Summer 2012: Colorado Report
Summary: Read testimonies from Victor and Nettie Gill's Colorado series

Victor and Nettie Gill recently returned from a trip to Colorado to host an evangelistic series. This spring’s series was held in Longmont, Colorado for the Vista SDA Fellowship from February 24 – April 7. The Vista Church meets in the First Baptist Church in Longmont as they do not have a building of their own. This small church has approximately 30+ members, but they are very eager to spread the Three Angels’ Messages to those in the community.

Our first evening saw 40 non-members come to the Amazing Discoveries meeting. As this series was held in the Baptist Church, a number of their members came to hear the lecture. When some of these members found out it was put on by Seventh-day Adventists, they did not return, although a number of them continued to come. The second night approximately 27 non-members came and about 25 of these attended on a regular basis until the fifteenth night when the numbers dropped to 17 – 20 and stayed there until the end of the series. Many of the people were really thrilled with what they learned. A number of individuals had been to other SDA meetings and knew what it was all about, but even these said they had not understood the messages like they now did.

Individual Testimonies

People from all walks of life attended the series.

  1. For example, one dear lady came who had a lot of personal issues from childhood. She was so broken and told us of the abuse she suffered as a child. When welfare took her out of her home, she was placed in a foster home that sold her body for the sex trade for a period of nine years until she finally ran away.
  2. One day she was at a laundromat, weeping because of her brokenness and from having never really known any love in her life. A young Mexican gentleman came in to do his laundry and asked what was troubling her. When she told him her story, he said, “I will marry you and take care of you.” Two weeks later they were married. He is a very kind and gentle man who taught her how to love their sons when they were born and stayed with her through two nervous breakdowns. He has always tried to encourage her and give her self-worth. She said he was an angel that came in answer to her prayers for help, and she has now asked to be baptized and to join with God’s Remnant Church. Her husband did not come to any of the meetings, but he does not oppose her in the decision she has made.

  3. A young man living common law with his girlfriend attended the meetings. Since the girlfriend is involved with the New Age Movement and has become a channeler, she wasn’t too happy with these meetings. We suggested that the young man separate and leave the relationship as the girlfriend was not at all interested in what he was involved with. Although this was a very difficult decision for him, = he finally made the decision to leave and to be baptized. We praised the Lord! He bought himself a little trailer and moved it to the place where he is working. He now lives here apart from his girlfriend.
  4. Another attendee was an 80-year-old lady who looked like she was 60. This was her third series and she was attending church services quite regularly. When you looked at her, you wondered if she would ever be able to break with her past and be a part of the Adventist Church. She loved her jewelry and coordinated every outfit. We wondered how she would react to our stand on jewelry and began praying about it as we could see that the messages were really impressing her heart.
  5. One evening when we went to visit her, she was not wearing her jewelry. Vic felt he should approach the subject and so he asked her, “Have you ever noticed that the ladies of our church do not wear jewelry?” She replied, “Why no, I never noticed!” Then Vic went on to explain the Biblical stand on jewelry. She was absolutely shocked. She said, “Does it really say all that? I never knew that there were texts like those in the Bible. My, I hope that the people in church don’t think I’m some sort of harlot!” We assured her they did not think that of her but loved her and were looking forward to her being a part of the church body. She said that from now on she would not wear it anymore as she did not want to dishonor the Lord. Vic baptized her the last Sabbath we were there.

  6. A Baptist man came to the meetings night after night and sat in the front row. Apparently, one of the Baptist ministers asked him to go and see what these meetings were all about, and now he has requested baptism as well! He wants his daughter to be baptized with him, but as she did not attend very many meetings, she will need to be worked with further.
  7. A number of people are attending church services as they are convicted on the Sabbath. They have not requested membership, but they will be worked with and prayed for until that becomes a reality. One of these individuals is an alcoholic who we are praying will gain God’s victory over this addiction. She is a very talented lady who is involved in various artistic groups in the community. She is witnessing to her friends already about the things she has learned.
  8. Another baptism is being planned for the last Sabbath in April. When Vic made the call at the baptism, six individuals stood indicating they wanted to be part of that baptism. There are others that believe and, in time, will take their stand as well. The Elder of the church and his wife hold Bible studies in their home each Friday evening as part of the follow-up. Last Friday evening they had 33 guests who attended. They always begin with a vegan supper for everyone and then sit down to study the Bible. This has been the couple’s practice for about fifteen years. They are doing something a little different this time, however, by deciding to listen to Walter Veith’s “Total Onslaught” series for their Bible study.

Please pray for the people of Longmont and the Vista SDA Fellowship. They are very much in earnest about seeing the work finished so that Jesus can come and take us all home together. We all have a part to play towards this end.

It is the privilege of every Christian, not only to look for, but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Were all who profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last harvest would be ripened and Christ would come to gather the precious grain.” Testimonies, Vol. 8, p. 22-23.

This should be our only aim and prayer.

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