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Sheridan, Wyoming has a population of 18,000, yet just 50 members from the Sheridan Adventist Church are making a difference for Christ. Here is their story:
“The church is on fire right now,” shares Sheridan pastor, Chuck Gadway, speaking about member commitment to and involvement with the recent 26-night series on the Book of Revelation held at their church.
People from the community came in response to flyers mailed and Bible studies already in progress. The results from the meetings were heartening. Eight people were baptized by pastoral assistant Benton Davis and welcomed into fellowship. Six more await another day, while ten are studying.
Members helped with visitation, Bible studies, making friends, leading out in small groups, and training new members to lead small groups.
Wes, who was raised a Roman Catholic, is “super excited and really on fire,” says Gadway. Although sick during the first baptism, he anxiously awaits the next.
“I didn’t know anything about Adventists,” Wes explained, “but remembered working with Tony Gowler [Sheridan Church member] a few years ago and couldn’t have asked for a more Christian man. He just exhibited the love of Christ.”
He tried to get Tony into arguments, but all he got from Tony was smiles and friendliness. “He wouldn’t argue,” Wes explained. “I found out when I came to the meetings, Wes continued, “that everyone is like that.”
“I can’t wait to be part of this family,” Wes exclaimed.
Others who attended related that nobody had ever loved them, that they didn’t know what love was. They discovered, during the meetings, that Jesus loves them and that His love is sufficient.
We could say "it sounds like a pastor's dream."
“So much of the church is excited and participating,” Pastor Gadway comments. “They want to keep this going. They want this to be [just] the start.”
[Carol Bolden; photo by Rebecca Pooley]