Prelude: A trombone ensemble played “Fairest Lord Jesus” and “Since Jesus Came Into My Heart.” Then the choir sang “God Says You’re Gonna Make It.”
Featured Testimonies: Janet Omitoyin said she was born into a polygamous home in Nigeria, but her grandfather would read her Bible stories. Her mother came into contact with the Apostolic Faith Church and after she was saved, the difference in her life was evident. During revival services, Sister Janet surrendered her life to God, and He has blessed her ever since, including giving her a wonderful husband to serve the Lord with.
Mirella Filimon (pictured below) said she was born into a Christian home in Communist Romania, where Christians were persecuted and life was difficult. God worked it out for her family to come to the United States, and she attended Sunday school at the Apostolic Faith Church in Sacramento, California. She is thankful that God saved her, and that He has proven Himself faithful in her life.
First Special: Dale, Caleb, and Luke Copko sang “When You Don’t Know What to Do (Praise the Lord).”
Last Special: Roxie Rael and Rosie Lambert sang “He Means All to Me.”
Sermon: Bill McKibben, pastor in Seattle, Washington, read Exodus 15:22-25 for his text. He related that after three days of wandering in the wilderness, the Children of Israel had only found bitter water to drink, but God instructed Moses to put a branch into the water, and it became sweet. Brother Bill said that in a similar way, Calvary’s tree brings the sweetness of salvation and deliverance from the hardships people encounter today.