Dear Fellow Worker for Christ:
I hope and pray that you and your families are enjoying a wonderful summer! My family and I are thrilled to be a part of this great Conference and are loving living in the beautiful Northwest! We are also looking forward to meeting each of you.
Allow me to share a little from my heart. I am more and more convicted of the significant and momentous times in which we live. The calling which we individually have responded to and the accompanying ministry and journey is a supremely spiritual one. As such, we must make sure we are turning daily to our Lord to find our source of wisdom and strength to carry forward this great work. Our eyes must be fixed on Christ (Heb. 12:1-2).
I have also been impressed over the past few months with the reality that our members individually - and as an extension, our churches - all across our Conference truly need a spiritual refreshing - a heavenly refreshing that will help us by faith lay hold of the power of God in order to do great things for God.
God wants to manifest His power among His people - but we must be men and women of faith and prayer - who then get to work for Him. We are motivated by our love for Christ and the joy and privilege of being His disciple. However, prayer stands as the foundation of all labor for Christ. Prayer and Revival go hand in hand. I am convinced that the work that lays before us as a church, the harvest that surrounds us on every hand - will never be reached unless we all, workers and members alike, surrender our lives anew to Jesus and pray for the boldness, faith and power that only His Spirit can bring.
As such, I want to invite each of you to join me in praying for the refreshing baptism of the Holy Spirit - to revive us individually and all of us corporately as a church. Invite your members to get on their knees together and pray. (See this link to an interesting article at the opportunities we face today https://www.southern.edu/marketing/Documents/COLUMNS-summer09.pdf - see pages 12-13.)
There is a compelling picture that Ellen White was given of what the church would be like or look like right before the second coming of Jesus. This is the church we are to become. These are the priorities we are to have. She tells of what she saw in vision this way:
"In visions of the night, representations passed before me of a great reformatory movement among God's people. Many were praising God. The sick were healed, and other miracles were wrought. A spirit of intercession was seen, even as was manifested before the great Day of Pentecost. Hundreds and thousands were seen visiting families and opening before them the word of God. Hearts were convicted by the power of the Holy Spirit, and a spirit of genuine conversion was manifested. On every side doors were thrown open to the proclamation of the truth. The world seemed to be lighted with the heavenly influence. Great blessings were received by the true and humble people of God." 9T 126.
At the center of this word picture are the words - "a spirit of intercession was seen." Like the disciples in the upper room, earnestly praying for the promised Holy Spirit before Pentecost, we too - now nearing the very end of the age - are again called to pray; to intercede. I want to invite you and your family, to pray like never before. Our spiritual life and the survival of our churches depends on the blessings we must receive from our heavenly Father. Pray; pray without ceasing. Pray for a great revival to sweep across the inland northwest!
As an office staff, we have committed to start each day on our knees. At 7:30 a.m. each morning we will be praying for this blessing from God. Wherever you are in our territory; whatever post God has called you to - won't you join us in praying for His blessing - the outpouring of His Spirit?
Bob Folkenberg, Jr.