Tim Riesenberger, a Seattle, Wash., physician, led Milo Adventist Academy's Fall Week of Prayer, building around the theme that everyone needs a heart transplant.
Sharing his own testimony of coming to experience God’s love, he wove in gripping stories from his emergency room experiences.
At the first meeting, 17 students responded to the call to give their hearts to Jesus.
A number of these students already had an experience with God that had been nurtured by committed Christian parents. Michelle Rice, from Gresham, Ore., had been assured by her mother that week of her own unconditional love. Hearing Riesenberger’s story of the intense and eternal love of God spurred Michelle to reach out to God again.
Brittney Benedict, from Wrangall, Alaska, felt a renewed and deepening awareness of God’s love.
During the church service on Sabbath morning, those 17 students shared their testimony, resulting in 30 more students coming forward to commit their lives to Jesus. Savannah Sexton, from St. Helens, Wash., who was raised in the church, realized during this Week of Prayer that God wants HER.
Few eyes remained dry as students came forward and told of Christ’s work in their lives during a service that stretched to more than three hours. The results of the efforts of homes, churches and schools were demonstrated at MAA amidst much rejoicing.