Australian-born evangelist Pastor John Carter recently conducted two very different back-to-back evangelistic programs in two very different countries, Cuba and Ukraine.
In Havana, Cuba, more than 650 people were baptised, making it the largest baptism ever in the history of Adventists in Cuba, according to the Union Conference president. A further 230 people also made decisions for baptisms in the near future.
“We ran [the programs] in the Havana area called ‘The Viper’,” said Pastor Carter. “They told us it was the toughest area in all of Cuba, and gave us the option not to go there, but we consciously decided to go.”
The programs in Havana were well-attended, with an overflow room each evening, and several trucks and buses hired to bring members to the meetings. A total of 13 programs were conducted in Cuba by Pastor Carter, while local pastors ran a further 12 programs, including one around Guantanamo Bay.
In Kiev, Ukraine, Pastor Carter and Dr John Hammond conducted a special series for young people in partnership with HopeTV Ukraine. Held over two weekends, the series was broadcast to 6.4 million homes in Ukraine, with pastors ready to follow up with interested contacts.
“The Church leaders in Ukraine are concerned at the large numbers who have left the Church,” said Pastor Carter. “Our goal was to present Christ-centred messages that would be relevant to a people who are becoming increasingly secular.”
Pastor Carter and his team are also currently supporting projects in India and El Salvador.