One hundred and thirty people were baptised at the end of the “Countdown: Back to the Future” evangelistic series on July 1, held at the Cakau Multi-Purpose Centre in Suva, Fiji.
Evangelist and former lecturer Pastor Gary Webster was the speaker at the three-week event, which began on June 11, hosted by the Suva North District in Nasinu, Suva.
Fiji Mission (FM) president Pastor Nasoni Lutunaliwa said the initiative was “successful as it was a face-to-face event which also incorporated media evangelism”.
“Several candidates never attended the event physically and only watched from the comforts of their home and made their decisions to follow Christ,” said Pastor Lutunaliwa.
He added that organising such big events is always challenging, but “God blessed the event and proves faithful when His church members unite their efforts with Him in the work of saving souls”.
The event also included a three-day training for ministers and elders conducted by Pastor Webster.
“FM recognised the importance of equipping ministers and elders to effectively share the message of salvation and bring souls to Christ,” said FM ministerial secretary Aisake Tiko Kabu. “Their passion for spreading the Gospel was reignited as they learned new techniques and strategies to reach people’s hearts.
He added that the evangelism “not only brought souls into the fold but ignited a flame of revival that would continue to burn brightly, lighting the way for many more to come”.
District ministerial leader Pastor Pita Tokalau said the newly baptised members are distributed to attend churches all over the district, close to their homes. He added that nurturing programs and further Bible study programs have begun in most churches for the new members.
He also acknowledged church members for their contribution and sacrifices during the planning, running and follow up of the evangelism.
Pastor Lutunaliwa thanked the ministers, church members and everyone that was involved, especially the final year theology students of Fulton Adventist University College who were part of the evangelism team. The students were on practicum and were heavily involved in the operations, visitations and joined ministers in conducting worship during the event.
The Fiji Mission has set aside the month of July as Pentecost harvest month.