Proposed Program to Train Intra-State Missionaries:
Reaching out to all of the people in the 88 Ohio counties will require a large number dedicated workers that will need financial help - it is not possible to do it on the cheap. No! Witnessing in the work place is not the place to make converts. Yes, there will some who do become members through conversations, but the workers are hired to do their assigned job - not a missionary job.
What the Intra-State Missionary program is not? It is not an attempt to start an
"Off Shoot" movement that would operate outside the Corporate Seventh-day Adventist church. The Seventh-day Adventist church has seen to many of them that think they need to work outside of the church structure and often end up as a detraction and failure. We cannot allow our forces to be divided. Divide and conquer is Satan's plan.
Any program for it to be a success must work within Corporate organization. If the proposed Intra-State Missionary training program is to be a success we must trust that God will direct the best selection of leaders to lead it. The last message in the Old Testament is one of a unifying message. Malachi 4:5-6 The Elijah message is a healing message, a bringing believers in the soon return of Jesus together.
The Intra-State Missionary program goal is to train workers to go into the counties where there are no Seventh-day Adventist churches to establish a new church in the community.
The following statements from the writing of Sister White tell what will take place as a result of the latter rain. Connect them with another statement from Testimonies, vol. 1, p. 261. It is clear that some action on our part must precede an greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit than on the day of Pentecost.
"This message will close with power and strength far exceeding the midnight cry. Servants of God, endowed with power from on high, with their faces lighted up, and shining with Holy consecration, went forth to proclaim the message from heaven."
"Many were praising God. The sick were healed, and other miracles were wrought. A Spirit of intercession was seen, even as was manifested before the great Day of Pentecost. Hundreds and thousands were seen visiting families and opening before them the Word of God. Hearts were convicted by the power of the Holy Spirit, and a spirit of genuine conversion was manifest. On every side doors were thrown open to the proclamation of the truth. The world seemed to be lightened with the heavenly influence."
"I was shown God's people waiting for some change to take place,--a compelling power to take hold of them. But they will be disappointed, for they are wrong. They must act; they must take hold of the work themselves, and earnestly cry to God for a true knowledge of themselves. The scenes which are passing before us are of sufficient magnitude to cause us to arouse and urge the truth home to the hearts of all who will listen. The harvest of the earth is nearly ripe." --Testimonies, vol. 1, p. 261 If that was true more than a hundred years ago, is it any less true today?
Our universities are training young people to be ministers for the churches. There is a need in the closing movement that will require a much larger number of people trained as Missionaries. The Missionary does a different work than the minister as they meet people in the public square i.e. where the people are. The front line missionary is making the initial contact and establishes the interest, the minister completes the new believer to a full understanding the salvation offered by our Savior.
Who are these new Missionaries?
The new Missionary will stay within the state and will come in many forms. First and foremost they will know the Bible and have personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be able to effectively communicate it to others. They will do a similar work, but all their work is directed to bring souls to Jesus as their personal Savior. A prime requisite for those chosen for the training program is they must have a marketable skill like the tentmaker Paul.
It is important that the new Intra-State Missionary that is sent out in the field must be given financial assistance to get them started and sustain them in their work. Having a skilled trade will give them a sense of security that only comes with having skilled trade training.
The work of these newly trained workers will be varied. Some will be a leader of small groups, others will be a Literature Evangelist selling our books, still others will be Bible workers helping new converts to understand the scriptures. This is not a new concept, but a renewal of what was the norm when our family became members of the Seventh-day Adventist church over seventy years ago.
The Intra-State Missionary program will not be a degree school, but give only a certificate of completion and given help to establish them getting started in their field to work. Establishing such a school will take funding. Sustaining the new workers will likewise take funding. The proposed plan will provide funds for the school will be the same one as the early Christian church followed. Acts.4:32 "And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common."
See where the funds for the program come from in the page - 'Funding the new Intra-State School'.