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ARISE and the Youth Revival of Our Church

July 2, 2018 | David Asscherick

There is a genuine revival taking place among the youth and young adults of my local church. Read that first sentence again, please. And again.

This is not a hyperbole or exaggeration; it’s the wonderful, God-glorifying truth. Let me tell you the story.

ARISE held its first Australian program at the Kingscliff Church in early 2013, five years ago. Since that inaugural program, there has been an Australian ARISE program every year. These ARISE programs, based on our The Story curriculum, last about 14 weeks. The first year we had 26 students, including several of our local church’s young adults. Every year since 2013 the number of students has increased, until the last two years we’ve reached our maximum capacity which is about 45 students.

This year we had 44 and 23 of them were teenagers.

Teenagers!

This is coming at a time when the church is increasingly and desperately wrestling with the fact that we are losing many of our young people. Estimates vary, but the numbers are sobering …
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David Asscherick

Speaker
Light Bearers

News Flash: Burkina Faso

June 1, 2018 | Meiring Pretorius

“At least 35 people have died and 90 more were injured after a series of attacks in Burkina Faso, believed to have been conducted by Islamic extremists. Seven soldiers were killed in the country’s capital Ouagadougou after gunmen open fired on the French Embassy and army headquarters. Eight of the militants were killed during the attacks in the former French colony and several other people were wounded among the security forces.”

As I am reading and reflecting on this news flash, memories and feelings flash back into my mind. I can still hear the blast of the car bomb. I can still feel the shake of the church building. I can still see the panic on the faces in front of me. I can still hear the gunshots fired in the street around the corner of the Adventist Mission in Burkina Faso. “What is happening?” my mind screamed. I had never been in a situation like this before!

It was Friday morning, March 3. My plane landed in Burkina Faso …
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Meiring Pretorius

Light Bearers Field Representative

A Channel of Light

April 6, 2018 | James Rafferty

As I moved through our publishing house today, checking the inventory, I felt a sense of urgency to get literature out the door. Things are changing. The world is changing. The ability to send gospel-filled containers around the world is changing.

Great changes often happen quickly and without notice. In Christ’s time, John was preaching in the wilderness, pointing people to Jesus. The next thing we know, he’s being persecuted by civil authority for opposing immoral lifestyles. Does that sound familiar?

Today, we in America still have a good amount of freedom compared to some other nations where gospel literature is forbidden. We can still be like John, who bore “witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world” (John 1:7-8).

That’s what we’ve always believed about Light Bearers. We are a channel of light. Or, as John says, we …
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James Rafferty

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Land of Fire and Warm Hearts

March 2, 2018 | Ty Gibson

One of the best experiences I’ve ever had as an evangelist was in Malawi. I preached from a wooden platform constructed of an odd mixture of wood, sheet metal, bricks, and colorful cloth. Speakers were hung in trees. There were a few chairs, but most of the thousands of people in attendance stood or sat on the ground. Their faces—wide eyes, looking with intense interest—are forever imprinted on my memory.

After my first two nights of preaching, a group of brothers pulled me aside to share something with me. Their demeanor indicated that they were nervous and had something of a sensitive nature to say. I could never have guessed what they were going to tell me. “Pastor,” their chosen spokesperson said with humility and respect, “is it possible when you are preaching that you could sometimes jump, and also shout?” Caught off guard a little (or a lot), I fumbled in my response.

“Jump? You mean… like… jump… like… up off the platform?”

“Yes,” they instructed. “Just bend your …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Invisible Possibilities

February 2, 2018 | Meiring Pretorius

The Eastern and Western Tanzania Conferences organized a series of public evangelistic meetings for June 2017. With 300 Seventh-day Adventist churches in the city of Dar es Salaam and every church hosting three separate sites, the effort was huge (900 sites altogether). Backed up with a container of Bible lessons from Light Bearers Ministry, the result was astounding—105,000 souls baptized! By getting all the churches to work together, we were able to further Total Member Involvement (TMI). Many evangelists are working in the newly sown fields and every member is embracing a new convert.

The gospel, channeled through literature from Light Bearers Ministry, awakens in many hearts a desire to know God and share Him. It changes people from the inside. Through their testimonies, I have found that many are searching for Truth and they have found it through the Bible lessons and have been set free.

But I had mixed feelings—at first—when a young man by the name of Peter Daudi spoke to me about his ministry in the …
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Meiring Pretorius

Light Bearers Field Representative

Anchored Trajectory

January 5, 2018 | Fred Bischoff

The status quo is not sustainable, and forgetfulness is deadly. We must move, and we must remember.

These words could describe the mission of Adventist Pioneer Library (APL). Let’s do a quick update on what’s transpiring.

One’s God-provided identity is anchored in beginnings. Whether it’s one’s DNA, a Declaration of Independence, a manger in Bethlehem, or a creation account, the origin, as incomplete as it may be, defines who we are and why we are. As Seventh-day Adventists, we can fearlessly move into the future by maintaining a firm connection with each emergence God crafted that has determined our current existence. Don’t get distracted by roots that are not ours!

The commencement of our movement is thoroughly documented and preserved. And in the last 30 years, those documents are accessible in ways that are proving both providential and essential. God has enabled APL to have a small part in making this possible.

In facing the current challenges, we are being called to examine history. Were the sources not available, we …
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Fred Bischoff

Adventist Pioneer Library
Light Bearers

Doors Open in India

December 8, 2017 | Light Bearers

It was November of 2001—November 5 to be exact. Sixteen years ago!

That was the last time and the only other time that Light Bearers managed to get a container of gospel literature into India. Now God has again prevailed, this time through a group of super committed believers who went beyond the call of duty to make it happen. One man left his work and home for three weeks and basically camped out at the port of call to get this container full of gospel literature cleared. The custom officials brought up one issue after another, even complaining about the fact that we had sent them used Bibles instead of new ones. (Light Bearers ships donated Bibles that are still in good condition to supplement our literature, so please keep them coming.) Finally, after much prayer and work on the part of our brothers in India, the container was cleared and now the precious gospel literature is making its way into hearts and homes throughout this great country where …
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God's Own Grapes by David Asscherick

God’s Own Grapes

October 30, 2017 | David Asscherick

Every ARISE class is a miracle. And not just a miracle, but miracles upon miracles. Like a cluster of delicious grapes, each one is amazing in itself and the cluster magnifies the miracle all the more. This 2017 class is no exception!

This year one of the “grapes” is a Pakistani young man named Zeerick, 18, who preached his first sermon at age four and his first evangelistic series at age six! What’s even more amazing than this, is that, after five years of marriage, Zeerick’s parents could not get pregnant and James Rafferty, while visiting Pakistan 19 years ago, prayed for them that they would be able to have a child! That child is now at ARISE, where James teaches!

What else can you call this except a miracle?

Then there’s Jeremy. Jeremy felt the pull of same-sex attraction as a teenager and, though raised in a Christian home, left the church before he was 20. That decision led to nearly two decades of participation in the LGBT lifestyle …
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David Asscherick

Speaker
Light Bearers

A Day in the Life of Light Bearers by Ty Gibson

A Day in the Life of Light Bearers

September 29, 2017 | Ty Gibson

It’s 6 AM and already 17 new emails have appeared in my inbox. No, wait, four more just arrived, so make that 21. By 9 o’clock there will be 40 or more. Here’s one from Stephanie, who coordinates literature shipments from Light Bearers. She is excited to share the good news that the container of gospel tracts we’ve been trying to get cleared for distribution in India has just been officially released from customs. “Praise God,” I reply. Here’s another email from Karl announcing that all the new students for the 2017 ARISE discipleship program are now situated in the dorm and ready for the first day of class. Here’s another one from a brother who lives New York City explaining that he has been so powerfully impacted by watching Table Talk—our discussion format television program—that it has “saved my life and my marriage and delivered me from addiction.”

they will be testifying to the radical transformation that has occurred in their perception of God, themselves, and others.

After a …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

The Continuing Reformation by Ty Gibson

The Continuing Reformation

September 1, 2017 | Ty Gibson

“The Protestant Reformation was the 16th-century religious, political, intellectual and cultural upheaval that splintered Catholic Europe.”

That’s how the History Channel website defines the Protestant Reformation—as an historical event that “was,” something that happened a long time ago. What I’d like to suggest is that the Reformation is still under way, right now, and that you and I can be part of helping to move it forward to completion.

First, according to Scripture, God is in the process of bringing about the “restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21). So think of history in general as a restoration project that God is guiding forward until everything is back the way it’s supposed to be, back to the place where evil is banished from existence and all relationships are defined by faithful love.

Secondly, the Protestant Reformation is only one part of this restoration process, beginning in the fourteenth century with the bold move of John Wycliffe to openly suggest that (1) each individual has direct access to God and should obey …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers