It is wonderful when God fulfills our dreams
Recently, I returned from a trip to the Solomon Islands. It was a beautiful experience for me even though it was my third visit of this Pacific nation. The everlasting Gospel of the Angel of Revelation 18 to reach the Solomon Islands was my missionary dream and my prayer a few years after my baptism as 13-year-old boy in Bulgaria, which was a Communist county at the time. My dream was to be missionary somewhere far way among the African people. Then somehow, I read an adventure book about the Solomon Islands. This was a country so far from me, somewhere in the Pacific. My thoughts were inspired that one day God would help me start the Lord’s work in the Solomon Islands. I also was very sad knowing that in the great country of Japan we did not have a church. My prayer and my dream was that my dear Lord would help me to start spreading His message in Japan as well. At that time in the past I realized that it was my impossible dream for God to be fulfill. Why? Simply because Bulgaria was a communist county. To go out of Bulgaria and go aboard was an equal miracle. The communists were against those who believe in God. Our church was closed and we had illegal meetings in our homes. Now I rejoice and glorify my Lord that He has fulfilled my dreams not only for Japan but for the Solomon Islands also. Only God can make our impossible dreams come to pass. What a wonderful God we have. He fulfilled my childhood dreams. Sharing my experience with you, I would like to give praise and glory to our Lord and encourage the readers of this testimony to faithfully believe that our heavenly Father will fulfill their missionary dreams as well, even if they are seemingly impossible. The harvest is ready. Honest and faithful workers are needed.
With humble appreciation to God and to my faithful brethren co-workers Brother Sanaila Kanivale and Br. Tony William from Vanuatu we begun the work in Solomon Islands. The work in the Solomon Islands is in the beginning stages but is going well and is blessed by our Lord. At the start we had some newly baptised members. During my last visit I was glad to baptise these new souls. It was nice to see that the newly baptised brethren are very missionary-minded believers, living in different locations spread around the Solomon Islands. They are in contact with other interested souls in the area where they live. This will prompt the last message of warning, Reformation and salvation to reach more interested souls. It is interesting that in the Solomon Islands, the Adventist Church is the most popular church, above all other Protestant churches. The people are very kind and friendly. It is easy to have good spiritual conversations here.
At the beginning of the work needed some expenses. I arranged a hotel (it was a house) for four nights and I had a meeting with the brethren and some friends. I explained the reformation, history, prophecy, what it means to be a good Christian among other topics. There were interested people, who want to be baptised during my next my visit. I also taught therapeutic massage, and if they manage with that, this can be a good financial support for them; Just like our brethren in the Philippines and Indonesia. Everyone was very excited.
One baptised brother lives far up in the North of the Solomon Islands. To travel to Honiara, he needs one or two days to travel and this depends the availability of the boats he can use. He has a nice family. He showed me how he started to build a church building on his own land where the interested souls could have their church meetings. The building has a roof, but missing walls have to be completed. We would welcome any offer of financial help to assist with completing the church building. At the time when the leader of our church personally visited that area there were more than one hundred interested souls waiting to be visited again.
I pray to God that all my efforts and all the church’s support to be blessed with good fruits.
Would you want to come with me next time, when I visit Solomon Islands? Let us all pray for the development of the work at this area.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Anton Salavyov