Victoria prepares for a harvest

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Pastor John Bradshaw.

The Victorian Conference is preparing for a key part of its Harvest Victoria initiative—an evangelistic series hosted by popular It Is Written speakers Pastors John Bradshaw and Eric Flickenger.

With negotiations underway to get It is Written back on commercial TV in Australia, Victorian Conference leaders see this as an opportunity to raise awareness of Pastor Bradshaw and the “Revelation Today” evangelistic series.

Invitations to the series will be sent out to the 11,000 Victorians who have previously enrolled in courses through Adventist Media’s Hope Channel Bible School or requested It Is Written material in recent times.

"We've found over the years that television gives us the opportunity to reach people with the good news that we otherwise couldn't reach."

Hope Channel director Pastor Wayne Boehm said it is an amazing opportunity to collaborate with the Victorian Conference and local churches.

“There are not many opportunities that come along like this,” he said. “We try to partner with local churches when they are running events, but it rarely happens on a conference-wide basis. So this is a significant opportunity for the Church to work together on one key disciple-making project.”

“Revelation Today” will be held in four venues across Victoria from May 3 to June 1. It will also be live-streamed to a number of regional centres.

While in Victoria last year, Pastor Bradshaw—who has been hosting It Is Written since 2011—filmed three new episodes.

Pastor Bradshaw said sharing the gospel on television is an incredible opportunity.

“The potential is enormous,” he said. “We’ve found over the years that television gives us the opportunity to reach people with the good news that we otherwise couldn’t reach.

“God is working in powerful ways, and He leads people to these programs and grows their faith and encourages spiritual growth. I have no doubt at all that He will use this broadcast in ways that will amaze us.”

Harvest Victoria is a two-year initiative within a five-year strategy focused on church revitalisation and planting new churches.