Statue Builds a Ministry Bridge from Australia to Oklahoma
Cherokee » During his training for Messiah’s Mansion at Oklahoma Academy, Clayton Leinnewebber expressed the need for a Daniel 2 statue, somewhere between 20-30 feet tall. He desired to expand Messiah’s Mansion to include Bible prophecy. Gabrielle Simpson, treasurer of the Cherokee Seventh-day Adventist Church plant, began doing research to find a solution to this challenge and searched in multiple places—with no practical or affordable solution. Then she discovered and emailed Phil White of EDGAR Ministry in Australia; EDGAR stands for Every Dynasty God Almighty Revealed. White offered Oklahoma Academy a special price, and the cost including shipping was $2,533. The Cherokee Church plant decided to pay for the statue and donate it to Messiah’s Mansion. After much prayer, appealing to members and friends, God spoke to generous hearts and the money was raised. Our faithful God opened countless doors to make this all happen!
On June 16, Gabrielle received a phone call from Messiah’s Mansion stating that two large boxes arrived at their doorstep—confirming that the statue had arrived. Praise God! A month later, two large boxes arrived on her doorstep. When she opened the boxes and found the makings of the Daniel 2 statue, she was confused. She called Messiah’s Mansion, and found out their statue was already on display at Oklahoma Academy. After emailing Phil White, she learned he had been impressed by God to mail a second statue.
Through all of this experience, there have been more demonstrations of God’s hand in the whole matter. The second statue is being shared among different Oklahoma churches for evangelism. Gabrielle’s seven-year-old son, Shawn, was able to give an impromptu Bible study to a number of adults on Sabbath afternoon at camp meeting. He was excited to use the statue as a vivid example. Shawn went on to tell his growing crowd of adults the comparison of Daniel 2 and the beasts of Daniel 7. Shawn had been watching Messiah Mansion DVDs, and studying his Bible, so he was full of details about these subjects. What an amazing and God orchestrated experience! Gabrielle could not keep silent. She had to tell it to me, so I could share it with all of the Southwestern Union Conference.