By Bill Knott
The camp meeting audience broke into a wave of spontaneous applause when I reported that almost 100,000 persons had been baptized in a threeweek span in Rwanda.
I had expected the hundreds gathered under the big pavilion roof to be at least quietly pleased at the news of the Seventhday Adventist Church’s largest-ever evangelistic campaign total, but I wasn’t prepared for the scope of their delight. The news was truly “new”—and electrifying—to many, as though they were witnessing the first showers of the promised latter rain.
Their joy reminded me that a deep sense of expectation undergirds all Adventist outreach—a hope that this moment, this ingathering, this harvest of souls, might be the one that inaugurates a new Pentecost. Something in our bones almost aches for the evidence that God is stirring up hearts and moving His end-time remnant beyond business as usual. And whether the result is 100 or 100,000 (for revival always has a local context), the Spirit clearly intends to restore our confidence and courage as He brings more friends and neighbors to worship and witness with us.
As the stories in this journal well illustrate, the Holy Spirit clearly stirred tens of thousands of church members in Rwanda to move assertively into personal mission—each in their own way, each using the gifts uniquely given them. Who dares to say that the sermon preached was more important than the loaf of bread distributed or the house built or the arm placed around a sagging shoulder? Each act— each bit of faithfulness to Jesus—matters greatly to Christ’s kingdom. The fact that the amazing result in Rwanda was owing to the active participation of at least as many members as the number of those who were baptized makes the joy that much deeper and sweeter.
As you read this month’s edition, pray that your own joy will deepen as you experience the delight of sharing the good news of Jesus in the way the Spirit prompts you.