ETERNAL CITY: Ruins of ancient Rome are seen in this photo; “the eternal city,” so named for its lengthy heritage, was host to the first Seventh-day Adventist Church-led citywide evangelistic campaign there in 45 years during February.It Is Written speaker/director Shawn Boonstra presented the series in the heart of Rome, the ministry reported.
FASCINATING AND ENGAGING:“The presentation of the message was joyous, fascinating, Christ-centered, and engaging,” said then Italian Union Conference president Daniele Benini, right, to Boonstra, as translator Pastor Gianfranco Irrera looks on.One unexpected factor that helped Boonstra broach the subject of Bible prophecy was the recent release of the film 2012 in Italian theaters. As a result of this movie being in the news, the question of How will the world end? was a hot topic.
PACKED HALL: The Romanian Seventh-day Adventist Church, a former theater, was the venue for Revelation Speaks Peace, and crowds packed the hall every night.The Adventist radio station in Rome—which until now had not ventured into prophetic territory and had tackled only family and community issues—decided to broadcast the meetings. They were suddenly swamped with calls from people requesting Bible studies and wanting to know where they could hear the messages live.