February 19, 2018
Testimonies Reveal God Is Working in Chile
From the Superintendent's DESK
The Chile camp meeting continued this past week with morning Bible teachings and evening evangelistic services. Two from our team, Josephine McElveen and Jayne Ortiz, sent this report of the meetings:
The Tuesday Bible Teaching opened with consecrated prayer and singing as the Holy Spirit prepared our hearts to receive His Word. There were many inspiring testimonies including one from a young lady who said she has learned to let go and let God work in her life. She also said she is grateful to be in the Gospel as a young person. A brother told how the love and acceptance shown to him by the church family when he was a visitor led him to give his life to Christ. Another told of being saved at twelve years of age after being invited to church by a friend. Even though he did not know what sin was, he asked Jesus to save him, and then he felt free as if a burden had been taken from him. He said that was the best decision he ever made.
The message, delivered by Israel Monardes, focused on some important questions and answers regarding Salvation such as, “What is it, why do we need it, and how can we receive it?” Brother Israel said that all are born with a sinful nature which causes them to commit sin and separates them from God, but He offers the gift of salvation for anyone who will repent of their sins. Before closing, he had one more question: “How can one retain salvation?” He said we must strive to have a consecrated life of prayer. Following the message the Lord blessed around the altar.
Tuesday night’s evangelistic service was equally rewarding as the saints gathered with hungry hearts for more of God’s Word. We were led in beautiful melodies of praise and worship followed by more inspiring testimonies of salvation, healing, and deliverance. An elder minister testified of God’s faithfulness down through the years. Even though he is not able to physically carry the Gospel, he can pray and encourage the young people to run for the Lord and to use their strength in the service of the Lord. He said the vision must be extended to spread this Gospel to all of Chile. A lady testified that after backsliding, God restored her in the Gospel and healed her of cancer twice.
The sermon was given by Eladio Retamal who took his text from Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always.” We were encouraged to rejoice in the Lord no matter our circumstances. The service ended with a wonderful altar call as saints came forth to seek the blessings of the Lord.
On Wednesday, our fourth camp meeting day, God continued to talk to us. The Bible teaching started with prayer requests and a time of prayer. This was followed by the choir singing, “Submerge Me Lord in the River of Your Spirit.” The message focused on sanctification. We were reminded that sanctification does not come automatically, but it comes after salvation when we consecrate our lives to God. We also heard that sanctification, along with Bible study, prayer, and being attentive when God speaks to us, helps us keep our salvation.
The Wednesday evening service started with prayer and songs unto the Lord. The choir sang “Oh Happy Day.” Again, we heard testimonies of victory over sin and illness. One sister told how she went to the doctor for a checkup and learned she had cancer throughout her body. She was saddened by the news, but was encouraged during a church service that God would heal her, and He did. When she went back to the hospital, new tests were run, and the results showed no signs of cancer!
The message for the evening was taken from Mark 5:22-29, which gives the accounts of the father who cried unto Jesus for the healing of his daughter and the woman who had the issue of blood for twelve years. How their lives changed when they met Jesus! The woman’s determination to reach Jesus caused her to surpass all kinds of obstacles. We were admonished to persist in the things we need from the Lord; we were encouraged to touch Jesus that night.
As Thursday rolled in, we were thankful for another opportunity for God to speak to our hearts. The beautiful songs of praise and worship led us into the presence of the Lord. There were testimonies of how God has been speaking to hearts during the camp meeting. A Brother gave thanks to God for the sacrifices made by saints from the United States to bring the Gospel to Chile.
The teaching was very powerful. It was an in-depth look at God’s standard of excellence. We learned that God’s standard is holy, pure, and clean. Also, that Romans 12:1-2 tells us how we can meet God’s standard. We must be fully committed and acceptable to God. In addition, our minds must be renewed as we accept and submit to God’s will for our individual lives.
The blessing of the Lord continued during the night service. There were songs of praise and testimonies to the glory of God. A former teacher thanked God for His protection in the classroom as she related to the recent school shooting in Florida.
For the sermon, Elvido Ortiz took his text from 2 Peter 3:9 and encouraged us to take advantage of God’s opportunities. He related how opportunities to listen for God and obey were given to Samuel, Jonah, and the Prodigal Son. He said we don’t know how many times God will call us, so we need to take advantage while there is time. After the service, there were many blessings around the altar as souls adhered to the Word and took advantage of the opportunity to cry out to God for salvation.
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