Adventist Church Offers Aid to TCI in the Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

Adventist Church Offers Aid to TCI in the Aftermath of Hurricane Irma
ATCU Communication Department

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Between September 6 and 10, 2017, Irma, a category-5 hurricane, passed through the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and the southern Bahamas, two countries within the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) with fury and left many residents displaced.

Before the storm’s passage through the islands, the administration of the ATCU, the organizational body that oversees the work of the Adventist church in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, along with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) were proactive in sourcing supplies and coordinating relief efforts.

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After the nerve-wracking ordeal, Pastor Smith, president of the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission (TCIM), and his wife, Lynn, gave thanks to Almighty God. “There was damage to our home, but it was nothing compared to what others had suffered,” said Pastor Smith as he along with several volunteers from the Adventist Church in the Turks and Caicos Islands, many of whom had suffered damage as well, sprang into action to help those affected by Irma.

A delegation comprised of persons from the South Bahamas Conference (SBC) and the ATCU flew in to Providenciales to assess the damage done by Hurricane Irma and to give assistance.
Pastor Leonard Johnson, ATCU president; Pastor Peter Kerr, ATCU executive secretary; Elder Roderick Sands, ATCU treasurer; Pastor Leonardo Rahming, ADRA and Sabbath School director; and Pastor Kent Price, personal ministries, stewardship, and youth director, visited and prayed with persons in TCI. In the few hours that they were able to spend in the battered country, they stopped by a number of homes to assure members that the church had heard of and seen the devastation and would be working on continued assistance until their lives are returned to normalcy.

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Elders Anthony Burrows and Winston Ash from SBC presented a donation on behalf of SBC to president Smith, committing to solidarity during these challenging times.

On the way back to the Bahamas, the delegation stopped in Inagua, one of the islands in the southern Bahamas that also experienced damage due to Irma. Even though there was some damage, the delegation observed, as they drove around the island visiting members and non-members alike, that the spirits of the islanders were high.

The team was encouraged by the positive spirit of the community members of both TCI and Inagua who were praising God for being spared and were ready to rebuild.

Residents of TCI as well as the Bahamas are now bracing for another monster hurricane, Maria, heading their way. The entire membership of ATCU joins in prayer, asking God for protection as Maria heads to the islands of the Caribbean.

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Jamaican Gospel Singer Electrifies Local Church

Jamaican Gospel Singer Electrifies Local Church
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Jamaican gospel singer and song writer Carey Sayles last Saturday afternoon (22 July, 2017) electrified a capacity audience at the George Town Seventh-day Adventist Church as the feature artiste in a three-hour gospel concert.
Mr. Sayles was in Cayman for a free performance in support of the church’s youth ministry.
The packed church clapped, waved, sang and otherwise showed their delight in response to the high-energy style of artiste Sayles. The musical experience as he belted out several medleys and songs over the course of the afternoon’s musical extravaganza was made even more moving by interspersed snippets of his life story.
That story is one of particular determination and deep faith despite often devastating obstacles, rising today as he has to the heights of a musical career and establishing himself as a professional in the Jamaica public service.
Growing up in the Arnett Garden area of Trench Town, he survived to tell the tale of several close death experiences: “I saw men killed and most of my friends turning to guns,” he said, “but because of my mother’s and stepfather’s care and guidance, and the protection of my Heavenly Father, I was able to resist the forces of evil.”
So instead of succumbing to the pressures of an environment that has had such deadly impacts on young lives, today he is a graduate of the Mandeville-headquartered Northern Caribbean University, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is now a supervisor at the Jamaica National Housing Trust.

Praise 87.9 Bids Farewell to Radio Doctor

Praise 87.9 Bids Farewell to Radio Doctor
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Praise 87.9 radio station took a moment on Wednesday (19 July) to wish Radio Doctor Andy Shillingford well as he departs Cayman for his next tour of service, this time in the UK where he will join the British National Health Service.
As a token of appreciation, Conference Executive Secretary Pastor Reinaldo Dracket presented a plaque to Dr. Shillinford in recognition of his four years’ service to the Conference’s radio station.
“Your service as radio doctor has enriched lives,” Pastor Dracket said, thanking him on behalf of the Conference and the community at large and wishing him well for the future.
Dr. Shillingford served on the popular once weekly “Doctor’s Orders,” programme since 2013, and departs tomorrow (20 July) for the UK. His wife Mrs. Angeline Shillingford served for several years as the president of Cayman Academy’s Home School Association (HSA). Dr. Shillingford leaves Cayman after eleven years’ service with the Health Services Authority.
“It’s been a good eleven years,” he said. “I have enjoyed the community and the people and I am going to miss Cayman.” Of his role on Doctor’s Orders, he said: “It has been fun,” adding: “I have enjoyed working with Dwayne”, the host for the programme and the station’s manager.