The Revelation Speaks Peace seminar, with speaker Shawn Boonstra, began on Friday evening, February 27, 2015 when Minnesota Conference President Justin Lyons welcomed an opening night attendance of approximately 1700 people to the Minneapolis Convention Center. Remotely, audiences of various sizes received live streaming transmissions in Bemidji, Faribault, Park Rapids, Thief River Falls, Arlington, Buffalo, Detroit Lakes, Pipestone, and Windom.
Onstage three large screens projected images, each with a different language for the text. The central screen was in English, with the side screens in Spanish and Russian, respectively. In a service hallway outside the main ballroom, sound booths were set up so than people in the audience could listen through headphones to the message simultaneously translated into Spanish, Russian, Hmong, Korean, Oromo, or Somali.
Through the first weekend, audiences were treated to the outstanding musical praise of Janet Blomberg on the keyboard, and to the thrilling vocal praises of Charles Haugabrooks and Christine Wollman. The Biblical messages presented by Shawn Boonstra were powerful. Already our volunteer staff have reported enthusiastic reactions from guests with whom they are getting acquainted. Many of the paid professionals from the community who are providing security, translations, or audio/visual expertise are paying close attention, and expressing their eagerness to hear the rest of the series.
The early reports indicate that nearly 138 people have signed up for the Bible Schools which will be part of the follow up to the meetings. That number is expected to grow as the series continues. Sales of related materials, such as books, musical CD’s, and advance sales of the series on DVD, are moving along as well.
Please continue to pray for the series as it progresses. The Metro area pastors are organizing to make contact with interested attendees, churches are preparing various programs to follow the meetings, and friendships need to be forged. Your support in all ways is appreciated, and God bless you for your faithfulness.
Doug Inglish, Personal Ministries Director
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