524 Baptized in the Solomon Islands
An evangelistic campaign led by a former Texas pastor resulted in the baptism of 524 people. And an incredible 32,000 people came to the last night of the evangelistic series.
The meetings were held in the South Pacific city of Honiara by a former Texas pastor, John Carter. It was the second-most successful Adventist evangelism series ever run in the South Pacific Division and the largest-ever Adventist baptism in Solomon Islands' history.
General Conference president Ted N.C. Wilson was impressed by the results. “The Holy Spirit is doing something unusual in Honiara,” he said. “We praise God for the large and enthusiastic attendance at the evangelistic meetings being held in Honiara by Pastor John Carter. It’s obvious that many are being drawn to the peculiar messages focusing on the Bible and its answers for today’s many problems."
The program began on September 9, 2011 with 12,000 present, but attendance kept climbing. It peaked at 32,000 at Sunday night’s final meeting (September 18). That meant almost one-third of the city’s population were at this meeting to hear Carter explain the Mark of the Beast.
The nation’s Prime Minister spoke at the final meeting, saying the program had taken the city of Honiara by storm. One of those baptized on Sabbath was the (former) president of the third-largest Christian denomination in the Solomon Islands. Pastor Peter Aboufa gave a testimony about the joy of joining the Adventist Church to an audience of about 10,000 just before the baptism.