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One Hundred Souls for the Kingdom


Published: 31-07-2020 |


If heaven rejoices when just one sinner repents, can you imagine the joy when 100 precious persons answer God's call?

The year 2020 has provided many challenges; not the least of which is the COVID-19 global health crisis. Yet, somehow God has offered many teaching tools that have proven to strengthen our faith and resiliency. We have learned the value of family togetherness, unity of the faith, and all that really matters in the grand scheme.

One of the principal features of the Church in Central Jamaica is evangelism. If you have been tracking with us, you know we have been conducting an ongoing series of online evangelistic meetings called Fires of Hope, from the headquarters. Many precious souls have given their hearts to God.

Our local church Pastors have been engaging their members through creative means, taking traditional pastoral care to the next level; even into the tech age while continuing to address their felt needs. One such Pastor from the Maranatha District of Churches, Dr Michael Harvey, has had the honour of, not only pastoring successfully in unprecedented times but also baptising 100 persons into the body of Christ this year; and the year is not even over. Yes, Dr Harvey is what we call, a Centurion (someone who has baptised 100 persons, or more, within one year). God is good! It is a tremendous blessing to know that so many persons are not willing to settle for less in 2020. They are giving all to God, to be engaged in active service as the Lord gives strength.

In light of this milestone, we asked Dr Harvey three simple, yet critical questions. Here are his responses:

1.) What was different about winning souls during the COVID-19 health crisis, if anything?

"Strategies for winning souls during COVID-19: Zoning of the areas for witnessing and ministering to felt needs by Pastor, Elders, Officers and other Members assigned to visit those who were not able to come out based on the protocols established by the government, leaders of the Union and Conference. They were distributing care packages, filling prescriptions, praying and encouraging the people, including community members who were not believers but needed assistance."

Continuing, Dr Harvey said, "We added online services such as:

  • Health Corner with health professionals providing lectures and presentations on health care, proper nutrition and proper hygiene on Monday evenings
  • Values Education and Youth Issues Forum on Tuesday evenings
  • Children's Praise on Thursday evenings
  • Sabbath, Sunday, and Wednesday Services
  • Fires of Hope Virtual Evangelistic Series

"Through these interventions and services, we are witnessing and reaching the people".

2.) Did people in the communities you serve seem more eager to yield to God than usual?

There was heightened interest demonstrated by community members for the gospel based on our visibility and care before and during COVID-19, so when the protocols eased, and we could perform baptisms the folks were willing to surrender to Jesus and be baptised".

3.) What word of encouragement can you give as we all cope during this crisis?

"My word of encouragement as we [continue to] go through this pandemic is that we cherish our relationships, follow the health protocols, reach out to those in need, strengthen your relationship with God. Remember to love genuinely, care compassionately, and serve sincerely."

The President of the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (CJC), Pastor Levi Johnson, whose focus is mission and evangelism, shares his thoughts and commendations:  

The Bible says, "'Those who received the Word were baptised'. The Maranatha District, under the leadership of Dr Michael Harvey and all team members, have shared the Word and garnered 100 baptisms, to date. We commend you, Sir, and pray that the gospel will continue to run its course in the Maranatha District of Churches. Great work".

The future is bright with God as our Leader. Though trials will come, and storm winds will blow, as long as we continue to surrender to Him, His mission, through His people, will be a success. We thank God for His blessings.

Note: Look forward to a video interview with Dr Harvey very soon.

 



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