Following God's Call
HOUSTON – The Houston International Seventh-day Adventist Church mission team follows The Great Commission to teach all nations. The team has traveled to eight countries in the continents of Asia, Africa and South America resulting in close to 2,000 baptisms, six church plants and constructions, thousands of literature distributions, 5,000 Bible studies and hundreds of patients seen for health care needs.
The team visited North Sumatra, Indonesia, for the second time in early June 2018. A typical day for the volunteers started with worship and breakfast at seven in the morning. Two hours later, the team headed to the clinic site with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, a dentist, a pharmacist and other volunteers. In all, 280 patients received care. Once the clinic ended around two in the afternoon, the team had lunch then retreated to rest before the reaping series at six in the evening. They held the evangelistic meetings in Northern Sumatra at Porsea, Laguboti, Balige, and Parsoburan concurrently. The team was divided to support the meetings at the four sites leading in special music, health nuggets, sermons, Q&A with gifts for attendees, and a children’s program. After five days of evangelistic meetings, 34 people gave their lives to Jesus and were baptized on the last Sabbath of the mission trip. The Bible workers and pastors in the host country will continue working with the baptized individuals for an additional three months to ensure they are grounded in the faith.
By Judy Motanya and Steven Mbola
Photos by Lydia Mbola