Adventists Baptize 84 in Netherlands in Single Day
Sabbath, June 5, was a historic day for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Netherlands when 84 people accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and were baptized. There are now 5,000 members of the church in that nation.
This year’s theme at the Antillean Explosion, formerly known as the Antillean Rally, was “United Until He Comes,” and was conducted by Cherrel Francisca, staff coordinator for the Antillean church plants in the Netherlands Union Conference (NUC). The aim of this event was to emphasize unity and togetherness.
In preparation for the Antillean Explosion, four evangelistic campaigns were held simultaneously in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Delft, and Tilburg. The aim was to focus on Jesus as Savior, and to promote cooperation and unity among believers. After two weeks of campaigns the Antillean communities were invited to come together to attend a special fellowship program.
An invigorating program filled the day, including praise and worship time, interviews with the lay preachers, video clips on unity, an interview with the evangelist, group interaction, and a presentation of the vision on respect and unity by the president of the NUC, Wim Altink. Later that day, 84 persons were added to the Adventist Church by baptism.
“Together with members, lay evangelists, and ministers, we can do much for Christ in an inspired [mind-set] of cooperation, within the diversity God has given to His church. We praise God for His leadership,” concluded Francisca.
Through this special service and the recent baptismal services in the Ghanaian churches in Amsterdam, Almere, and Eindhoven, the membership of the Adventist Church in the Netherlands has passed the 5,000 mark.