IN THE November issue of THE MINISTRY and at the recent Autumn Council, Pastor Robert H. Pierson made a fervent appeal to denominational workers everywhere in behalf of worldwide revival and evangelism. The spontaneous response to this appeal by our world leader was heart warming, encouraging, and inspiring. Letters are coming in each day and we take this occasion to share a few typical lines with our readers.
Church pastor: "You can count on us to support the world program."
Local conference president: "With the aid of the Holy Spirit, I have no other purpose than to carry this same emphasis into every church and institution in the . . . conference."
Pastor: "My heart responds to your earnest appeal in the November MINISTRY."
Conference departmental secretary: "I want to give more attention to my own spiritual regeneration, consecration, and commitment. As a departmental secretary, I assure you that soul winning is the great objective of all my work."
Evangelist: "I certainly accept the challenge that you have put forth in the recent issue of THE MINISTRY magazine."
Local conference president: "We want you to know, Elder Pierson, that we believe in the program presented and that we will seek, by God's grace, to make it effective in the .. . conference."
Retired minister: "Everything in us responds to your appeal published in the current issue of THE MINISTRY magazine."
Local conference president: "We are with you to help finish the work—all out!"
Division president: "You may rest assured that the . . . division will give its full support to the worldwide revival and evangelistic thrust, and as soon as we have settled on our quadrennial goals for net gains in membership and baptisms we shall notify you and send you a copy of the same."
Local conference treasurer: "We will certainly do all we possibly can to encourage our pastors in evangelism, and I hope to conduct meetings once or twice a year myself."
College president: "I have been thinking a great deal as to what our institution can do. I plan to take this up with our student officers, faculty members, and various committees and I hope we can come up with some good ideas as to what the college can do in this area of evangelism."
Local conference president: "We have just completed a thrilling workers' meeting in the . . . conference and our pastors have voluntarily set for themselves greater objectives than we might have suggested. We are planning many evangelistic meetings in the months ahead, and our men from the office will be joining our pastors in a number of these efforts."
Union conference president: "As our conference administrators and departmental secretaries meet at the annual council, we shall move forward immediately with the plans and objectives outlined at the Autumn Council."
Layman: "For years I have been waiting for something like this."
In addition to the foregoing we just received a thrilling report that Pastor E. E. Cleveland baptized 480 precious souls in his initial baptism in Trinidad. Thousands are attending the meetings, and a baptism is planned for each week during the remainder of the effort. Another heart-warming report came from the Far East, which stated that 6,793 people were baptized throughout the division on Sabbath, May 14. Still other reports are coming in of individual ministers baptizing 20, 35, and 60 people in scheduled baptisms. Another departmental secretary writes, "I have personally been privileged to conduct four evangelistic campaigns this year in connection with my departmental work. Culminating these four campaigns, we have baptized a total of 60 souls. We are praying that 1967 will be even more fruitful along these lines."
Let us have more such reports!
NOTE: Check with your conference president for details relative to the Ministerial Association Bible Tape Program, which was introduced at the General Conference presession and includes the above.—Editors.