Revival and Reformation Stories

We are collecting stories that show how prayer is making a significant difference in bringing about revival, reformation and mission. These stories of answered prayers may feature an individual, a local church or a larger community. We will place these stories, from around the world, on a map. You can submit your story here. It is our prayerful hope that these stories will be a source of inspiration and encouragement to you.

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Unied Prayer, United Blessings

Doris Johnson of the Ephesus Adventist Church in Richmond, Virgina, started a ministry to assist the men and women of the church who had lost a spouse. She wanted to engage them in activities to assist in healing after their loss. She called the group the Widowed Person’s Ministry, and one of the objectives of the group was to participate in the 2014 Ten Days of Prayer. The group set up a call line, and every day at 6:00 a.m., approximately 35 people called in. Participants had a burning desire to…

New Chinese Work Opens in Thailand

Chinese students Cheng Yin and Liu Meng wanted to serve as missionaries. After high school graduation, they decided to go to the 1000 Missionary Movement in the Philippines to better learn how to share their faith.  After three months, they were sent to Thailand, where they settled in the northern town of Mae Salong, in the Chiangrai Province. There, they were to open up new work among the Chinese people.  The Thailand Mission rented a place that would serve as a center of influence and introduced…

Beauty Out of Bitterness

Many revival stories begin with one or more setbacks. This story is no different. A church had requested that the conference give them a specific pastor, but the conference did not grant their request, and many members became bitter.…

Prayer Tents, Balloons, and Tea Parties


 
The Central Brazil Union Conference held a conference-wide Ten Days of Prayer and Fasting, February 13-22, 2014.  Area churches were creative in their methods to involve members and non-members alike in prayer. Read some of their experiences below:   

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When Flood Waters Rose

Church Planter Thearith Sim came up to Chenda at church one day and asked, “Will you pray about becoming a literacy teacher in your village?” Chenda was stunned by his question. “Why me?” she wondered. She had barely said a word in church because she was so shy. She always sat way in the back, minding her own business. “How could I ever stand in front of children and teach?” She was flooded with questions and fears, but she confessed her fears to the Lord and…

God's Open Ears and Ready Replies

Terad Banjam (of the Hmong people) has planted four churches in the Vientiane province of Laos with 107 members already, and still growing. On his way home from a training, which focused on united prayer and the Holy Spirit, his heart was burdened. He thought, “I’m working hard for God to bring people to Him yet I still have many relatives of mine who do not worship God!” He knelt down right there in the pathway and cried, “God, if you are…

Radio Program Prepares Listeners for Baptism

A few months ago we reported that at the conclusion of the Ten Days of Prayer in January, eighty-five people were baptized in Monrovia, Liberia. They had been listening to “The Berean Hour,” a live call-in radio program on Radio Advent FM, and had responded to the invitation…

The Invercargill Church Story

Recognizing that the church was in decline, the Invercargill Seventh-day Adventist Church embarked on a journey some years ago to work through some tough issues. "First, we began to take the spirituality of the members seriously. Next, with a continuing focus on discipleship, we initiated a number of on-going community projects to connect the church with the community. As a result, we were able to move closer to our desired vision of being ‘that caring church where you and your…

Evangelical Pastor Rediscovers Truth

José Tavares first learned about the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Osasco, Sao Paulo, Brazil and was baptized in 1977. Two years later, and in need of money, Tavares was invited to work as a pastor-teacher for an evangelical church. It was a prestigious and lucrative calling. He received…

Paradise Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church Ministry to Refugees

This story was provided by the Ministerial…

Building Bridges

God has been doing big things this year in San Francisco! A team of 17 "cross" trainers are currently working with 13 of the 14 churches in the San Francisco area, to disciple church members in outreach and ministry. And in April about 600 Adventist volunteers participated in Bridges to Health, an outreach event that brought free medical and dental services to almost 3,000 people in San Francisco and Oakland over a three-day period. This medical outreach was organized and sponsored by the Pacific…

The Garden City Fellowship Journey


The Garden City Fellowship, a young church plant in Christchurch, New Zealand, has experienced a number of miracles in the five years it has been together. It started with a handful of leaders meeting together a few times a week to pray for their church members and their team. “Then we turned the prayer times into prayer walks through the Christchurch…

Club Sehat - Jakarta

Vision One Mission

More than 15,000 members in the South Colombia Union, of the Inter-American Division, are actively involved in recruiting, training, deploying, and motivating one million members to live in readiness for Christ’s return, and be active witnesses, reports Dr. Balvin Braham, Assistant to the Division President, Inter-American Division. Participants of Vision One Mission are involved in Revived by His Word (the daily Bible reading plan), daily prayer initiatives, (prayer…

NY13 Stories

"When the cities are worked as God would have them, the result will be the setting in operation of a mighty movement such as we have not yet witnessed.” Medical Ministry p. 304

There is evidence that this promise is being fulfilled.  As members are engaging in comprehensive ministries…

Tokyo 13

The population of Metropolitan Tokyo (including Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba) today is 37 million--the world’s most populated metropolitan city.  Currently there are just 3500 Adventist members with only 20 small churches, making a ratio-to-population of 1: 10,000.  Many of the church members are older than…

Luanda For Christ

After 25 years of civil strife, the country of Angola is now
ripe for a harvest.  As a follow-up to Dr Paul Ratsara’s call to intentional urban evangelism earlier this year, “Luanda for Christ” was launched in the presence of more than 20 000 Adventists. More than 4510 series of evangelistic meetings were conducted in the city of Luanda, Angola since February 2013 by local Pastors, visiting Evangelists from Brazil and dedicated lay-people.  As a result, a combined baptism of 17 000 precious…

Revival Wave Beginning in Fiji

“Words cannot describe the revival that took place in Fiji, June 14-28, 2013! The
mission president invited me to go to 18 locations throughout the country to
preach on revival and reformation. Everyone from the leadership to the lay
people embraced the message on prayer and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

“Every night the pastors took me to a different district where two or more churches came
together to hear the message. After the presentation, we…




Youth Pray Through the Night

Recently 500 young people from all over the Mizo Conference
in India came together for Ten Days of Prayer, August 1-10, 2013.  They alternately met together and prayed throughout
the day and into the night.  

During the last three days, many young people gave their testimonies. With tears in their
eyes, they shared from their hearts what changes they had experiences, and what
God had done in their lives. For three nights, the majority of them stayed up all
night,…




Spanish Church Plants an English Church in South Bronx, New York

The Fusion SDA Church was organized as a company on January
5, 2013, by the Mott Haven Spanish Church. Young people, between the ages of
13-28, took the initiative and went out to serve their community, and today
more than 40 people meet there every Sabbath. The young people are the leaders and
elders of the church. Several of them are professionals. There are very few
older adults. They were organized as a church in September, 2013.

True miracles have been taking…






Action Groups Revive Doubting Elder and Dying Church

A local elder in Spain attended a seminar for area pastors, elders, and lay members. When the leader presented the topic of Sabbath School action groups, a local elder spoke out  against it and said, “We have tried many things in our church, and nothing seems to work. Now you come with a new idea for us to try, and it won’t work! We’re not doing this in my church.”  The leader tried to reason with the man, but he wouldn’t hear of it. 

The Driver and a 777 Prayer

Recently, Pastor Mark Finley flew into Manado, Indonesia, to conduct evangelistic meetings.  A local church member met him at the airport and was driving him to his hotel, when his phone rang, causing the driver to veer across several…

Impact Scandinavia

Have you ever been so blessed that you feel it is hard to take everything in and you are simply overwhelmed? As I sit here and ponder over the last week and half, I can only say that God is amazing. And even though I know that my words will fall short in describing how awesome He is and how blessed I have been, I am still going…

NY13 and Mission to the Cities

 

Solomon Islands: Non-Adventist Village Keeps Sabbath and Returns Tithe

A Regional Director in the Solomon Islands Mission on the Island of Makira (East Solomon Islands) tells about a group who turned up at the Regional office one day with a bag of money and handed it over to the Pastor. "What's this for?" he asked. "That's the tithe from our village for the last few months," came the reply. These people come from a Sunday-keeping village. The pastor of the church had been taught by an Adventist teacher many years prior and now, along with one of the former members…