Pastors Baptize at the Top of the World
The Arctic Adventist Company in Utqiagvik (formerly known as Barrow), Alaska, held an evangelistic series that went by the name “Angels Seminar.” Evangelist Monte Church, a Native evangelist in the Adventist Church, traveled north of the Arctic Circle to the northernmost municipality in the United States to lead the meetings. It was a 15-night series that ran from March 23 to April 12, 2019 where the average temperature was a warm 14 degrees Fahrenheit.
Multiple people made decisions for baptism and kept the evangelist and local pastors Celesta and Zack Babb busy giving Bible studies. During church services on April 13, eight people were baptized because of attending the Angels Seminar. Four of those baptized were youth who decided they did not want the way of the world and wanted to follow the way of Jesus and make Him their Lord.
Many tears were shed and many smiles were seen on this beautiful Sabbath. The Arctic Adventist Company welcomed one more person through baptism in June. The Lord greatly blessed. There were multiple opportunities for outreach and good connections made with Native people from the community as well. It is exciting to see the things the Lord is bringing to pass in this small town of about 4,000 people in the far north of the United States.
Celesta Babb, Alaska Conference Arctic Adventist Company pastor, with Monte Church