Hartland alumni help train youth to finish the work in the United Kingdom.
by Aaron Wilson
“Now I indeed see that there is much to learn about God’s Word and the history behind our faith—things that God wrought in the past,” shares James, an attendee at the Special Adventist Squad (SAS) Bible Conference.
“God definitely used [this conference] to show me some realities I had been doubtful about—and the presenters always found a Bible quote to quiet my second thoughts!” says Audrey, who traveled from Paris to attend the conference.
On March 29–April 1, 2013, young people from all around England, plus two from France, convened at Ashburnham Place, a Christian conference and prayer center in Surrey, England. Twenty-two youth met to study and learn God’s Word more deeply, and to share their faith with others.
The SAS Bible Conference featured three Hartland graduates from England—Reginald “Reggie” Wright, Ikechukwu “Ike” Anurukem, and Aaron Wilson—as its main speakers. The conference’s theme was “The Pillars of Adventism.”
Ike commenced the weekend with a presentation on Revelation 10 entitled “Thou Must Prophesy Again.” The next series of talks, given mainly by Reggie, focused on the roots of Seventh-day Adventism, the Adventist pioneers, and the sanctuary message. Then Aaron spoke on the spread of Adventism in the British Isles and the focus for evangelism today.
Two attendees led the morning devotions, and two other speakers presented talks on the importance of the publishing work and true education. Reggie, Ike, and Aaron also helped conduct a panel discussion on Bible versions, while song services were led by Hartland alumnus Eliezer Alemeza. “Fellowshipping and attending meetings with like-minded believers refreshed me the most,” Eliezer relates.
Sunday afternoon, the conference attendees reached out to the local communities with a range of Last Generation magazines. They were blessed by this effort as they shared their faith through literature, and spent time speaking and praying with the people. Testimonies and blessings were shared afterward, encouraging all to continue the work when returning to their home communities.
Sunday night, a special prayer session was held to prepare the attendees to take what they learned and be godly influences to those in their homes, local churches, communities, and their nations at large. The Spirit has instilled a desire in the hearts of these vibrant young people to know and share the truths God has given His church for these last days of earth’s history.
“The things discussed were broken down, which made them so clear and easy to understand,” shares Sharleen. “I also liked having the chance to go out to meet the people in a nearby town and hand out some magazines to them.”
“I’ve been motivated to study the sanctuary message,” says Solomon. “Also, I like the fact that we passed out literature in the community—we didn’t just feed ourselves. I think we should definitely do it next time.”
“The most wonderful part for me was when we went out to do some evangelism, and I got to talk to a Spanish girl for around 30 minutes in Spanish, and I don’t speak much Spanish at all!” Krista recalls. “Another gentleman we met told us his life story, and we were able to give him listening ears and also to encourage him.”
“I felt the Holy Ghost’s presence when we sang and shared personal experiences,” Audrey testifies. “The speakers’ behavior, kindness, and above all, their connection with the Lord made me believe in the Seventh-day Adventist religion again. I would definitely come again with friends who also need to be reassured that there are Seventh-day Adventists who are true worshippers of the mighty God!”
The SAS organizers dream of starting a missionary training school in the UK. Youth who desire to serve God today must be trained to accomplish the work He has called His people to do and finish in this generation. The SAS team thanks Hartland Institute for sending them boxes of free literature; they are also grateful for the continued prayers and support of those who read this report. May God receive all glory, honor, and praise!