The Power of Two
By Dave Allen
While we were reporting to the Southern Oregon members in the Grants Pass Church, it struck me that two of these new members were sitting right there in the congregation, attending their first town hall meeting and they were, in fact, ‘2’ of 952! That night I connected with Galen and Lucille Kelm, two new members in ministry, faces and names to the ‘2’ in the statistic I had reported.
Luci and Galen were baptized by Pastor John Witcombe on October 23, 2010 and became members of the Rogue River Seventh-day Adventist Church. Since retiring in Rogue River in 2003, their faithful attendance of mass at the local Catholic church would include a drive past the Adventist Church. They had attended some health seminars, including a Coronary Health Improvement Program (CHIP). One Sunday as they drove by, they noticed a banner advertising a prophecy seminar. They also received a brochure in the mail and decided to attend.
Two other members in ministry have been close friends to Galen and Luci in this process. Calvin and Virginia Smith have spent a lifetime in church service on different continents of the world, including a number of years as department directors at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. They retired in Southern Oregon and continue to be members in ministry in our Conference. They have spent many hours with the Kelms in Bible study.
Luci and Galen testify,“We love the faithfulness of our Adventist family; they are so warm and loving, and represent Christ in a very positive manner. We have learned so much about Christ’s life and leading a healthy lifestyle. We feel this has helped us to continue to spread the word of God and praise God’s glory, along with being a good example of His teachings. We eagerly are waiting for the second coming of Christ to take us home with Him! Alleluia, Alleluia, Amen!”
There is something special in the way Jesus sent out His disciples two by two (Luke 10). This is what God is doing in the Oregon Conference as two members in ministry, with their pastor and church family, are empowered by Him to reach two new members in ministry for Him.
I was privileged to meet these two couples again at Camp Meeting 2011 where Galen and Luci testified to the larger church family about the power of ‘2’ in 952!