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The Italian Union of Seventh-day Adventists had signed a contract with Leo the Great Auditorium for the use of their hall, but were faxed a cancellation notice from the center on Tuesday evening, Feb. 2.
“What we feared has actually come to pass,” said Pastor Shawn Boonstra, the presenter for the event and director of It Is Written. “We have a back-up plan, and nothing is going to stop the preaching of the everlasting gospel here in the city of Rome.”
Event organizers found a large church and worked to develop overflow seating. They had people stationed at the old meeting place and had busses transport attendees to the new meeting place.
After the opening meeting ended, It Is Written filmed a video update with Pastor Boonstra at the new meeting location, describing how things went that night....
“And I know what you’re wondering: Did anybody come?” said Boonstra. “Well, the auditorium here at the church was packed full, and we had an overflow room down stairs that was also full. And God has absolutely answered your prayers!”
The event gained publicity, perhaps due to recent end-of-the-world movies, such as ‘2012’. An Italian national news station, RAI TV, played video clips from popular disaster movies as they interviewed Boonstra and Daniele Benini, president of the Adventist Church in Italy.
The evangelistic series will not be broadcast on TV due to costs and complicated logistics, according to an It Is Written video update. The event takes place from Feb. 6 to March 6, 2010.
Below are the most recent video updates from Pastor Boonstra (as of writing). The videos are from It Is Written:
Road to Rome Video Updates
Official Evangelistic Event Website (in Italian)