08/05/2017: The Blackout

The Blackout

A Sunday-keeping pastor prays for an electrical blackout to stop the Adventist meetings.

While resting in my home one evening, I heard what sounded like preaching coming from the other side of the village. Stepping outside, I called to my neighbor, “Why do I hear preaching? What religion is that?”

“The Seventh-day Adventists brought a preacher here,” he answered.

Returning inside, I listened to the pastor’s sermon in sulky silence. Why must the Seventh-day Adventists preach in my village? After all, I thought that the Church of Christ—where I was a pastor—was the only true religion. I started thinking about how to warn my members. I would read them Matthew 24:4, 11: “Take heed that no man deceive you. . . . Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”

A Sunday-keeping pastor prays for an electrical blackout to stop the Adventist meetings.

But before I had a chance to speak with my members, Pastor Temtem visited them in their homes. I told them not to listen to him; yet when I passed by the evening meetings, I saw my members attending. Even though I tried to avoid the meetings, I could hear them all over the town. I began to pray that the sound system would break or that we would have an evening blackout.

On the sixth night of the meetings, Pastor Temtem preached about the Ten Commandments. That evening, I thought God had heard me, because the power suddenly went out. Yet much to my chagrin, the preaching continued. The Adventists had brought a generator!

Because of the blackout, almost everyone who had been at home watching television made their way to the meeting and listened to the gospel. As I watched them go, I felt angry, worried and frightened.

At the end of the meeting, Pastor Temtem spoke about the Sabbath. I decided to go and ask him some questions. With patience in his eyes, he answered my objections from the Bible. The next morning, he visited me and we talked about the Seventh-day Adventist doctrines. He told me that I should pray for the Lord to guide me and help me understand the true message—and that is what I did. Sometimes I would be up at midnight praying and studying the verses Pastor Temtem had given me.

Before long, I began teaching about the Ten Commandments and the Sabbath in my Sunday School. I told my congregation that obeying the Lord is the best way to be part of the real church of Christ. After that, my co-minister told me I would not be allowed to teach at my church anymore, and that I would have to join the Seventh-day Adventist Church. I praise God that my family and some of my church members decided to transfer with me.

Prayer after Pastor Jerry’s baptism.

When Pastor Temtem visited again, we talked about building a church for the new congregation raised up by his meetings. With the help of another Seventh-day Adventist fellowship, we purchased a lot and put up a temporary bamboo structure covered by a tarp. Pastor Temtem appointed me to preside over this new congregation. Some people made fun of us for leaving a beautiful church to worship in the open air, but we remembered that Jesus blessed those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. Matthew 5:10.

This spring, Pastor Mike Bauler visited our village and for three nights he preached on the mark of the beast and other topics. His messages strengthened my beliefs. On Sabbath, March 11, 2017 my wife and I and several others were baptized.

This world is full of trouble and challenges, but with God’s help we can overcome. When Jesus comes again, we look forward to living in Heaven with Him!

AUTHOR

Jerry Mel

Brother Jerry pastored in the Church of Christ for 21 years before becoming a Seventh-day Adventist. He and his wife Minda have four children. To support them, Jerry drives a motorcycle taxi.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Pray for funds for a permanent church to be built for Jerry’s congregation.

Donate. To help churches like Jerry’s establish memorials for God in their villages, send your donation to Mission Projects International marked “Philippine Churches.” See page 31 (“Mission Focus”) for more details on this important project!

THANK YOU!

Because of your donations, Mission Projects International was able to help build a church last year in the town of Bauy-Bauy, which is in the same Philippine province as Jerry’s village. Thank you!


05/28/2016: Honduras Reports – More Than We Asked For

Honduras Reports – More Than We Asked For

by Elsa Willis

 

“Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto Him be glory.” Ephesians 3:20, 21.

We believe with all our hearts that Christ is soon to come, and that as God’s people, we should be watching and praying—and so our congregation has recently begun meeting an hour earlier every Sabbath to seek the Lord in supplication. We are asking for the outpouring of God’s Spirit and for opportunities to proclaim His truth for this time.

Our Father has heard our cries and given us more than we could have asked for. We now have more Bible study contacts than we ever had before! God is working in amazing ways.

Prophecy seminar in an evangelical church.

Last month Brother Hernando and Freddy, a recently baptized brother, went to minister in the village of San Manuel. As they waited at the bus stop on their way home, the Lord brought by a childhood friend of Freddy: Pastor Abel, an evangelical. Freddy introduced him to Brother Hernando and told Pastor Abel that Brother Hernando had recently conducted a prophecy seminar at our church.

“A prophecy seminar!” the pastor exclaimed. “We have been praying for someone to come to our church and teach us prophecy. Would you be willing to come?”

Brother Hernando was all too happy to agree, and soon plans had been laid for a 2-week seminar at the San Nicholas Evangelical Church. Although a bit nervous, we could hardly wait to see God’s amazing work unfold.

The first night of the series, we arrived at a full church. Sixty members, with notebooks and pencils, paid full attention to Brother Hernando’s presentation. Even Pastor Abel took notes.

Our whole church prayed for our brethren in the evangelical church. It was so exciting to see their interest and hear their questions. They clearly wanted to understand the Word! We started with Daniel 2, and although the information was new to these believers, they accepted it from the Bible.

The meetings ran from 7 pm to 8 pm, but sometimes we would not actually leave until almost ten. The people would surround Brother Hernando, asking questions and wanting to know more. When we studied Daniel 7 and the little horn power, Pastor Abel himself gave the answer as to whom it represented. As the truths of Daniel and Revelation unfolded, the people could see their fulfillment in the recent papal visit to the United States. God truly has many sheep that are not of this fold—and He is calling them.

On several occasions, Pastor Abel humbly came to the pulpit and admitted to his congregation that he had not known the real truth of the gospel, and that he had only taught them what he had received from other leaders. Now that they were learning new truths, he told them they needed to follow the Bible. He even expressed his desire for his fellow pastors and their churches to hear Brother Hernando’s seminar. He said, “If we are teaching our people error, then we need to become learned, and teach them the truth.” Do pray for Pastor Abel and his congregation to continue to study and follow the truth!

 

A Memorial for God

by Brother Gerbert

 

I still remember the first time I heard about a church being built on the mountain of Piedra Hancha. The Willises related how a group of young families had put their monies together to purchase some land. Before they were even baptized, these brethren had started digging and making their own adobe blocks for a church.

One Sunday morning a little over a year ago, my family went with the La Zona Church for the hour-long hike up the mountain, where we helped haul sand, rocks and other materials. Men, women and young children worked together harmoniously. Forming a line, we tossed rocks one to another to lay up materials for the foundation of the small house of prayer.

Moving a boulder.

This was the first of many special experiences with the brethren at Piedra Hancha. By the way, Piedra Hancha means “Wide Rock,” and we literally had to remove a 300-pound boulder from the building site. It took seven or eight men to push it out of the way!

After a few weeks, the foundation was laid and the walls began to go up. The rain slowed down the project, but our brothers persevered, working tirelessly many long days to keep the work going. As the days, weeks, and months rolled by, the walls were completed, the roof installed, and the concrete floor poured. We had to carry many, many shovelfuls of sand and bags of cement to the building site, but the Lord provided the strength, the funds and the laborers. We began in faith and continued in faith; and now that the building is nearly complete, by God’s grace we will finish it in faith.

Sometimes I ask myself if the Lord is calling us to build churches in these end times. Should we be investing time, energy and money in buildings? I get my answer every time I climb to Piedra Hancha to share a Sabbath sermon, and I see the young families with glowing faces singing and worshipping the Lord. I can’t help but rejoice with them, and I tell myself that those backaches were well worth it!

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Church walls being raised.

The hard work of hiking up that mountain, helping move the boulder, and hauling cement for the little church has taught me about the Christian walk. It is not an easy road. We encounter obstacles and often face discouragement when things don’t come out the way we planned. But as we put God first, last and always in our lives, He leads us and provides everything we need for this life and life everlasting.

I thank God with all my heart for the opportunity to work with the church family in La Zona and in Piedra Hancha. Many brethren, neighbors and even young children have given their time, energy and money for God’s work—but most importantly they have given their hearts.

Piedra Hancha congregation.

Now that the Lord’s house of worship is nearly complete, our brethren are holding regular services on Wednesday and Friday evenings and Sabbath mornings, with 25 to 30 people attending on Sabbath. What is needed for God’s memorial to be 100% complete? The church still needs doors and window bars, and the brethren want to build a small room for the children’s Sabbath School. Although we do need funds, above everything else we need your prayers. Pray that the Lord will guide us as we continue to labor for His Kingdom. Time is short, brethren. What we do, we must do quickly and without reserve.

 

“When an interest is aroused in any town or city, that interest should be followed up. The place should be thoroughly worked until a humble house of worship stands as a sign, a memorial of God’s Sabbath, a light amid the moral darkness. These memorials are to stand in many places as witnesses for the truth.” Testimonies, vol. 6, 100.

 

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06/13/2015: Taking a Stand

Taking a Stand

Philippines

 

We read in the Bible about people who took their stand on the side of truth and righteousness. There are those who loved truth more than life itself. The three Hebrews found it difficult to stand up to a tyrannical king who was determined to pitch them into a furnace of fire. They were able to say with confidence in the God whom they served, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image what you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18.

God is looking for people like this in His church today.

“The greatest want of this age is the want of men, –men who will not be bought or sold; men who are true and honest in their inmost souls; men who will not fear to call sin by its right name, and to condemn it, in themselves or in others; men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right, though the heavens fall.

To form such a character in the young, there is needed a different system of education from that generally adopted. Moral and religious training must receive more attention. We are educating our children for time and for eternity. Let us enter upon our work as though we realized its importance.” Signs of the Times, May 4, 1882.

I would like to share a remarkable story about a young lady with indomitable courage. I met Joylyn Lumbay during a recent visit to the Philippines. Joylyn lives in a little village situated in a valley surrounded by lush green peaks and fields of corn growing on the steep hillsides of the surrounding mountains. The village of Lamcade is in South Catabato, Mindanao, Philippines and is accessible only by a jeepney or motorcycle. It is a bustling little village mainly inhabited by farmers and merchants of small shops peddling their wares of clothing or produce. Many children come to meet the white man who has come to their village. The children scurry off, only to return with their homemade “bicycles”. These bicycles are constructed from scrap pieces of wood that they have collected from the log cutter out in the jungle. On the hillsides the children run to the top, mount their bicycles and away they go all the way to the bottom of the hill. They repeat this over and over again, some bicycles staying together, some falling apart.

Joylyn started coming to a prophecy seminar that Pastor Temtem was conducting in her village. When Pastor Temtem came to the sermon that Sabbath was on Saturday, she was deeply moved by his message. She had grown up going to the Catholic church every Sunday. Her father was a Roman Catholic and a number of years ago he broke away from the church and became a part of the Only Way Church. He later went to the Only Way pastoral seminary to become a pastor. This church teaches that you must belong to this church in order to be saved. They believe that everyone else will be lost in this world if they don’t become a part of this particular church. It is very cultish in nature, in that it uses these corrosive teachings and strong-arm tactics to gain and keep its converts in submission.

Young Joylyn grew up in her home believing these ideas because her father instilled, or rather, drove them into her mind. When she started coming to the seminar, she was walking on dangerous ground with her mother and father. Each night that she attended the seminar the conviction grew that the messages she was listening to were the truth. Every night the Holy Spirit was wrestling with her mind to attend the seminar regardless if her father opposed her going.

As the subjects of the Sabbath, mark of the beast, the judgment, and many others were presented by Pastor Temtem she was deeply moved that what she was listening to was the absolute truth. The night that the Sabbath was presented she was following along and looking up the texts in her father’s Bible that she brought every night of the seminar. She went home very troubled about the subject of the Sabbath. She decided that she would look up the texts again and make sure what she was hearing was right. After her study of the Sabbath message that night she decided to keep the Sabbath. The very next Sabbath day she attended the church service without her father’s permission. Shortly after keeping her first Sabbath she knew she must tell her father what she was doing. When her father found out he was very angry about her decision and threatened to not pay for her schooling if she continued attending the Seventh-day Adventist church. Despite her father’s resistance, she continued to attend the nightly meetings and Sabbath services.

Her next hurdle came the night that Pastor Temtem presented baptism. Temtem taught the crowds that came and listened that baptism is a sign of our ultimate commitment to Jesus. Joylyn listened attentively to the message but was very troubled in her mind as she thought about the consequences of following Christ all the way. Nevertheless, she knew if she didn’t make a decision to be baptized she really wasn’t following Christ.

When I arrived in the village I went right to work gathering the people who had made a decision to be baptized. When everyone was gathered together I started reviewing all the baptismal doctrines. I noticed a young lady who sat near the middle of the church who was nearly the first one every time to find the texts we were reviewing. I was very impressed with her knowledge of the Bible.

The next morning we were ready to proceed to the river where the baptism was to take place. Then this same young lady I saw the night before answering all the questions came to me crying. The pastor was with me and I asked the him what was wrong. He told me about her father’s threats to expel her from his house if she were to join the Seventh-day Adventist Church. I sat her down, and asked if she really wanted to be baptized. She responded, “Yes, I want to be baptized.” I said, “Do you realize that you may be forbidden to return home?” She said, “Yes.” “If you are banished from home would you still be baptized?” I asked. “Yes, I would still be baptized,” she responded. I then prayed that God would keep her faithful and to be courageous when she tells her father she has joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

When we arrived at the river I could tell that Joylyn was deep in thought about her situation. I was still wondering if she would proceed with the baptism or not. When I saw her go down into the water, I knew she was serious about following the Lord all the way. She went into the waters a very sad young lady but came out with a holy joy on her face.

That day she went home and told her father that she was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Her father was furious and said, “Get out of my home immediately.” She left her father’s house not knowing if she would return.

She is now living with one of the church members who decided to take her in. But her work has only begun. She has now convinced one of her older brothers about the Sabbath and he is now coming to church. She has also started Bible studies with another of her brothers whom she hopes will join the church someday. Please pray for Joylyn that she will continue to be faithful to the truth.

By Pastor Mike Bauler, Mission Projects International, PO Box 59656, Renton, WA 98058. E-mail: info@missionspro.org. Website: www.missionspro.org.


02/22/2014: Working While Waiting

Working While Waiting

Botswana

 

As our school project slowly but surely develops, God has given me plenty to do in the meantime. I have been very busy in Botswana’s conference churches. This is a miracle, because when I arrived last year, the pastors told me that because I was trained elsewhere, they couldn’t give me their pulpits.

I began giving Sabbath afternoon Bible studies in homes, and it so happened that one of the people visiting was a church elder. As he listened to the study, he was so glued to it that he arranged for me to do Sabbath opening vespers at his church. Gaborone Central Church is one of the largest churches in Botswana. It has such a large membership that they cannot accommodate all their members at one time into the church building. So they run two services. I presented the Spirit of Prophecy, teaching them the test of a true prophet, and all about Ellen White. The message was gladly received. Some came to me after the meetings and told me they thought so-and-so was a true prophet, but after the presentation it was now clear that he was not. Some also came weeks afterwards and requested materials on the topic.

Pastor Loago preaches the Word of God.

After several weeks went by, a group from the same church invited me to run a revival and reformation week of prayer. I agreed and presented the basics of righteousness by faith. There was a very positive response both from the church members and non-Adventists visitors alike. Among the visitors were two Evangelical ministers from two different churches. I got an opportunity to speak with one of them and he expressed his great appreciation of the message and even took notes of the sermons on righteousness by faith. Other visitors were secondary school teachers from a nearby school. They attended daily and wanted more. God was indeed working! Many were encouraged to overcome sin and gain complete victory over it. At the end of the week of prayer when I made an appeal for baptism, about three people came forward and wanted to be prepared for baptism.

I also received an invitation from “The Ark,” a conference preschool, to train the teachers on the principles and object of True Education. I conducted the presentations and gave them assignments, and it turned out very well. The teachers wanted handouts so they could study them on their own time.

Many people want the truth, but it is hard to find it here. One pastor I talked to recently told me that when he read the text in Amos that said there will be famine in the land, he never thought it had any application to the church in our time. But we see people so hungry for truth at an alarming rate here. I am currently very busy with personal Bible studies on Sabbath afternoons, weeks of prayer and even electronic Bible studies, where I answer many questions about the Bible. Many of these people learn about our school and want to be students there.

I also worked in South Africa, conducting a youth week of prayer at Mamelodi West, a church in Pretoria. The pastor there was initially reluctant when we started discussing the project. But the elders insisted until it finally happened. It was well attended, with over 50 people every day of the week and more than 200 on Sabbath. On Sabbath afternoon, I answered a lot of questions about health, the Bible, and end-time events.

During this week of prayer, two young sisters from a Sunday-keeping church attended. They were the daughters of that church’s minister. They came every day of that week and took notes from every meeting. They kept saying, “These things are so clear, and you make them simple and easy to understand.” One of them wants to start keeping the Sabbath. Please pray for her, as this is a tough decision.

Sunday minister taking down notes.

I recently spent a weekend at the University of Botswana running a mini-prophecy seminar, a pre-run for the big evangelistic series we want to conduct at this school. Due to poor advertising, the seminar was not as well attended as we expected. Nonetheless, many people came. More than 30 came the first night, and on Sabbath the numbers doubled. More and more showed up. I presented on the Sabbath, the change of the Sabbath, America in Bible prophecy, and Sunday laws, along with updates on current events. Non-Adventists came for every meeting. Although I thought I was going to chase them away with these testing truths, they stayed. Some of them did not even leave for lunch but waited for the afternoon program. One of the Adventist students who attended said, “The speaker makes things easier for us to understand. He really grounds us in Adventist teaching, giving us the reasons for our faith.” Many cannot wait for the main campaign coming later on at the University.

While busy doing all this evangelism, we have been distributing Last Generation magazines, and many people like them. The Adventists are reading them first before giving them away and they are a handy tool in evangelism. I have also met many young men who wanted to be trained as pastors. They came to me for counsel. I showed them the two-course outlines of the Theology and Pastoral Evangelism courses, and they just decided that they want to study at the school we are about to start. We have students all over Africa who are interested in coming here to study, not to mention the many in Botswana who want training. Oh, that we could pray for the Lord to help us get a property where we could start the school as soon as possible, without wasting any more time! Please keep this school project in prayer so that many can be trained for the Lord’s work.

May God bless you.

 

By Loago Setswalo. Email: loagos@gmail.com.


Philippines: Pastor Mike – May 2011

The work of the Lord is moving forward in the Philippines. We were able to conduct a crusade in a Baptist church in the very southern part of the island of Mindanao. This is an extremely remote and poor part of the Philippines.

Pastor Aque, one of our paid workers here in the Philippines made contact with this pastor from the Missionary Baptist church. Pastor Aque made friends with this pastor and started Bible studies with him and persuaded him in regard to the Sabbath. After several studies Pastor Aque asked the Baptist pastor if he could conduct a prophecy seminar within his church. The pastor was glad to have him preach in his church.

We would have 30 to 40 people come from this very small village each night of the seminar.

This is a picture of me and my translator Pastor Nanding preaching within this Missionary Baptist church.

Please keep the people in the Philippines in your prayers.

Mike

Preaching in the Baptist church

12/11/10: Not Fail Nor Be Discouraged

Not Fail Nor Be Discouraged

Pressing God’s work forward in Oregon, U.S.A.


There is an amazing prophecy about Jesus in the Old Testament to which we need to take heed as laborers in the Lord’s vineyard. “He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till He have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for His law.” Isaiah 42:4. Jesus did not fail in the work that He came here to do. We are told in John 17:4, “I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do.” Jesus never once gave up on the work of saving souls for His kingdom. He pressed through every difficulty and trial with a perseverance that had not been seen in anyone in the history of the world. In Christ’s ministry, He labored for souls from the first light until the evening shadows fell upon the earth. Yet, we are told that he saw little fruit from His labors. “When Jesus sat down to rest at Jacob’s well, He had come from Judea, where His ministry had produced little fruit. He had been rejected by the priests and rabbis, and even the people who professed to be His disciples had failed of perceiving His divine character. He was faint and weary; yet He did not neglect the opportunity of speaking to one woman, though she was a stranger, an alien from Israel, and living in open sin.” Desire of Ages, 194.

“Christ had been committing to chosen servants the seed of His word, to be sown in human hearts. During His life on this earth He had sown the seed of truth and had watered it with His blood. The conversions that took place on the Day of Pentecost were the result of this sowing, the harvest of Christ’s work, revealing the power of His teaching.” Acts of the Apostles, 44. The real results of Jesus’ labors were seen on the day of Pentecost, when thousands gave their hearts to Christ for the first time.

Like Noah of old, who had just a handful of converts in 120 years of preaching, did not give up in despair but waxed more bold and determined each day that passed, Jesus saw few souls accept His offers of mercy and salvation. He did not give up although the masses rejected Him and His words of hope. We must follow in the footsteps of our Master and Pattern. We may go through times when our message will be despised and ridiculed, yet that is the time to pray more valiantly, study more thoroughly, and preach more boldly.


Mike Bauler preaches the truth despite opposition.


In 2009, the Historic Message Church in Portland, Oregon held an evangelistic series in the Gresham area. We had prayed and fasted for the Lord’s blessing to be poured out upon the people who would be receiving invitations to come to these very important meetings. We were praying for ourselves and for one another that we could receive the Holy Spirit that we might witness and preach in a powerful way to those who would be attending the nightly seminar. The first weekend of the seminar we had an overwhelming response. Every chair was filled until there was standing room only, and each night brought new attendees. Almost every chair was filled the remaining nights of the seminar.

When I started visiting the people I saw the hand of God at work like I had never seen before. He had prepared people’s hearts ahead of time to accept the message of truth for these last days. During the meetings there was an intense interest in the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation. It was exciting to see the Master of the vineyard at work in the hearts and minds of the people.

Exciting as it was to see the hand of God at work, evangelism is not always a bed of roses. Our next seminar this spring was held in the same area as the 2009 Unsealing Revelation seminar, and yet the results were quite the opposite. We had mailed out basically the same number of fliers. We had set times that the whole church came together to fast and pray for the meetings. As a church, we were specifically praying for the Holy Spirit to be poured out on us so that we could be a powerful witness to those who came, but the results were very different.

We had a good number of people that came the first and second nights of the meetings, but the attendance began to drop off very rapidly after the opening weekend. The numbers gradually dwindled down to about 10-15 attendees. Those who we thought to be very strong interests became the ones to turn against us, and the people who we thought to be the poorest interests became the ones to embrace the message that they were hearing.

During the lectures on the Sabbath and the change of the Sabbath, there was anger toward me that I had not witnessed before in a prophecy seminar. Verbal assaults upon my character became a nightly occurrence thereafter, until those assaulting decided not to return.

I was being tempted to water down the message and not to make it so pointed. I was tempted to look at the small number of people that were left. Satan was on hand to bring discouragement upon me, but the promise “He shall not fail nor be discouraged” continued to come to my mind. Do I give into my feelings or do I rise above circumstances by accepting the promises and provisions of the Word of God? The greatest enemy of one’s will is dependence upon feeling. It is possible for one’s emotions to be so affected, so deeply stirred, that they will completely overrule the will. As long as the kingly powers of sanctified conscience, will and reason are ruling over the emotions, they are very wonderful. The greatest danger we face today is the snare of Satan to weaken the will through unsanctified, uncontrolled emotions.

What is one soul worth? It cannot be estimated by some currency. It can only be determined by the death of Jesus on the cross. “One soul is of such value that, in comparison with it, worlds sink into insignificance….” Desire of Ages, 577.

I began to wonder if any of the people who were attending the meetings would accept the peculiar and holy messages of the Sabbath and Second Coming that are distinctive to only one group of people on the earth. Would anyone take a stand? I had to leave that up to the Lord and pray that He would lead them.

Near the end of the seminar, there were only about five people still coming faithfully each evening. Conscientiously, I could not water down the Three Angels’ Messages even if there was not going to be a soul there. I knew this was a possibility because of what I would be presenting in the last few meetings. The remaining messages could “blow away” the few precious souls that were coming. By God’s grace, He gave me the courage to preach a straight message through the remaining nights of the seminar.

We held the first Sabbath at the venue we had rented. Again, I wondered if anyone would come to worship the Lord on His holy Sabbath day. Those who I thought to be weak interests were the very ones who attended that first Sabbath to worship the Lord.

“Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days. Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth. If the clouds are full, they pour out rain upon the earth; and whether a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, wherever the tree falls, there it lies. He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap. Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things. Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good.” Ecclesiastes 11:1-6

Are we to give up in discouragement when circumstances are unfavorable? When the numbers are not on our side? We must continue to work under the most unfavorable situations and not be discouraged about the outcome. Our duty is to preach the gospel and leave the work of converting souls to the Lord.

By Mike Bauler. Mike Bauler pastors the Historic Message church in Portland, Oregon, as well as coordinates mission projects for Mission Projects International. Email: mike@missionspro.org.



09/12/09: The Time is Now!

Time is coming to a close for this world, and very soon we shall see the King in His glory seated upon His throne and coming in power to gather His faithful ones who have made a covenant with Him by sacrifice.

When this time comes our money will be worthless. God wants us to invest our funds in the bank of Heaven where rust and moth will not corrupt. If we don’t use God’s money wisely, it will be thrown to the moles and the bats just before Jesus comes in power. Isaiah 2:20. The best way to invest in the bank of Heaven is through winning souls.

Our time to do evangelism is now, while we have a little time of peace in our troubled world. If we do not take advantage of the peace we now enjoy, we will have to work under terrible pressure. “The work which the church has failed to do in a time of peace and prosperity, she will have to do in a terrible crisis, under most discouraging, forbidding, circumstances. The warnings that worldly conformity has silenced or withheld must be given under the fiercest opposition from enemies of the faith. And at that time the superficial, conservative class, whose influence has steadily retarded the progress of the work, will renounce the faith, and take their stand with its avowed enemies, toward whom their sympathies have long been tending.” Christian Service, 158.

The Historic Message Church has completed another evangelistic meeting in the Portland area. This was our church’s seventh major evangelistic series in this city of nearly two million people. We are systematically trying to cover the entire metro area of Portland/Vancouver. Gresham, Oregon, was the target city for the Unsealing Revelation Bible Prophecy Seminar evangelistic meetings for 2009.

A part of our ground work was visiting many of the people who had come to our previous meetings and those who had returned a card requesting the book The Great Controversy. The most important activity in which we engaged was prayer and fasting for the Holy Spirit to come into each heart in our church and that He would work in a mighty way in the hearts of those who would be coming to the meetings.

Since we’ve held several similar meetings in the Portland area to this date and knew the percentage of people that have come in the past from the number of fliers that were mailed out, we had chosen a venue that could seat about 50 people classroom style. In previous meetings we mailed between 60,000 and 100,000 fliers and have had 30-70 people attend the first weekend of the meetings, and then the numbers would dwindle from there.

Pastor Mike Bauler delivering a timely message to a full room.
Pastor Mike Bauler delivering a timely message to a full room.

At these meetings we mailed out about 31,000 fliers to the Gresham area and were expecting about 20-30 attendees based on previous meetings but we are always hoping for more. So we expected to have enough seating for church members and the attendees.

The day to start the meetings arrived, and I was there early to make sure that the hotel had set up the room correctly and to have the audio and video ready by the time the first people started to arrive. Most of the past meetings that I have conducted, there are one or two persons that come an hour early and watch you set up. This was the case with these meetings, except we had many people that decided to come early. About 45 minutes before the meeting started, every chair was filled and the church members had to give their seats to the new people. We had a problem on our hands, but it was a good problem. We started to pull chairs out of the closets and set them up wherever we could find space to put them. Soon all 80 chairs had been taken out of the closet and were filled, and we still had people at the door waiting to come in and find a seat. There were many who stood outside the room for awhile but never made it in because the door was blocked with people. There was standing room only throughout the room shortly after I began to preach. Unfortunately, two people even left because there were no available seats. “In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.” Ecclesiastics 11:6. I want to give thanks to the Lord and prais-e Him for how He worked that night. I had never seen anything like it.

The next day we made arraignments with the hotel to set up the room theater style, which would give us about 70 chairs. This was the maximum the room would hold, according to the fire marshal. The next day started out like the first night. Many people started to come about an hour early, and every chair was filled about 30 minutes before the start of the meeting. I believe that we exceeded the fire code the first two weeks of the meetings.

It is amazing how the Lord prepares people ahead of time to receive the truth. There was a lady that attended our meetings who received a flier that had been pinned up in grocery store or was lying around somewhere. She came faithfully every night and always brought 3-5 young people with her to the meetings. After the first weekend of the seminar, I went to visit her to see if she had any questions about what we had been studying. She said that she did not have any questions about the lectures but said, “I have questions about the Sabbath.” At this time I had not spoken about the Sabbath in the meetings but told her that I would be studying the Sabbath in a few days. She told me that she had received the book National Sunday Law outside the Luis Palau meeting, in Portland, a few months before the meetings and read the book and became convicted that she and her family should be keeping the Sabbath but didn’t know where to go. She came all the way through the meetings, accepting all the truth that was presented and is now keeping God’s seventh-day Sabbath and is continuing to study the present truth with me. Our church, along with Adventists from other local churches, passed out thousands of pieces of literature at the Luis Palau event. What a bless¬ing it is to see seed planting bearing fruit and to watch how God guides His children.

We also had a couple that came faithfully every night to the meetings, who God had prepared to accept the truth many years prior to the seminar. They had been in and out of the churches seeking to find the truth but never found it. The husband told me after one of the lectures that one of the churches they were attending turned him away from the Bible and he stopped studying the Bible for a while. A couple of years before the meetings, they started attending the Salvation Army church in Portland, which led them back into studying the Bible. As they studied the Bible they started to wonder why the churches were keeping Sunday as a day worship instead of the Sabbath. They would attend church and hear the pastor speak about persons going to Heaven when they died, and he wondered why this was different than what he had discovered that the Bible teaches about death. As they studied they had many questions. They were so thankful they came to the meetings and heard the truth from God‘s word. They now attend our church and our learning more about the Adventist message. We praise the Lord for those who are now attending church and our weekly Bible study. Several have requested baptism and are studying in preparation for this. The Lord truly blessed our humble efforts to cooperate with Him, and I give all the praise to Him. Please pray for these dear souls, that they will be in the kingdom!

By Pastor Mike Bauler, Historic Message Church, PO Box 130, Colton, OR 97017. E-mail: mike@missionspro.org


Letter from Cody: Lynnnwood Evangelism – April 2009

Dear Friend,

What a blessing that spring is here! As the living green begins to break forth from the brown underbrush, what a reminder it is of the resurrecting power of our God to bring new life from old, dead works. Every year we witness this powerful testimony of what our God desires to do in our lives, are we allowing Him? “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:5, 6. The lessons we can learn from creation abound. As we have been preparing a garden space and beginning to plant berries, trees and other edibles, I have been thinking about how absolutely little we can actually do. When planting trees, we can dig a large hole, fill it with compost and other nutrient-rich preparations, water it and watch it; but what is that? Only the miracle of life from heaven can bring the toil to fruition. How similar in our outreach efforts. Despite the effort, time and prayers that we put into sharing the message with others, still it is only the miracle of God that can bring conviction and conversion. How powerless we are to bring about any good thing. While we work with all our might, just like gardening, all we can do is wait and see how the Lord will work miracles to bring forth fruit out of lifeless ground! “So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” But what a privilege that we can be “labourers together with God.” 1 Corinthians 3:7, 9

We have just concluded an evangelistic series here in Lynnwood, Washington, and are praising the Lord for His goodness in bringing the increase. It is common during a lengthy evangelistic program that interest will wane dscn0537-letterand numbers will begin to decrease-but not so in this series! It is one of the first times that I can remember that this did not happen-not to say that no one dropped off along the way, but others came in and filled their places. On the last night of the seminar, we actually had more guests than on the second night of the seminar. As we presented the testing truths relating to the rapture, the Sabbath, the state of the dead, the mark of the beast, the call out of Babylon, the gifts of the Spirit in the last days, people kept coming. It was obvious that everyone was thinking very hard about what was being shared.

When the Sabbath was covered, after the closing prayer an impromptu after meeting began with questions as people wrestled with this new concept. Some were taking it as interesting information to be studied more later; others’ countenances changed as they struggled with the life changing decisions that were being called for; but still others’ faces lit up as they saw the clear Biblical truths and responded. Many are still thinking and praying about what they are going to do, and we ask that you join us in prayer for them that they may make a decision for time and eternity.

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The children’s meetings were a special blessing with a lively group of around fifteen young people studying, singing and making crafts, all corresponding with the nightly evangelistic topic. What a blessing that two-year-olds and up have been through a prophecy seminar geared specifically for them! The bustle of youthful activity caught the interest of one young boy who was staying in the hotel with his parents. He began regularly coming and enthusiastically participating. May he be an emissary of the Three Angels’ Messages to his parents and to his friends on the other side of the country! Two young men at the adult meetings were the last ones to leave each night as we discussed question after question and objections to the message which they had encountered. Although still in high school and college, they are eagerly grasping the message and sharing it. We praise the Lord for all of the many souls who have been touched and request your prayers as we seek to bring home by personal effort what has been presented in the public meetings.

­­Your co-laborer in the harvest field,

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