In just one week, 27,000 new members joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Peru in what is believed to be the largest increase ever over such a time period.
The baptisms, held throughout the country, accompanied the “Impacto 2000” outreach program held at the San Marcos Stadium in Lima by evangelist Alejandro Bullon. The program was watched live on TV, cable and satellite broadcasts in Peru and in the Spanish-speaking areas of South and Inter-America.
“This shows that no one knows what God will do,” comments pastor Raul Gomez, leader of the Adventist Church in Peru. “Jesus just said go and make disciples. That’s what we as pastors and lay members are doing, through small groups studying the Bible together.”
Participating in the finale of the program called “Es Tiempo de Ver a Jesús,” (“It is Time to See Jesus”) was Pastor Jan Paulsen, world president of the Adventist Church, and Pastor Ruy Nagel, president of the Church in South America. Paulsen concluded the event by baptizing the final two candidates, Victor and Roberto, on May 27.
“This event well illustrates the amazing church growth here in Peru and throughout South America,” comments Paulsen. “For my wife Kari and myself, this has been a truly astonishing experience-to see the Holy Spirit working in so many ways to lead to this dramatic event of Impacto 2000. We are just so delighted to be part of this-to be present as so many have committed their lives to the Lord.”
Evangelist Bullon, a native of Peru, says this is a result of the whole Church working together to reach friends and neighbors.
“Christ is waking us up, and the Holy Spirit is preparing His church,” he says. “This is the result of the personal enthusiasm of lay members. Even my 75 year-old mother is out looking for people to study with and to invite to the meetings. I can’t give 50,000 Bible studies, but the members can. I just preach and give the call. Together we can do great things for God.”
The broadcasts were coordinated by Pastor Williams Costa, Jr., director of the Adventist Church’s South American Division media center, ADSAT, with headquarters in Brazil.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is the second-largest denomination in Peru with some 500,000 members.