How Did The Annual SMCI Campaigns Get Started?
SMCI International Director:
Monday, July 19 begins the third week on our SMCI gospel campaign. We are on the Island of Negros where SMCI had it's start nearly 10 years ago. I remember receiving a phone call in 2002 from our SMCI worker, Joy Pinero asking me to come and hold some Gospel Meetings on the Negros State University Campus. At first, I was hesitant and actually declined the invitation. But the next day I heard a devotion from Acts 8 and the phrase "Arise and Go" struck me like an arrow fired from God's bow. In obedience I arose and went and I am glad I diid. We saw a wonderful harvest of souls. Most of our present full time staff were saved during those few weeks of meetings.
Today, almost 10 years later, SMCI has grown! With 70 on staff we are now on six Islands and hold daily bible studies on over 70 university and college campuses. Our work on the Island of Negros is by far our most mature. In the last few years we have placed bible studies on nearly every university and college campus in Negros oriental. We have planted three churches with many outreaches, pastored by our own converts.
Our campaign this year on Negros is by far our most aggressive. The Lord opened a wonderful door into the high schools this year. In fact, in the next two weeks we will preach the gospel to the student bodies of every high school in Negros Oriental. Looking at the list there are over 50 high schools that have agreed to our campaign. In addition there are a dozen new university and college campuses as well. This is a daunting task. Please pray for our team to have the strength to preach a clear gospel.