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In the historic town of Sheridan, Wyoming where the Old West still casts its charm and cowboys meet over coffee, the small country Seventh-day Adventist Church with some 30 attending members is holding an evangelistic series for its community, a community of more than 18, 000.
Meeting six days each week for three to four weeks, RMC president Ed Barnett, lay members, Diane Larkin, Linda Kelly, and Bob Pooley, along with Pastor Chuck Gadway present the gospel to the nearly 20 visitors, a number that almost doubles their current attendance.
The members are “very loving and caring,” comments Barnett, who didn’t want to spend time doing evangelism if the members weren’t going to welcome new people into the family. Two have already asked to be baptized and Barnett believes that number will climb to five by the end of the series.
The Sheridan pastor “is a real evangelist, a great preacher,” said Barnett of Chuck Gadway who pastors not only the Sheridan Church, but also Gillette, Buffalo, Newcastle, and Upton.
During the Sheridan gatherings, the first six meetings presented the primacy of Jesus Christ, explained Barnett, and went on to cover prophecies and a number of Adventist beliefs. “It’s not enough just to love Jesus,” he continued, quoting the verse from John 14:15 which says, “If you love me, keep my commands.” Accepting Jesus means that our life will change and our love will manifest itself in the way we live.
With the goal of presenting two evangelistic series each year, Barnett is already booked through 2019.
An 11-year-old visitor, attending with her grandmother who became an Adventist a couple years ago, said, “I want to be baptized like my grandma.”
--Carol Bolden; top photo by Ed Barnett