THERE is nothing in denominational work that is quite as interesting or satisfying as evangelistic work," stated M. V. Campbell, General Conference vice-president, at the conclusion of a recent evangelistic series he held in Canon City, Colorado. "One does not realize this until getting back to it after a few years of other duties. It did me a great deal of good to get back in the harness as an evangelist, even though it was only for ten days. It took quite a while, however, preparing for the meetings, studying and preparing sermons, and getting my thoughts concentrated on soul winning rather than on Loma Linda University and the other tasks that have been more or less monopolizing my time and thoughts," he continued.
The meetings, held in the Adventist church during June, were well attended, with the attendance growing every night. Elder Campbell presented the majority of the major doctrines of the church during the first nine nights of a twenty-one-night series concluded by the writer, the local pastor. Seven people were baptized at the conclusion of the meetings, with several more continuing in Bible studies.
Inspiration to Pastor
As a local pastor I would like to say that working with Elder Campbell was a real inspiration. His interest, enthusiasm, energy, and dedication to "grass roots" denominational work were very encouraging. It was thrilling to see that local evangelism is still primary in Elder Campbell's thinking even though he has been in administrative work for our church since he was twenty-four years of age. He was elected president of the St. Lawrence Conference in Quebec, Canada, at that age.
Thank God for the evangelistic-minded administrators of our church!