Health and family seminar in Malaysia exemplifies Total Member Involvement

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Sep 22, 2016
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Cavite, Philippines
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Health and family seminar in Malaysia exemplifies Total Member Involvement

In response to a five-day evangelistic series in Serian, Sarawak in Malaysia, 177 people accepted Christ through baptism. [Photo courtesy of Joggery Gelu]

Noldy Sakul, stewardship director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s regional headquarters, couldn’t believe the number of people who responded to his altar call the evening of August 26. He spoke on the final night of the five-day evangelistic series held in a local parliament building in Serian, Sarawak in Malaysia. 

Sakul presented topics centered on family dynamics as well as end-time prophecies described in the Biblical books of Daniel and Revelation. His wife Jeanne, a registered nurse, also presented on health topics. 

Half of the attendees, mostly middle-schoolers, college students and young couples, responded to the altar call to demonstrate their need for Christ. The same crowd came forward the following morning to respond to the same appeal. In the afternoon, 177 people accepted Jesus Christ into their lives and were baptized at the baptism pool of Church’s Ayer Manis School.

Among the new Christians was a lady who had been married to an Adventist for 30 years but remained indecisive about following Christ until she attended the series. She told Sakul that after coming to the nightly meetings in Serian, she was moved by the Holy Spirit and decided to open her heart to follow Christ. 

“I have been to evangelistic meetings where the Adventist members would give gifts just to promote the meetings and attract a crowd,” said Sakul. “I have been to evangelistic meetings where the evening programs are polished and [the number of] musicians would overflow…Some of these efforts would only reach out to four of five people. Here in Serian, it is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that [so many of] these people come nightly even with the possibility of facing doubt, discouragement or difficulty.  “

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