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Revelation Speaks Peace meetings continue at Ellie Caulkins Opera House drawing varying numbers--as many as 1,340 some nights and as few as 500. There has been a strong response from those in attendance.
Leaving Ellie Caulkins after the meetings, church members have remarked, “I’ve heard the topic presented my whole life, but I learned something new tonight.”
The nearly 400 volunteers usually work all day and rush to get to the meetings so that they can serve as greeters, ushers, registrants, and fill other roles, yet they are “excited and full of energy,” according to Eric Nelson, RMC vice-president for administration who oversees the volunteers.
He believes the series has been a blessing to our members and has “enlivened our churches.” Pastors have been excited to “see interested guests who are genuinely seeking and drinking in the clarity of the message.”
One attendee said they were impressed to look in a public trash can as they passed by. They discovered a handbill for Revelation Speaks Peace that someone had discarded and decided to attend the meetings. They believe the impression to look in the trash can was from God shares Kurt Johnson, director of the VOP Discover Bible School.
Byron (above left) attended the RSP meetings at the invitation of Pastor Bob Reynolds who had visited him in prison before his very recent release. When he expressed a desire to be baptized, it was arranged for January 23 during Revelation Speaks Peace.
"His baptism expresses his commitment to the Lord and is a powerful witness of what the Lord is doing in his life," said Reynolds. Members at his church (True Life Community) have invited him into their lives as he begins this new direction.
Diane (above right) mailed in a Bible study request which she had received by mail. Given to the Denver West Church, it was followed up by Ruddy Vivanco whose studies with her led to baptism.
Several ushers who work at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House have shown an interest in the meetings and the lead usher allowed them to go inside the auditorium when the music begins and the guests are seated. Some are even completing the Bible study lessons each night.
The excitement is palpable in the following story shared by Pastor Christian Martin.
"It's one thing, he says," to go the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in downtown Denver. It's another to step into the world of the ordinary men and women who are attending. Revelation Speaks Peace. Yesterday I stepped into five homes, listened to five real-life stories of ordinary people and now I'm seeing one amazing God begin something extraordinary in each of their lives."
Paul was pursuing fame and riches in Los Angeles, but ended up in Denver looking for meaning in life. Charles is an alcoholic and drug user from New York and a victim of lung cancer who was given only six months to live six years ago. Nancy is always searching for a deeper understanding of Scripture. She prayed for her boyfriend to come out of a gang. She recently celebrated 30 days of being smoke-free. Both she and her boyfriend are attending the meetings. Julie is battling an autoimmune disease and Lyme's disease, yet she is passionate about trusting in God and knowing Him. Eric is a former gangster who was homeless, but now has his life back together. He senses that God is calling him to something even greater.
And what do these five very different people have in common? They all have made a decision to follow Christ through baptism. And there are several others.
"I have the greatest joy of cooperating with God in getting them ready to walk in the newness of life," shares Pastor Martin. “This is why I love public evangelism.”
RMCNews with Eric Nelson, Kurt Johnson, and Christian Martin.