As I sit down to write, it is hard to put into words what I am feeling and what I have witnessed. It is almost a week since I returned home from two weeks of the e-campaign 2011 and I am still feeling the effects of the time difference.
God blessed marvelously. It is hard for us in the US to grasp the magnitude of what is happening in this campaign in the Philippines. I know the numbers reported seem unbelievable to many. Let me assure you all that it is real. It's just something we never see at home. The Philippines is a nation so ripe for the gospel, and our efforts were concentrated on the age groups most likely to receive the gospel.
The staunch Roman Catholic background of the country actually makes the presentation of the gospel easier. Almost all of the young people we encountered believed in the existence of God, the authority of the Bible, the Person and Work of Jesus Christ and even their own sinful condition. They also are just plain hungry for the gospel. I watched high school age young people STAND and listen to me preach for a half hour. They would remain in the heat or rain, or stay after class after a long school day to listen. What a blessing to see the expressions of relief and joy flood over the faces of young people as they began to grasp that their own salvation could not be purchased through their own good works, and that Jesus Christ paid the price completely on the cross. I felt like a person walking into a room full of puzzles. Every one is missing just one piece to make them complete and I get the fun of walking around the room and placing the missing piece in each puzzle.
None of this would have happened though, without the hard work of the SCMI staff. They have spent months traveling to hundreds of high schools and colleges, getting letters of permission to preach, and then scheduling visits. On top of all that, they organized for all the care of the e-team members. Great works of God are almost always accompanied by the diligent work of God's faithful people. They worked hard, and yet the harvest is so clearly God's work, not man's. It is a glorious thing to behold.
For those of you back home, do not be skeptical, but rather prayerful and thankful that our great God is still on the throne and is still doing a great work.
May God continue to bless
Dr. Schaal has served as the senior pastor of Northwest Valley Baptist Church since it began in 1987.
He serves as an adjunct professor for International Baptist College, Baptist College of Ministry, Independent Bapist Bible Institute in Nairobi, Kenya, and Baptist Seminary in Trujillo, Peru. He is a member of the Executive Board for Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International, of the Trustee Board for Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary, of the Advisory board for International Baptist Missions, and of the governing board for International Baptist College.
He is also contributing author and editor for FrontLine Magazine and is a graduate from Bob Jones University of Greenville, SC (BA), Calvary Baptist Seminary of Lansdale, PA (MDiv), and Doctor of Ministry from International Baptist College in Tempe, AZ.
This was Kevin's first e-Campaign.