Recently, I, along with ten other lay preachers of the district, were asked to conduct Indoor Campaigns throughout the district. Excerpts from Pastor Evan's Comprehensive Handbook for Christian Victory were photocopied and sent to us. I was scheduled to conduct my campaign at Bonte, four miles from Busunyaa, my hometown.
The campaign was to last two weeks. Because I teach during the day, I was unable to stay in Bonte. I had to travel there every day and return each evening. Since there were no commercial vehicles on that route, my only means of transportation was a bicycle. Unfortunately, I am not a bicycle rider. I had to get a volunteer from the church to take me to and from Bonte on a bicycle.
The ride was not an easy one. The road was rough and sitting on the bare iron handle of the bicycle was very uncomfortable. Sometimes my companion and I had to disembark when we came to very bad parts of the road. It was scary walking in the dark, knowing that we were exposed and could be prey for dangerous snakes and scorpions. Fortunately, our merciful Father saw us safely through during those two weeks.
The Bonte church members were excited about the campaign and invited many guests. I had been given rich material from which to preach and I felt moved by the Omnipotent Spirit. The sermon delivery was successful each night and the response from the congregation was positive. Each night questions were asked, answers were given and God's presence could be felt.
Response to the altar calls increased each night. On the last night of the campaign, twenty-four souls came forward. Twenty of those souls were baptized two weeks later.
The uncomfortable experiences on the bicycle in no way reduced the exceeding joy of seeing twenty souls give their lives to Christ. I thank the merciful Father for the rich, spiritual experience. May He grant me even greater evangelistic achievements in the future.