‘Meaningful Beginning and Hopeful Future’ in Denmark
BY KIM HAGEN JENSEN, tedNEWS
In January, Janos Kovacs-Biro, Trans-European Division Ministerial Association secretary, conducted a two-week evangelistic series in Odense, Denmark. The meeting came at the end of a large experimental outreach initiative held throughout Denmark, which featured lectures at universities and the Henry Stober creation movie.
The target audience for the Odense meetings included contacts from the movie, spouses of Adventist members, and contacts from other church activities. The series aim was to build faith in Jesus and appeal for decisions to follow Him and be baptized.
Despite handing out 10,000 flyers, advertising in the newspaper, and personal invitations, all of the people who attending had previous contact with the church through other outreach activities. Between 20 and 40 people attended the meetings nightly.
The theme of the 18-night series was “Meaningful Beginning and Hopeful Future.” Kovacs-Biro told God’s story from creation to the earth made new. He covered topics from the Adventist Church’s 28 fundamental beliefs and appealed to attendees to embrace the seventh-day Sabbath and get baptized. Kovacs-Biro’s presentations, using stories from the Bible and everyday life, connected well with the audience, leaving a deep impression on church members and visitors alike.
As a result of the series, most visitors made a decision to incorporate the Sabbath observance into their lives, and two individuals who had previously contemplated baptism made the decision to be baptized.
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