In 2012, the East Lansing University Church decided to sponsor certain individuals to attend the ten-day training program at Emmanuel Institute. It was one part of an evangelistic vision and strategy to create a cyclical culture where every soul would become a dynamic soul winner. Emmanuel Institute provided the opportunity for key members to be immersed in an intensive evangelistic environment and then return to impact our church.
Carlot Dorve, a music major at Michigan State University (MSU) and a member of our church, was one of those chosen to attend the ten-day program. As I greeted Carlot at close of the program, it was evident from his countenance and enthusiasm that an evangelistic fire had been ignited.
Daniel Jean-Francois, pastoral assistant at the University Church, immediately began to meet with Carlot one-on-one with follow-up training and began a systematic mentoring process. Once school began, Carlot looked for the indications of God’s providence and the Spirit’s leading at MSU. He asked Cori, a friend and fellow student in the music department, if she would be interested in studying the Bible. Cori responded to the invitation and began Bible studies with Daniel. As the studies progressed and with every truth presented, Cori responded to the Spirit’s leading. When Daniel made a personal appeal for baptism, Cori responded and made the decision to be baptized and to join God’s remnant church. The following week, Israel Ramos, Director of Public Campus Ministries, while preaching at the University Church made a public appeal for baptism. Cori responded to the public appeal, affirming her decision. On July 27 2013, Cori was baptized into the East Lansing University Church.
About the same time that Cori’s journey began, Carlot engaged another friend Anthony, into personal Bible studies. Anthony, who was the son of a Baptist pastor, was stunned as Carlot unlocked the prophecy of Daniel 2. Carlot invited Anthony to continue studies with Daniel Jean-Francois and the journey began. With every study and truth revealed, Anthony saw the cohesive system of truth that was being presented. During the summer break, Anthony had to return home to his parents in Florida. Daniel continued Bible studies via Skype; Anthony, being convicted on the Sabbath, began attending an Adventist church in Florida. In a Skype session, Daniel made the appeal for Anthony to be baptized and join God’s remnant church. Even in the face of insurmountable pressure, Anthony made his decision. Upon returning back to MSU, Anthony was baptized on August 17, 2013 at the East Lansing University Church.
As this article is being written, Cori and Anthony, yearning to share their faith, are also being trained to be soul winners. Carlot, ecstatic with his newfound joy of seeing his friends follow the truth, has even more on-going Bible studies. Thus the evangelistic cycle of joy continues on to reach the thousands of students at Michigan State University.
This article was written by David Shin, University Seventh-day Adventist Church Pastor in East Lansing, MI. For more articles on the Michigan Memo, including an editorial by Michigan President Jay Gallimore: http://issuu.com/miconf/docs/1309_memo
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