Condolences to the family of Mrs. Audrey Dean-Wright

Condolences to the family of Mrs. Audrey Dean-Wright

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The officers, directors, and staff of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists express heartfelt condolences to the family of Mrs. Audrey Dean-Wright who was faithful to her God in using her musical talents for His glory.  Her loving Christian witness and her accomplished musicianship enriched the lives of her family, friends, fellow church members, colleagues, and communities here in the Bahamas and around the world.  The Atlantic Caribbean Union forever will be grateful for and remembers with love her willingness to have the Meistersingers, one of the many choirs she directed, deepen the worship experience with majestic renditions at our services and symposiums. 

We pray that all who share the pain of this loss find solace in the Great Comforter as we look forward to seeing Sister Wright again when Jesus comes to take us home.

Amelia Gomez Wins ATCU Bible Connection 2018 Finals

Amelia Gomez Wins ATCU Bible Connection 2018 Finals
By ATCU Communication Department

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The Youth Department of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (ATCU) conducted the annual Bible Connection finals with contestants from the four fields of the union on Sabbath, September 22, 2018, in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. The participants were Janeille Styles (Cayman Islands Conference), Amelia Gomez (North Bahamas Conference), Geovaughne Goodman (South Bahamas Conference), and Mellonei Popo (Turks and Caicos Islands Mission).
This competition among the four territories of ATCU was held to determine who would represent the union in the Inter-American Division’s (IAD’s) Bible Connection finals with the other semi-finalists from the 23 union fields within the IAD.
The competition involved answering fifty computer-generated questions that covered content from the Gospels of Matthew and Mark and chapters 6-15 of the book Desire of Ages by Ellen G. White. After months of study and prayer, the contestants were ready to answer the questions.
The stiffness of the competition was evident when, at midpoint, the scores were flashed to the contestants and the audience of over three hundred assembled at the Maranatha Academy Auditorium.
In the second round, the questions were worth 10 points each. At the end of the contest, Amelia Gomez was declared the winner with 350 points. Geovaughne Goodman followed in second place with 320 points.
Amelia accepted her winning plaque with great emotion. She and her coach now would be traveling to Belize to face the 23 other contestants vying for the championship in the IAD’s finals that will take place during November 30 – December 2, 2018. Amelia pledged to continue diligently studying the books of Matthew and Mark and the chapters from the Desire of Ages so that she can bring home the Inter-American Division trophy.

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Pastor Kent Price, the youth director of ATCU, congratulated all the contestants and reminded them that they were all winners. He encouraged them to use the opportunity to become stronger in their faith and to be bold in sharing Christ with others.
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5K Walk/Run Contributes to Church/Hurricane Shelter Completion

5K Walk/Run Contributes to Church/Hurricane Shelter Completion

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Sunday’s 5k walk/run sponsored by the West Bay Adventist Church will contribute to the completion of a new sanctuary that will double as a hurricane shelter for the district. The annual walk/run brought in excess of a record $13,000 towards the completion of the final works for the church scheduled for dedication in November 2018.

Under construction for the past ten years, the 9,760 sq. ft. building is built to hurricane standards that include an elevation of 5 ft.

In the interim, since 2005 the West Bay Church has been worshipping services at the John A. Cumber Primary School’s auditorium.

“It will be quite a homecoming for the 225 members of the West Bay Church,” said Conference President Reinaldo Dracket, pastor for the West Bay Church, adding: “We are really very pleased that we have managed to construct a building to standards that will enable us to supplement the district’s complement of hurricane shelters, thereby strengthening the ratio of shelters to population in the district.”

With that goal in mind, some 301 persons paid their $15 entrance fee, bringing in $4,515 from the race itself. That was topped up by a donor who matched the first $5,000 collected in fees, while smaller donations brought the total to the current record for this annual event of more than $13,000.

Pastor Dracket said that a portion of the proceeds would go towards scholarships for Cayman Academy.
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“I thank everyone who played a part in making this event such a success,” Pastor Dracket said on Sunday at the Ed Bush Stadium, speaking to the large gathering of participants and volunteers at the 6:30 am event.

Of the 301 who registered, 138 ran or walked in the race, exceeding 2017’s participants by 100 and doubling the number for the 2016 event.

An award ceremony followed the walk/run, with the top three trophies in the men’s division going to Anthony Mendez, Paul Williams, and Cornelis Gouwn, in that order. In the women’s division, the top three runners were Ava Hider, Doireann Lynch, and Shellyanne Cupid. The youngest participant in the race was four-year-old Leandro Brown.

The technical aspects of the walk/run were managed by Race Caribbean, a local professional race management service.

November’s dedication of the West Bay Adventist Church will include an unveiling ceremony during which donors will have another opportunity to contribute to clearing the church building’s financial balance sheet.
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Pastor Kerr's Biographical Sketch

Pastor Kerr's Biographical Sketch

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Pastor Kerr was born in the parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica. He received his early education at the York Street All-Age School and at the Willowdene High School. He obtained his Bachelors of Theology degree from West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University) and his Masters of Arts in Religion degree from Andrews University. Pastor Kerr began his early ministry in the Central Jamaica Conference serving as an intern in the Spanish Town District and, later, in the South Manchester District. He pastored the South Clarendon, May Pen, Portmore, and Old Harbour district of churches before accepting the call to serve as a missionary to the Turks and Caicos Islands in September 1990 where he served for 20 years as mission president. During this time, he also served as departmental director and district pastor.

Upon his arrival in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) in 1990, Pastor Kerr became the sole denominational worker serving the entire country. He immediately saw the urgent need for strong, stable leadership in the mission and was determined, with the help of God, to work with the people of that country to facilitate the steady growth and development of the church.

He supervised the work on five of the islands in the Turks and Caicos at a time when there were hardly any church buildings in which the few members could worship. There was one church with a small membership of about 26 in the capital of Grand Turk. South Caicos had a small group of 8 persons who had no building in which to worship. The island of Providenciales had the largest number of believers which amounted to about 76 at the time, and they were engaged in the construction of a new church which was almost 70% completed.

Pastor Kerr made church building and membership growth his number one goal; and six months after arriving in the country, he was able to mobilize and motivate the church and community to complete the Blue Hills Church building and dedicate it to the glory of God. The following year, he led out in the refurbishing and restoration of the old church building on the island of North Caicos which had been closed for more than 14 years. Upon the completion of the project, Pastor Kerr announced to the public that there were no Adventist members on the island except for a teacher who had come in from Trinidad on a government contract, and so he was asking the non-Adventist members of the community to adopt and own it as their church and to keep the doors constantly open for worship. The people surprisingly responded to the call and made it their church. Today, it remains one of the most vibrant congregations in that country. They have sent several students to study at NCU, and they are all today making great contributions to the development of the TCI.

In 2000, Pastor Kerr partnered with Maranatha Volunteers International and constructed three buildings: an education and evangelism center on the island of Providenciales where he established the Maranatha High School (now Maranatha Academy); a church on the island of South Caicos; and a school/church on the island of Grand Turk.



Pastor Kerr and his family experienced homelessness when the mission house in which they lived was destroyed by fire on May 23, 2003. This was truly a painful time for the Kerrs; but with the blessings of God and the assistance of the church, the community, and the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Pastor Kerr was able to complete and dedicate a much bigger, better, and more beautiful mission house in the short space of just 8 months after the fire. During his tenure, the membership of the mission increased from 119 in 1990 to over 2,200; the number of churches increased from 3 in 1990 to 8 organized churches and 2 companies at the time of his departure in 2010; and the number of denominational employees increased from just one in 1990 to twenty-five in 2010. Also, the mission was blessed with one primary school, one high school (Maranatha Academy which he founded in 2001), and a 10-acre camp site.
Pastor Kerr was a highly respected community leader of the Turks and Caicos Islands. He was appointed to serve on many government boards and committees. These include:
Member of the Turks and Caicos Community College Board - 2010 Member of the Turks and Caicos Islands Board of Higher Education - 2007 - 2009 Chaplain for Her Majesty's Prison (Grand Turk) - 2009 - 2010 Member of the Turks and Caicos Islands Education Advisory Committee - 2006 Member of the Turks and Caicos Islands National Drug Council - 1992 – 1997

Pastor Kerr and his family were so well loved, admired, and respected by the government and people of the Turks and Caicos Islands that in 2000, the government offered citizenship to him, his wife, and two children. In November 2010, Pastor Kerr was elected to serve as executive secretary of the Atlantic Caribbean Union. Along with his administrative duties, he also served as family ministries and publishing ministries director as well as assistant to the president for evangelism and the prayer coordinator for the union. Pastor Kerr has been serving as a member of the Board of Governors of Northern Caribbean University for twenty-eight consecutive years, making him one of the longest serving members of the board.
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At the mid-year executive committee meetings of the Inter-American Division, held in Miami on March 27, 2018, Pastor Kerr was elected to serve as president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union. Evangelism has always been priority for Pastor Kerr.  He has led out in the establishment of 10 churches and the baptism of thousands of souls.

Pastor Kerr considers all these accomplishments as clear evidence of the gracious favors of God upon the wonderful, hardworking members of the church in the Turks and Caicos Islands who gave him wonderful support, and he is eternally grateful to God for His blessings over the years.
Pastor Kerr is married to Jennifer (née Coleman), and they have two adult children, Ava-Dayne and Andre; a son-in-law, Mark; a daughter-in-law, Arielle; and two amazingly beautiful granddaughters, Amoy and Amylia Fulford.

Pastor Kerr loves spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters, and he enjoys gardening and reading.

Cayman Academy Donates to Local Causes

Cayman Academy Donates to Local Causes

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During a special school assembly today (Friday, April 27), Cayman Academy presented two local organisations—the Cancer Society and the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association—with donations from funds collected in a student charity drive.

On hand to receive a check for $4,311.50 was Ms. Tiffany Conolly, administrative assistant at the Cancer Society. Ms. Samantha Conolly, Deputy Chair of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association, received the donation of $1,132.56 for that organisation.

Ms Samantha Conolly described the generous donation as “heart-warming, especially considering that the funds were all raised by children at the school,” while Ms. Tiffany Conolly thanked the students for helping the Cancer Society to help others, some of whom were children themselves battling cancer.

Cancer Society Operations Manager Jennifer Webber said that last year the Cancer Society assisted a record 300 financial aid patients to the tune of over $400,000. Ms. Webber added that the donation will be used to continue to assist these cancer patients.

Commenting on the school’s charity drive and resulting donation, Cayman Academy’s charities coordinator Sofia Barrett-Hamilton said it was “a privilege to partner with these two agencies in helping to alleviate the financial stress brought to bear on the patients and their family members with Cancer and Alzheimer’s.” 


Eight students were honoured by the school at the morning’s assembly for having collected more than $100 each. Among top collectors were three Year 5 students: Roger Alex Johnson II, who collected $650; Gabrielle Coleman, $432; and Kevario Harding, $149.75. Not surprisingly, Year 5 was ranked as the class with the highest contribution, at $1,247.75.




Dr. O'Neil Duncan, Principal of Cayman Academy, said: “The teachers and I are proud of the stellar performance of the student body, parents, and our church community in soliciting funds for both charities.  It goes to show what kind of impact we can have when we work together.”

Cayman Academy has consistently made substantial annual donations to the Cancer Society. This year, the school broadened its efforts to include the Alzheimer’s Association as part of a general charity drive.

ATCU Installs New President and Executive Secretary

ATCU Installs New President and Executive Secretary
ATCU Communication Department

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On the morning of May 19, 2018, Pastor Peter Kerr and Dr. Cheryl Rolle were installed as president and executive secretary, respectively, of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), the administrative body that oversees the work of the Adventist church in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). Presiding over the ceremony at the Grant’s Town Seventh-day Adventist church in Nassau, Bahamas was the president of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD), Pastor Israel Leito who was assisted by Pastor Elie Henry, IAD president-elect, and Pastor Leonard Johnson, IAD executive secretary-elect.

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Pastor Johnson, the outgoing president of ATCU, expressed confidence and pride in the leadership ability of Pastor Kerr as he reflected on how Pastor Kerr and his family sacrificed much as they worked diligently to increase the membership of the Adventist church in TCI from just under 200 in 1990 to over 2000 in 2010. “The Turks and Caicos Islands is a thriving tourist destination now. However, twenty years ago the comforts you find in that country now were not available,” said Johnson. “Pastor Kerr did not ask for a transfer, instead he persevered. And the Lord blessed the faithfulness of the church in TCI,” continued Johnson.

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During the ceremony, Pastor Leito observed that Dr. Rolle was the first female to be appointed as union executive secretary within the IAD. “It is our pleasure to present this godly qualified woman. It is the first time in the history of the Inter-American Division that we have a woman as a union secretary,” said Pastor Leito. “We need to continue to encourage female leadership, not just because they are female but because they are qualified,” he continued.

Using 2 Kings 2:23 as his key text, Pastor Leito further told the leaders that the blessed privilege of all leaders is to trust in the Lord to fight their battles. “Always remember that those who oppose, who mock, who lie, who reject all need salvation, and it is your duty as a leader to work with them for their own salvation…don’t be a counterpuncher,” he admonished. He also encouraged the congregation to support their leaders and to be fearless in speaking up when their leaders are acting outside church policy.

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Also present at the service were the Honourable Lanisha Rolle, M. P., Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, who was representing the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis; and the Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis, M. P., leader of the official opposition. Both officials congratulated the new officers and expressed appreciation to the Adventist church for its contribution to nation building.

The installation of new ATCU officers was precipitated when the IAD executive committee elected Pastor Elie Henry (former IAD executive secretary) to the IAD presidency, replacing Pastor Israel Leito who announced his retirement (effective August 2018) as president at the IAD’s mid-year meetings in March of this year. At that same meeting, the IAD also elected Pastor Leonard Johnson, former ATCU president, to serve as IAD executive secretary, replacing Pastor Henry.

With Dr. Johnson’s election and pending relocation to Miami, Florida where the IAD is headquartered, the IAD executive committee then elected Pastor Peter Kerr, ATCU executive secretary since November 2010 and Dr. Cheryl Rolle, ATCU associate secretary, as the new ATCU president and executive secretary, respectively.

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Pastor Kerr began his early ministry in the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, serving as an intern in the Spanish Town district of churches and later in the South Manchester district of churches. He pastored the South Clarendon, May Pen, Portmore, and Old Harbour district of churches before accepting the call to serve as a missionary to the Turks & Caicos Islands Mission where he served for 20 years as president.

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Dr. Rolle, a commissioned minister and an educator with over twenty-nine years’ experience, has served as a teacher, vice principal, principal, and conference education and children’s ministries director with the Adventist church in the Bahamas. She has been serving as the education, children’s ministries, and communication director of ATCU since January 2011 and as associate secretary since May 2012.

The IAD has 24 Unions, 150 local fields, and over 3 million members spread across 37 countries, including The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands which make up the ATCU.

Installation Service for Newly Elected ATCU Officers

Installation Service for Newly Elected ATCU Officers
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A very special invitation is extended to all members to attend the installation service for Pastor Peter Kerr and Dr. Cheryl Rolle, the newly elected president and secretary of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), that will be held at the Grant’s Town Church on Sabbath, May 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Israel Leito, president of the Inter-American Division (IAD), will preside, performing what will be his last official function in our union before his retirement which becomes effective August 1, 2018. He will be assisted by Dr. Elie Henry, IAD secretary/IAD president-elect; Dr. Filiberto Verduzco, IAD treasurer; and Pastor Leonard Johnson, IAD secretary-elect and outgoing ATCU president.

ATCU Holds Eighth Annual Symposium

ATCU Holds Eighth Annual Symposium
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On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, all roads will lead to the Hillview Church for the eighth annual Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) Symposium which begins at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and be inspired by the video praise reports of what the Lord is doing through His people in The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. In addition to there being majestic music, Christian fellowship, and thanksgiving, Pastor Leonard Johnson, secretary-elect of the Inter-American Division, will give his final spiritual charge as president of ATCU. So, don’t miss out on your blessing! We look forward to seeing you there.
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ATCU Hosts Second Collegial Gathering of Educators

ATCU Hosts Second Collegial Gathering of Educators
By Pauline Joe-Drakes/ATCU Communication Department

“Although we are separated by water, we are united by a common thread as Adventist teachers and administrators and that is accomplishing the goal of nurturing our children into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ,” said Dr. Cheryl Rolle, education director of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) as she officially opened the Atlantic Caribbean Union Teachers’ Retreat aboard the Carnival Victory Cruise Line on March 26, 2018.

Under the theme Anchored in Christ, the Heart of Adventist Education, over 100 teachers, school administrators, and counselors from Bahamas Academy in the South Bahamas Conference; Cayman Academy in the Cayman Islands Conference; Grand Bahama Academy in the North Bahamas Conference; and Maranatha Academy in the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission attended the four-day retreat that was organized to reaffirm the commitment to the purpose of Adventist education and to express heartfelt appreciation to the teachers.

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At the welcome reception, Dr. Rolle revealed that while she hoped the teachers experienced professional growth, made new friends, and created lasting memories of laughter and delightful discoveries, the main objective was to provide opportunities for teachers to get even closer to Christ.

“By means of the inspiring devotional messages, the interaction with colleagues, the breathtaking beauty of the ocean, we want you to relax, to be still, to destress so that you can hear God’s reassuring voice telling you once again, I love you. A stronger bond with Christ is what we really want for all of us. All of us anchored anew in Christ,” Dr. Rolle explained.

Educators were fully engaged away from the regular rigors of the normal school day as they first connected with God and then with their colleagues. Daily devotions, led by Pastor Theodore Basil Sturrup of the South Bahamas Conference, encouraged attendees to always be mindful of the power of focus and to never minimize their high calling as educators. He reminded the teachers to always put God first as Matthew 6:33 states. “You’re either going to chase things or you are going to chase God,” he said. Pastor Sturrup further explained that God will supply everything that will be needed once He is first.

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Professional growth and collegial interaction occurred through the daily table topic discussions and the individual school presentations on the educational practices or strategies being implemented at the respective institutions. Teachers exchanged opinions on such issues as cell phone use in schools, retention, homework policy, and the pros and cons of zero-tolerance policies. Ideas for enriching teaching were gained from the following presentations: Bahamas Academy – “The Importance of Literacy and Technology in the 21
st Century Classroom;” Cayman Academy – “Applying Appropriate Strategies to Enhance Learning;” Grand Bahama Academy – “It Works! (The BWI Lesson Plan);” and Maranatha Academy – “Utilizing Gamification in the Classroom.”

Educators of ATCU were able to renew their minds and relax as they fellowshipped and visited the two ports of call – Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico. There is no doubt that the teachers are waiting with bated breaths for the next opportunity to once again unite for professional development and relaxation.

“This time helped me to recalibrate and truly understand my calling and my responsibility to my students as God’s children,” said a teacher.
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The Education Department of the ATCU hosts either a teachers’ retreat or convention every five years. This is the second collegial gathering of ATCU educators organized by Dr. Cheryl Rolle and her team of four field directors since the union was formed in November 2010.

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New Officers Elected to Serve at ATCU

New Officers Elected to Serve at ATCU
By Dawne Forbes

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The executive committee of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD) voted on Monday, March 26, 2018, to ask Dr. Elie Henry, who has been serving as the executive secretary for the IAD for the past eight years, to serve as the new president for the IAD. He will be replacing Dr. Israel Leito who will be retiring on August 1, 2018. With this action being taken, the IAD executive committee then voted to ask Dr. Leonard A. Johnson, IAD associate ministerial secretary and the Atlantic Caribbean Union’s (ATCU) first president, to serve as the new executive secretary of the IAD.
Dr. Johnson is now the second person from ATCU to serve at the IAD level with Pastor Al Powell from the Cayman Islands being the first. While Dr. Johnson is also the second Bahamian elected to serve at the IAD (the first being Pastor Leslie V. McMillan), he will be the first Bahamian to serve in an administrative position.
In light of Dr. Johnson’s recent election and pending relocation to Miami, Florida where the IAD is headquartered, the IAD executive committee also elected Pastor Peter Kerr, ATCU executive secretary since November 2010 and Dr. Cheryl Rolle, ATCU associate secretary, as the new ATCU president and executive secretary, respectively. The new positions will become effective August 1, 2018. Dr. Rolle will be the first female in the IAD to serve in this position at the union level.
Pastor Kerr began his early ministry in the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, serving as an intern in the Spanish Town district of churches and later in the South Manchester district of churches. He pastored the South Clarendon, May Pen, Portmore, and Old Harbour district of churches before accepting the call to serve as a missionary to the Turks & Caicos Islands Mission where he served for 20 years as president.
Dr. Rolle, a commissioned minister and an educator with over twenty-nine years’ experience, has served as a teacher, vice principal, principal, and conference education and children’s ministries director with the Adventist church in the Bahamas. She has been serving as the education, children’s ministries, and communication director of ATCU since January 2011 and as associate secretary since May 2012.
The IAD has 24 Unions, 150 local fields, and over 3 million members spread across 37 countries, including The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands which make up the ATCU.

Musical Talents Play Vibrant Role In The Experience the Power Campaign

Musical Talents Play Vibrant Role In
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By Communications Director Patricia Ebanks

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It was Martin Luther, the German professor of theology, composer, and ground-breaking figure in the Protestant Reformation, who said, “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” Luther also said that “Music is one of the fairest and most glorious gifts of God.”

Undoubtedly, music had a singular ministerial role in touching lives of the hundreds gathered at the
Experience the Power campaign at the Lions Centre, February 4 to March 3, 2018, or of the virtual audience viewing via the Internet.

One could easily conclude that for many attendees and online viewers the power of the various musical ministrations may very well have been as impactful as the sermons by the international motivational speaker Dr. Ramon Escalante.

Indeed, as the prolific Danish writer
Hans Christian Andersen said, “Where words fail, music speaks.”

At the end of the campaign 128 new converts were baptised, hundreds of invitees came to hear keynote speaker Escalante and to enjoy the music, while thousands of others were reached by robust local and international broadcast initiatives.

From one of the largest auditoriums on Grand Cayman, the Lions Centre, the music ministry’s repertoire ranged from a full chamber orchestra, to individual violin, flute, harmonica and guitar performances, to soul-inspiring choir, group and solo voice renditions, many accompanied by a live band of musicians.

Clearly, the organisers had succeeded in bringing to bear on the
Experience the Power campaign the best of the best in musical talent from across Cayman’s Adventist churches and to a lesser extent from the local community.
This pictorial captures only a few of those highlights, as the rich array was just too much to contain in one press release. Photos by Patricia Ebanks.

ATCU Emphasizes the Value of the Christian Home & Marriage

ATCU Emphasizes the Value of the Christian Home & Marriage
By Dawne Forbes

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During the week of February 10 – 17, 2018, the Adventist church in the Atlantic Caribbean region will place special emphasis on the Christian Home and Marriage. Pastor Peter Kerr, executive secretary of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) explains that the week is designed to fortify families and will emphasize two aspects of the home: Christian marriage and Christian parenting.
“It is important for us to focus on the Christian Home and Marriage because the Adventist church wants to strengthen, inspire hope, and bring healing to marriages and to families everywhere,” says Pastor Kerr. “We are seeking to prepare families for the Kingdom of God and help hasten the second coming of Christ.”
He went on to further explain that the week-long Christian Home and Marriage emphasis also seeks to incorporate the objectives and principles of Total Member Involvement (TMI), a program of the Adventist world church designed to empower each member of the Adventist church to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. In keeping with TMI, Pastor Kerr mentioned that the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists has introduced a program called
Lord Transform Me Homes that “calls upon every Adventist home to be a place where spiritual transformation takes place.”
For more information about the week of activities, please contact the family ministries director at one of the following telephone numbers: Cayman Islands Conference - (345) 949-2647; North Bahamas Conference – (242) 374-2051; South Bahamas Conference – (242) 341-4021; and Turks and Caicos Islands Mission - (649) 941-8735.

Camp Meeting 2018 Inspires Church to Give Unstintingly

Camp Meeting 2018 Inspires Church to Give Unstintingly

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Hundreds of Adventist church members gathered at the Lions Centre January 12-14 for the three-day convention featuring South African Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Zukisani Mxoli. The evangelist’s inspiring charge to members was that they should give unreservedly, even in the face of sometimes formidable resource challenges.

In line with his inspiring message, Grand Cayman’s Keynote Speaker Evangelist Zuki, as he is affectionately known in his hometown of Johannesburg, has acquired a creditable record of philanthropy. He has achieved this largely through joint professional and ministry initiatives in the area of church, educational and medical facilities that extend into more than seven countries, with financial contributions ranging from 50% to 100% of project costs.

The annual convention had as its theme, “If I can Help Somebody…,” and set the tone for Cayman’s Adventist Church’s continued community welfare emphasis set in 2016 for the current four-year term.

Continuing to Little Cayman (Wednesday and Thursday, January 17 & 18) and Cayman Brac (Friday to Sunday, January 19-21), the 2018 conventions retained the philanthropic challenge though it did not feature Evangelist Mxoli as planned. Unfortunately, Evangelist Mxoli had to return home due to the sudden and tragic death of a close relative.

Taking Evangelist Mxoli’s place on the Sister Islands was Pastor Kevin Danvers, who joined the Cayman Conference mid-2017 from the Central Jamaica Conference where he had served as Secretary. Conference colleague Pastor Maurice Chambers spoke on the final Sunday on Cayman Brac.

Joining the Cayman Conference for Camp Meeting 2018 was Union President Dr. Leonard Johnson and Union Secretary and Treasurer, Pastor Peter Kerr and Mr. Roderick Sands, respectively.

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Setting the stage for Camp Meeting 2018, architect, lay preacher and evangelist Mxoli succeeded in energising Grand Cayman’s congregations with a rallying call to all the laity to “unite their efforts with ministers and church officers.” He called upon all to strengthen their faith and to leave everything in God’s hands, as “[T]hose who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything.”

Among the other inspirational speakers during the weekend on Grand Cayman were Pastor Ivor Harry, who delivered the message on Sabbath afternoon at a 3 pm workshop, and President Shion O’Connor, who followed with the charge to a new slate of officers for 2018 during the 4 pm youth installation and consecration service.

Pastor Harry challenged members to follow Jesus’ examples by going fearlessly forward into areas that are often shunned as disreputable and to become involved in practical ways in the lives of those we are seeking to reach. “Some people will never come to the church,” he said, but helping people in practical ways, such as visiting the sick in hospitals and opening up cupboards, will open doors.

“Even when it appears impossible to reach certain strata of society,” Pastor Harry said, “when we are turned on and trusting God to use us… we can turn this place upside down.” Indeed, Pastor Harry said, “The world is waiting to see a church that is open to everyone.”

During the Sabbath afternoon youth service, youth leaders presented highlights of their role and work in 2017, and the 2018 executive committee of the Youth Federation was inaugurated.

Pastor O’Connor officiated during the youth consecration service during which he highlighted the dual role of ministry. Preaching from Acts 6:1-2, Pastor O’Connor pointed out that ministry in the early church involved not just the preaching of the word but also the “serving of tables”—the Bible’s expression for the caring for the needs of members.

Pastor O’Connor pointed out that it was the need to take care of the members that necessitated the organization of offices in the church, and that the first officers were elected as table servers or caregivers. Hence “table serving” must remain a priority in God’s church, he said.

A major highlight on Sabbath during the Grand Cayman convention was a celebration marking the church’s 6,000
th membership milestone, achieved in the last quarter of 2017. The Union officers led out in the recognition of this historic moment in the more than a century since the Church’s beginning in 1905.

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Other highlights of the Grand Cayman convention included a review of the community services work in the Conference as well as a focus on the role of ASi Cayman in the local Adventist business community.

Lord, Transform Me also took centre stage, with a focus on its 2019 Reaping Campaign to be held in Cayman.

In the ceremonial finale of the 2017 In-Gathering Campaign, a number of churches and individuals were recognised. These included the Kings Church, for achieving top dollar value, and Berea, which achieved the highest percentage of the Conference-designated church goal. Also recognised were Ms Grace Langley, from the Maranatha Church, and Ms Carmelita Jackson, of the East End Church, who tied for highest individual collection.

Inspiring music was a prominent aspect of Camp Meeting 2019, and this year was no exception. The centrepiece for the weekend’s musical repertoire was the mass choir that sang at every service, alternately directed by Mrs. Theodecia Sonlin-Sanderson
and Ms Lisa Pearce. Other moving musical performance were given by the Men’s Chorale, under the direction of Mr. Mark Hamilton, the joint Praise Team, Women of Purpose, among others.

Communication to members and the Cayman public in general was a key aspect of Camp Meeting 2018. Services on Grand Cayman were broadcast live via the Conference’s radio station Praise 87.9, the CATV television channel, and live-streamed on the Conference’s website. On Cayman Brac, services were live-streamed as well as broadcast on Praise 87.9.

The Church expressed its gratitude to regional telecommunications company, Flow, which provided gratis the bandwidth necessary for live broadcasts on radio and TV from the Lions Centre on Grand Cayman.

ATCU and SBC Train Members for Soul-Winning

ATCU and SBC Train Members for Soul-Winning
By John Garcia

The Ministerial Department of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (ATCU) headed by Pastor Leonard Johnson and the Ministerial Department of the South Bahamas Conference (SBC) directed by Pastor Paul Scavella organized and hosted a series of evangelism and leadership training sessions for the pastors and members of SBC in Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas during December 10 to 16, 2017.

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The seven-day intensive program involved presentations from local and international church leaders such as Pastor John Bradshaw, director of It Is Written; Pastors Melchor Ferreyra and Samuel Telemaque from the Inter-American Division (IAD); Pastor Maxwell Berkel from the Curacao Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; Pastors Leonard Johnson, Peter Kerr, Kent Price, and Leonardo Rahming, and Elder Roderick Sands from ATCU; and Pastors Paul Scavella, Melvin Lewis, Lynden Williams, and Basil Sturrup from SBC.

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Morning sessions were designed for pastors and conference directors, while evening sessions were planned for the entire church membership. Some of the presentation topics included “Maintaining a Relationship with God,” “The Ministry of Prayer,” “Maintaining a Passion for Evangelism,” and “Leadership Skills.”

The program was organized to prepare the membership for the
2019 Lord Transform Me reaping campaigns to be held in the territories of ATCU, namely, The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Pastor Johnson, also president of ATCU, emphasized that similar training events will be conducted in all the other territories during 2018.

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“The Ministerial Department of ATCU is being intentional in equipping the leaders and lay members of the church to be effective evangelists,” said Johnson. “This is just the first of many more training sessions that will be held in all the fields of ATCU.”

Pastor Johnson not only serves as president and ministerial director of ATCU but also as associate ministerial director for the IAD, a position to which he was recently elected.

Immediately after engaging in some of the training sessions, pastors and elders met to plan for upcoming evangelistic campaigns and revivals that would be happening around SBC, and local church members expressed a renewed excitement in being involved in church ministry.

“Bradshaw’s presentations and sermons brought new light to my being involved in church mission, and I will take this new information and try to be more involved in evangelism,” said a local church elder.

During his stay in The Bahamas, Pastor John Bradshaw also took the opportunity to record an episode of It Is Written at sites of interests in New Providence. His programs can be viewed on Hope Channel and a few other stations in the region and around the world.

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