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Chesapeake Conference Camp Meeting spurs baptism decisions, Bible study requests

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Over 40 response cards requested baptism, and more than 500 requested Bible study.

Chesapeake Conference’s annual Camp Meeting, held from June 11-15 at Highland View Academy, highlighted a major evangelistic focus this year, resulting in significant decisions for baptism and Bible studies. The event featured renowned evangelist Mark Finley, who delivered six compelling messages under the theme “Revelation of Hope: God’s Plan for Living Free.”

Record attendance marked this year’s Camp Meeting, with Sabbath services so crowded that even overflow tents and classrooms were filled to capacity. Over 40 attendees turned in response cards indicating their desire to be baptized.

Chesapeake Conference had prepared extensively for this evangelistic thrust, mailing more than 70,000 flyers to households in the Hagerstown area and organizing evangelistic and seed-sowing events in local churches during the spring.

A significant addition this year was Messiah’s Mansion, a life-size replica of the biblical sanctuary, which drew over 2,000 visitors, most of whom were non-Adventists. The tours generated tremendous interest in further programming and engagement, with more than 500 people submitting cards requesting Bible studies.

Throughout the week, “singing evangelist” Charles Haugabrooks provided musical inspiration that set a strong spiritual tone for each program. On Sabbath, a special appeal for evangelism and the Reach Baltimore 2025 initiative raised over $43,000.

The children’s, youth, and young adult divisions also saw robust participation, with over 440 attendees throughout the week.

Spanish Camp Meeting, held from June 7-9, also emphasized evangelism, drawing over 1,000 attendees to the main worship service on Sabbath and more than 300 children and youth and young adults to their respective meetings. Minervino Labrador, Jr., vice president for Multilingual Ministries at the North American Division, was the main speaker, and renowned singer Felipe Garibo was the featured musician. The highlight of the weekend was nine baptisms during the Sabbath service.

“For nearly a year, we prayed for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on this year’s camp meeting sessions, both Spanish and English, and were not disappointed in the least, seeing how many people made decisions for baptism or recommitment, and the many more who were blessed by the timely themes and powerful messages,” said Jerry Lutz, president. “It was exciting to see the scores of people from the surrounding communities who came to an Adventist camp meeting for the very first time and are now making connections in local Adventist churches for Bible studies and fellowship.”

Andre Hastick, executive secretary and Camp Meeting coordinator, noted God’s presence throughout this year’s programs and activities. “All we can say is, ‘Praise the Lord!’ It was a blessing to see our Chesapeake family come together for a Spirit-filled time of inspiration and fellowship. The plans for 2025 are already underway, and we know the Lord has even greater blessings in store for us for our next Camp Meeting together.”

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