only a few moments in Jesus’ presence. But they knew what Jesus had done for them. And Jesus simply asked them to go home and share their testimonies.

We are told: “They could not instruct the people as the disciples who had been daily with Christ were able to do. But they bore in their own persons the evidence that Jesus was the Messiah. They could tell what they knew; what they themselves had seen, and heard, and felt of the power of Christ. This is what everyone can do whose heart has been touched by the grace of God.” (Desire of Ages, p. 340)

I saw what God did for Pathways when the members began to systematically, purposefully share Jesus. And I know that God wants to do the same thing for all of us as individuals, for all of us as a church, and all of us as a conference. Try it and see what God does for you.

Elder Sherman McCormick

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Our Father Which Art in Heaven

Our Father which art in Heaven…

Thus, began one of Maranatha Adventist Christian School’s sharing and caring opportunities with Maple Manor Care Center located just down the hill from the school. Students, residents, staff, and teachers have been blessed once a month when residents travel up the hill to Maranatha to share life stories, songs, Bible verses, poetry, and fun. Faces of young and old reflect the joy experienced.

Maranatha students bless and are blessed as they minister throughout the course of each month. Every Wednesday, the upper graders assist residents at the Manor with games and activities. Bingo is one of the favorites. Once a quarter, students perform songs, recite memory verses and poetry, then visit with residents at Maple Manor before imbibing in refreshments together. In addition, lower graders have been assigned the enjoyable task of creating seasonal crafts with residents which are later hung on doors to brighten up spirits and hallways.

Serving the Lord and sharing His love are truly vital components of Maranatha Adventist School’s curriculum.

Trudy Smith, Maranatha Adventist Christian School Teacher

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