During this year, 1972, the Ministerial Association has concentrated on coordinating and implementing the united efforts of every area of the church administrator and department leader, minister, teacher, medical and health worker, literature evangelist, lay member to reach people with the timely messages of truth God has given to us to proclaim to the world, using the theme REACH OUT FOR LIFE.
As a result, reports already in reveal that more people by far were baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church than in any other year in the history of our work in North America, Australia, and South Africa. MISSION 1973 will be even greater, as other world divisions that were unable to begin in 1972 initiate their evangelistic thrust.
Our statistics inform us there were about 2,000 meetings held, using 22 million REACH OUT FOR LIFE leaflets, 2 million sermon summaries, 5 million handbills, sixty thousand window posters, and five thousand radio-TV spots. More than 12,000 children attended youth programs. Best of all, thousands upon thousands of personal invitations and contacts were made.
The meetings were held mainly in our church buildings by the pastors, some conducting their first major campaign. Many laymen held meetings in communities where the pastors or evangelists could not go. We pray each successive REACH OUT FOR LIFE endeavor will bring an even larger harvest.