Neal C. Wilson is the president of the General Conference and a consulting editor of Ministry.

It is a special privilege for me to express my deep and sincere gratitude to leaders, pastors, and members of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church for their loyal cooperation that made it possible to reach the objectives and exceed the goal of the One Thousand Days of Reaping. I know that God will reward everyone for his or her efforts and cooperation.

This experience of the One Thousand Days of Reaping with its wonderful results is already past history, but its memories will continue to gladden our hearts. But we must not be satisfied with our past triumphs. Our Captain's command is "Advance! Advance! Advance! Press the battle to the gate!"— Life Sketches, p. 441. For this reason we must now think about our present responsibilities and look to the future.

We are just beginning a new quinquennium, but the days are swiftly passing. The new total soul-winning program for the world church, approved in New Orleans, which began on July 1, is Harvest '90. In this program two targets emerge:

1. Double, in every division, union, and local field, the number of accessions that were achieved during the One Thousand Days of Reaping.

2. Double the number of members equipped for soul-winning activities according to their spiritual gifts, making every Seventh-day Adventist church a center of training for service.

The goal of the One Thousand Days of Reaping was to win 1 million souls for Christ, and the Lord graciously gave us 1,171,390. Harvest '90 is a greater challenge because with God's help we shall endeavor to win twice as many souls. This means 2,342,780 souls in approximately 1,825 days. This is a higher goal to be reached in a proportionately shorter period of time.

As I see it, there are three leadership secrets that will help to achieve success in our new program:

1. The first secret is to not waste time, but begin at once an intense and constant effort to implement Harvest '90.

2. The second secret consists in getting all the workers to actively participate in soul-winning endeavors: conference and institutional administrators, departmental directors, pastors, et cetera.

3. The third and most important secret is the involvement of the greatest possible number of lay members in all aspects of evangelism and soul winning.

We must appeal to all members of the great Advent Movement to consider evangelism, in all its aspects, as their first priority. At the same time let us not forget that our ultimate success in Harvest '90 does not depend solely on human effort, but on the blessings of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, because "This is the word of the Lord . . . , Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts" (Zech. 4:6).

Let us keep in mind that "we are living in the closing scenes of this earth's history. Prophecy is fast fulfilling. The hours of probation are fast passing. We have no time—not a moment. . . . Let the message of Christ's soon return sound forth in earnest words of warning. . . .

Let ministers and lay members go forth into the ripening fields to tell the unconcerned and indifferent to seek the Lord while He may be found. The workers will find their harvest wherever they proclaim the forgotten truths of the Bible. ... I feel as if I must cry aloud: 'Homeward bound!' We are nearing the time when Christ will come in power and great glory to take His ransomed ones to their eternal home." —Testimonies, vol. 8, pp. 252, 253.

Please also consider the following statements from the Spirit of Prophecy: "God will do the work if we will furnish Him the instruments." —Ibid., vol. 9, p. 107. "The secret of our success in the work of God will be found in the harmonious working of our people." —Christian Service, p. 75. "If Christians were to act in concert, moving forward as one, under the direction of one Power, for the accomplishment of one purpose, they would move the world." —Testimonies, vol. 9, p. 221.

Join me in praying that Harvest '90 will become a glorious reality. We have been promised that in our days there will be a great reform movement among God's people, and as a result thousands will visit families, opening to them Bible truths. Further, we are assured that on every side doors will open and the world will be lightened with the glory of God.

This is the time for us to believe all that God has told us, to trust Him implicitly, and to expect and claim all He has promised. May the love of our Saviour bless and keep you each day. — N.C.W.

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Neal C. Wilson is the president of the General Conference and a consulting editor of Ministry.

February 1986

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