Proclamation is the reading of God’s Word aloud in public and in its entirety from beginning to end, traditionally over a 10-day period. Reading schedules, integrating Old Testament readings with Psalms and Proverbs and New Testament readings, have been developed. This event is usually concluded with a Festival of Praise where participating churches come together for an evening of singing, sharing testimonies and listening to special presentations.
The following testimony was written by Gloria Burrow who helped organized the Proclamation at Carrick Camp, July 7-23, 2015.
For anyone planning a Proclamation in their area, be assured that it will be well worth every prayer, tear, and hour and effort of planning. You do, however, need a few dedicated people at the helm. As for myself, I felt such an urgency to be renewed and refreshed with what God would have to say to me through His Word – not waiting for a year to read it, in my home – but reading and listening, hour after hour, consistently, and for the purpose of drawing close to the Lord.
Rolling through my mind over and over, during those months of preparation, was the determination that “come what may” we will accomplish this, even if I would need to do many readings myself. Of course, that didn’t happen, in that way, since we had almost 300 people sign up to read several times each, and had a team of approximately 25 strong, willing leaders, who took on various aspects of the 10-day operation. I marvelled at the unity and joy in participation. From 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each of those days, groups from various churches, and family connections, and many individual readers came. It was very interesting to listen to and to watch, and a delight to meet and chat with them. Also to take note of the building up of relationships within these small groups, joining together, with their focus around God’s Word, has been something to ponder and remember.
I believe, for those who participated, God has given a new desire and a fresh glimpse of how much we need this daily “road map” and guide and comfort. The comments and feedback are ongoing, and very encouraging. One young man who was reading from Proverbs and had been wrestling with a difficult work-related situation, said later, “I got my answer while reading. Now I know how to handle that. I’ll let God deal with it.” A young mom, who came to read a few times, gave her heart and life to Jesus at break time, and is being nurtured by the gracious lady who helped her and prayed with her and was sensitive to her need that day.
An older man came often to read. He and his wife were pillars throughout the 10 days, even though they hadn’t really planned it. At the close of our first four days, this man quietly confessed to me and a few others that he had doubted that this event would be of much value and thought it would be nothing but a religious exercise and a waste of time. With tears in his eyes he said, “I was so wrong, and God is doing a good work in me, and many others.”
A lady drove in each day to be there for 7:00 a.m. and stayed until the end of the day. It took her about 45 mins to drive there. If she missed even a few minutes, she would later read the the Scriptures she had missed, at home. When Proclamation ended, she was so thrilled to feel that she had taken in the whole Bible. She was also available to read often, if someone forgot to come, or a space was vacant. Also, she herself was amazed to find out that her calendar during that period was not booked, even though she is usually a very busy lady with a unique ministry. So she was blessed and was a great blessing.
Neighbours of the Carrick Camp, who had known for years that the camp was there but had never attended anything, came to sign up to read. Later we met some of them at the Sunday evening concerts that took place during the summer at the camp. It was a beautiful setting and actually great exposure for the ministry of Carrick Camp.
A man who had already read with a group came back later. He was in the middle of his work for a farmer nearby but said he just “had to” sign up to read again. So, all we can say is that God’s Spirit was truly at work.
The Festival of Praise – mostly music presented by our community choir – was an amazing climax to the event with about 200 people present. This also gave opportunity for many to share financially, adequately covering expenses and providing a generous donation to the camp and to the Canadian Bible Society. The name of Jesus is the name above all names and praise God, His Word is true and powerful.
If you would like to organize a Proclamation event in your area, please contact us for more information.