The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Guyana recently celebrated historic evangelism efforts which brought more than 1,400 new believers into the church. Guyana, which belongs to the Caribbean Union, is located on the northern mainland of South America.
Some 5,000 church members and friends met at the National Exhibition Center in Georgetown, on Mar. 17, to witness 101 new believers get baptized into the church, during the conclusion of dozens of evangelistic campaigns held for over a week. The effort was coined as Impact Guyana 2018.
People traveled many miles by river, air and land to participate in the Sabbath celebration, recommit to spreading hope in their communities, and to be inspired by witnesses relating encounters with the Holy Spirit at evangelistic sites.
“I am moved beyond words at the dedication of our church leaders, pastors and members just to be here,” said Pastor Richard James, president of the church in Guyana. “It is no secret our members are struggling in so many ways, but their commitment to the mission of the church has been incredible to see.”
Pastor James said that Impact Guyana 2018 was “better, greater, far more inspiring and transformational,” that the conference has ever seen. The efforts followed the “Lord Transform Me” division-wide initiative to motivate church members to seek a closer relationship with Jesus through daily prayer and reading the Bible and sharing hope in their communities.
During the last three months, pastors and the laity have worked extensively with the community, to prepare for the massive community undertaking, James said.
“It took pastors, small group leaders, and lay members working together across eight of the nine regions in the conference,” said Pastor Jumoul Sancho, assistant to the conference president for evangelism and local coordinator of the efforts.