From Left to right:
Stephon Forbes of The North Bahamas Conference, 315 points in 7min 37sec; Kianna Rankin of the Cayman Islands Conference, 315 points in 6min 16sec; Adrian Reader of the Turks and Caicos Islands, 385 points in 10min 12sec; Charles Greene of the South Bahamas Conference, 320 points in 10min 35sec.
In Seventh-day Adventist churches around the world, the annual Ingathering Campaign is an endeavour in which Adventist members ask for a financial contribution from friends, family members, neighbours, and businesses to assist others in need. Consequently, under the theme Service from the Heart, the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) has designated October as Ingathering Month.
According to Pastor Johnson, president of the ATCU, “This drive appeals to the public for financial assistance in order to maintain a necessary service of love and kindness to humanity.”
The funds received from the Ingathering program will help with several humanitarian efforts such as providing clothes and food, educational and medical assistance, disaster relief, and much more to persons needing help. Within ATCU’s three-island territory of The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, members collect funds during this month in several ways, one of the major means being person-to-person solicitation.
With this being the hurricane season, the monetary donations collected during this campaign will help in assisting those affected by the devastation of a hurricane.
“Contributions to our 2017 Ingathering Campaign will go a long way in once again helping to enrich the lives of many in need,” said Pastor Kent A. Price, ATCU personal ministries director.
For more information about the campaign or to make a donation, you may contact a Seventh-day Adventist church near you.
Atlantic Caribbean Union Continues Training for Sabbath School Teachers
The Advanced Online Certification for Sabbath School Teachers has been an ongoing process spearheaded by the Inter-American Division and coordinated by the Atlantic Caribbean Union within its territory of the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
“The purpose of this online certification is to teach new methods, give new ideas, and infuse new life in Sabbath Schools throughout the union,” says Pastor Leonardo Rahming, director of Sabbath School and Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).
This certification is beneficial not only to those taking the course, but also to the wider church population. With teachers being effectively trained, it empowers them to take a more active approach in facilitating lesson discussions and motivates members to become more engaged in the study of God’s word as they use the Bible study guides.
According to Pastor Rahming, the Atlantic Caribbean Union has approximately 200 persons undergoing basic training and approximately 20 persons currently enrolled in the online certification program since its commencement in the first quarter of 2016. There are four courses with each course running for approximately 6-8 weeks. Graduation is expected to take place on February 24, 2018. Those interested in taking part in the Advanced Online Certification should contact their local conference/mission Sabbath School director.
Dawne Forbes, ATCU Communication Department
The weekend of October 13-15, 2017, promises to be one of ministry and excitement as the youth around the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) participate in the Public Campus Ministries (PCM) Weekend. During this time, activities will highlight the ministry’s aim which is to “transform students on non-Adventist campuses into Seventh-day Adventist ambassadors of Christ in colleges/universities, churches, communities, and the world at large” (www.pcm.adventist.org, 2017).
This weekend is an opportunity for all to get involved in outreach ministries on non-Adventist college campuses with the goal of enriching students’ devotional lives and deepening their relationship with God. According to the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Public Campus Ministries Manual, “The absence of parental presence and guidance…causes adolescents to make more decisions on their own; and these youth are frequently influenced by their peers more than anyone else”(p. 3).
“There are a number of ways to get involved during this weekend. However, it begins with forming a friendship with those you want to minister to. Bible studies, study groups, inviting students to your local church, and simply praying for those you want to reach, are all good ways to become involved in this outreach ministry,” said Pastor Kent Price, ATCU PCM director.
Just one week after our union’s PCM Weekend, there is a Global Public Campus Ministries Weekend planned for October 20 – 22 when “those who share a passion for campus ministries can be part of the celebration of worship, fellowship and serve” (www.pcm.adventist.org, 2017). There will be over eight speakers with more than fourteen countries represented and twenty-one live broadcasts. For more information on the program and registration, visit www.pcm.adventist.org.
To find out more information on what your church/conference/mission plans may be for Public Campus Ministries Weekend, contact your local Youth Department.