The Sunnydale Church, in conjunction with Sunnydale Adventist Academy, recently completed a 10-day evangelistic series for SAA students. As a result of these meetings, 13 students expressed interest in further Bible studies and 15 expressed interest in baptism or rebaptism.
Each night, an SAA student presented on that night’s topic to their peers. In addition to presenting, some students acted as table leaders who helped facilitate discussion and guide other students through It Is Written’s “Revelation Today” study guide.
“This evangelistic series really helped me because it was an opportunity to spread what I learned [at Sunnydale] about God,” said Jinelle Gallen, evangelistic series presenter and junior at SAA.
The event was not mandatory, but, according to Sunnydale pastor Lou Alfalah, up to 60 students attended at one time. Because of when the event was held, many seniors were unable to attend as it conflicted with their schedules.
“We are at a disadvantage because the series was held at the end of the year. We don’t have a lot of time left to work with them on campus,” Alfalah said. “The plus side is that most of the attendees were juniors and sophomores, [so they will be returning next year].”
According to Victoria Tobing, SAA assistant chaplain, SAA will be contacting the churches in home areas of students who expressed interest in baptism or Bible studies.
“We are going to try our hardest to get [the interested students] connected to someone who can study with them over the summer,” Tobing added.