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2,000 Learn About Sanctuary Thru Ephesus Church Events

Story by Angela V. Baker
Published 7/31/12

Just after reaching the milestone of burning their mortgage, Allegheny West Conference’s Ephesus church in Columbus, Ohio, set out to accomplish new and unprecedented events. They achieved their goal by simultaneously hosting the Messiah’s Mansion tour and the “Salvation in the Sanctuary” seminar. Never before have both ministries appeared in the same place at the same time.
Donald L. Burden, Ephesus senior pastor, and Christopher C. Thompson, associate pastor, along with more than 120 members and the tour staff built the life-sized replica sanctuary based on the same blueprint given to Moses in the wilderness. According to Clayton Leinneweber, Messiah's Mansion president, the Ephesus congregants set another record: erecting the replica in just one day.
For seven days from 1-7 p.m., Oklahoma Academy students guided 2,000 visitors through mansion tours while offering detailed, biblically based teachings on the sanctuary rooms and furniture and their application to visitors’ daily lives. From 7 to 8:15 p.m. nightly, except Thursday, “Salvation in the Sanctuary” founder and evangelist Dwight E. Haynes (pictured) lectured about how Christ shows His love through the sanctuary message.

To prepare for the simultaneous evangelistic events, Ephesus members distributed more than 10,000 invitations to area residents, while the ministerial staff, Bible workers and prayer warriors prayed over every area of the Ephesus church.

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