Kingdom Building

From the revival and reformation series.

—Ivan Leigh Warden, DMin, serves as associate director, Ellen G. White Estate, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States.

To join with the Holy Spirit to build the kingdom of God can be described as “fun.” Kingdom building is people building. 

Martha Rollins from Richmond, Virginia, United States, is a living example of a kingdom builder whom God uses to bless a city. She is an antique dealer. Her shop was repeatedly voted Richmond’s best antique store. God had her path cross that of Rosa Jiggets, a middle-aged lady from Richmond’s Highland Park neighborhood. This community houses a disproportionate number of men and women coming out of Virginia prisons. The recidivism rates are about 66 percent and those former inmates cannot find employment.

These two ladies formed Boaz and Ruth Enterprises. They started six businesses, hired ex-cons, and the community of Highland Park experienced a change. Proverbs 11:10 says, “When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth” (ASV).

Ellen G. White shares with us, “Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Savior mingled with men. . . . He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, ‘Follow Me.’ ”* 

Look for ways to build people because building people is kingdom building—a practical revelation of true revival and reformation.

—Ivan Leigh Warden, DMin, serves as associate director, Ellen G. White Estate, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States.

* White, The Ministry of Healing (Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press Pub. Assn., 1942), 143.

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—Ivan Leigh Warden, DMin, serves as associate director, Ellen G. White Estate, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States.

September 2013

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