February 6, 2020

Statewide rally begins Ignite Indiana campaign

In four months, Indianapolis will be the site for the General World Session of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on June 25‒July 4, bringing more than 100,000 people from some 200 countries to the city. To prepare for this, the Indiana Conference has begun a series of rallies and evangelism trainings.

“We are calling this campaign ‘Ignite Indiana’ and hope it will have a large impact on Hoosiers as we approach this global event at our city’s front door,” said Vic Van Schaik, president.

A special kickoff rally will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m., at Glendale Church in Indianapolis, 2900 E 62nd St., featuring John Bradshaw, world evangelist and speaker/director for the It Is Written television program, aired in Indianapolis on Comcast 1040, WHMB Channel 40.1.  The rally will be videostreamed to 14 remote locations around the state. A second Hispanic rally will be held at Indianapolis Central Hispanic Church at 821 Denison St., Indianapolis, at 4 p.m., with pastor Robert Costa, from It Is Written.

“We will be discussing the urgency of the times, and how much we need God’s love and grace, in light of troubling world events,” said Van Schaik.

Plans for state events leading up to the world meeting will be announced, including simultaneous evangelism meetings being held April and May as well as a major health clinic, April 8‒10, Your Best Pathway to Health, where hundreds of volunteer doctors, nurses and health practitioners will set up in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to serve those in need of medical, dental and vision services. To volunteer, please visit

“We are excited to be the host city for this global church meeting that occurs every five years in the Seventh-day Adventist Church,” said Van Schaik. “We hope Hoosiers will become acquainted with our church and learn more about us,” he said.

Colleen Kelly, Indiana Communication Specialist