The Power of 31000
A Special Report by Theophilus Gokah
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to every man who asketh you the reason for the hope that is within you with meekness and fear." (1 Peter 3:15). The members of the Cardiff North church company were among the thousands of Seventh-day Adventist Christians in United Kingdom and Ireland who responded to the Apostle Peter's instruction on Sabbath 25 September 2010. The emphasis of the day was to draw people's attention to God's instruction.
After the congregation had gathered for Sabbath School lessons and digested the wisdom of Paul's admonishing, the church prayed for God’s guidance in His vineyard. Whilst Cardiff Central church was required to focus on reaching populations in Cardiff Area, the Cardiff North church headed for Pontypridd, twelve miles north of Cardiff.
Pontypridd - once nicknamed the 'wild west' due to its being a hive of industrial activity - has had a turbulent past but also has a fascinating historical and cultural background. It is now host to the University of Glamorgan, as well as various commercial, industrial and tourism attractions. The presence of a university makes it a natural home for many students from across the world. It is not surprising that the day's activities started from the precincts of the university and its surrounding communities
Following Jesus' method, members of the congregation worked in blocks and within each block members worked in pairs. "It was fun," said one first timer. The church witnessed God's leading presence before and in the field. Brother Andre Taylor, an Optical Physicist who had just arrived from America and was fellowshipping with Cardiff North church for the first time, joined the effort with zeal. His interaction with students in Glamorgan University showed how God works when His people are determined to yield to His command (Matthew 13:23). Sister Ezimme is also new from Germany. Upon her discovery she joined the congregation with cheer to work in the Lord's vineyard.
The volunteers from Cardiff North made around three hundred contacts who were each presented with a well decorated invitation card. They were also given a copy of Mark Finlay's book, "When God says Remember".
For pictures of the days activities see our gallery section.