Sitka Church Reaches Out to the Community
Many months before October 2010 plans had been laid for an evangelistic outreach to the city of Sitka, Alaska's fifth-largest city. Believing in reaching out to the city, the Sitka Church did several activities prior to the meetings.
The Sitka Church hosted a gospel sing and people from many denominations attended the musical feast. God was glorified in song and praise and afterward there was a social in the fellowship hall.
The church also sponsored a marriage seminar weekend and invited the local community to attend, which several community members did.
Sitka Church then advertised a gospel concert which was attended by more members of the community.
October came with great anticipation of the evangelistic thrust the city was going to receive. The fliers about the meetings were passed out for church members to give to friends and family. The entire city received a mass mailing about the upcoming event.
Richard Halversen, accompanied by his wife, Mary, was the guest evangelist. Night after night he presented the precious truths about God and His end-time message. Many souls heard those messages and asked questions about what they were hearing. Some even commented they had never heard these messages in other churches.
It is quite clear there are many seeking for truth in these last days, looking for meaning in a world that is falling apart. There are people searching for this message and we as a church must lift high the Adventist message to our communities.
Through their outreach and evangelistic series, the Sitka Church received five new people into membership.
As God's people, we must keep spreading the Good News about Revelation 14:6, 7: "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, 'Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.'"
Many seeds have been planted; the cycle of evangelism must be shared with all God's children.