ATCU Communication Department
Ever since the launch of the Lord Transform Me (LTM), an evangelism initiative, in October 2015 at the year-end meeting of the Inter-American Division (IAD), the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) has kept the LTM’s objectives and strategic plans at the forefront of its activities and programs.
LTM is an intentional effort of all members of the Seventh-day Adventist
Church in the IAD to live Christ-like lives through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and in harmony with Romans 12:2 which says, “Be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
Daily reading the Bible and communicating with God, members’ minds are renewed as Christ changes the way they live, interact, and serve. They then influence others through lifestyle and deliberate means to accept Jesus as their Savior and become His disciples.
The official launch of LTM will take place in Caracas, Venezuela on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Leading up to the launch, there will be a massive mobilization of members throughout the territories of IAD, especially in Venezuela, to reach communities with the good news of Jesus Christ. During this two-week period, over 800 different evangelistic campaigns will be conducted in Venezuela by pastors from around the IAD, including ATCU. Pastor Peter Kerr, ATCU executive secretary, will be one of the evangelists, and he has been preparing for this important outreach endeavor and expressed great excitement at going to spread the message of Christ in Venezuela.
“I am excited to be one of those to preach Jesus in Venezuela,” said Pastor Kerr. “Though I have never been there, I know that God is going to cover me and am expecting to see the Holy Spirit transform lives.”
Pastor Leonard Johnson, president of ATCU, will also be a part of the delegation heading to Venezuela. Though Johnson will only be participating in the official ceremony on April 16, he has been assisting and supporting Pastor Kerr in all the preparations for the campaigns.
Sites throughout ATCU will be connecting to the launch event being aired from Caracas on the Hope Channel from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. DST. Pastors, elders, and the laity have been working with persons in their communities, giving Bible studies, conducting outreach programs, and praying that the Holy Spirit will convict individuals to make a decision to follow Jesus all the way in baptism.
Adventist church officials in Caracas are expecting that in Venezuela alone there will be at least 10,000 baptisms on April 16. Simultaneously, Adventist churches throughout the IAD, which extends from Mexico in the north to Columbia in the south, will be conducting baptisms.
Every year until 2020, there will be one grand evangelistic thrust in a different union throughout IAD, and ATCU is scheduled to host the LTM event in 2019.
The officers, directors, and staff of ATCU are all preparing for this grand occasion and are in full support of the IAD as the events are launched throughout its region.
“There is a lot of planning and preparation involved in hosting such an event,” said Pastor Johnson, “but we are up for the challenge, and only if we trust in God and have faith that He will carry us through, we will be successful.”
Communication Department, ATCU
"Involved fathers are God’s antidote against youth rebellion." This is the view expressed by Drexel Deal in his book entitled The Fight of My Life is Wrapped Up in My Father.
Deal, a former gang member, paid a courtesy call on the union administrators on Tuesday, October 15, 2015, to present copies of his book and to share his experience of God’s redemption in spite of his rebellion.
The book chronicles the life story of Deal who was a top general in one of the largest gangs in the Bahamas. It recounts how he was shot four times while attempting to commit a robbery and was presumed dead. While God spared his life, he lost his sight because of the gunshot wound to his face. According to the book’s blurb, Deal picked up the pieces of his mangled life and set out to retrace his steps and those of other gang members to find out where they all went wrong. It took Deal ten years to research, document, and write the book about his experience.
Drexel Deal was baptized into the fellowship of the Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Bahamas Conference on June 6, 2015. Deal explained how this happened.
"I was at home one day flipping through the radio channels on my phone. I stopped at a station and heard a gentleman preaching. I cannot remember the name of the preacher," he said. "But the message got my attention, and I sent an email to an address mentioned at the end of the program.”
According to Deal, the miracle of his conversion was that the signal for the radio station, Word SBC, did not reach the area where he lived, "but God used that radio station to reach me where I was,” said Deal.
On Friday of that week, two elders from the Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church knocked on his door in response to the email that he sent. "The rest is history," Deal stated. "I began Bible lessons and was baptized.”
He explained that he never received the radio signal again at his home after that day and described the time since his baptism as "a beautiful walk.”
"The Seventh-day Adventist Church is everything I expected it to be. It encompasses every aspect, from the Word, the Sabbath, to how we should eat and live,” he explained. “I didn’t choose the Seventh-day Adventist Church. God chose it for me."
Today, Deal has two passions: his new found faith as a Seventh-day Adventist Christian and his desire to reach young people who are heading down a path of destruction like he was. His ministry now is to share Christ's message of redemption to young people, to schools, and to churches.
He has begun to write another book that will share how a small group of young males used fourteen principles to grow a gang of thirteen persons into the largest gang in the Bahamas with over 20,000 young males.
"I was one of those gang members,” he said. "Many of the gang members are dead today, including the person who was with me in the robbery. We can use these Biblical principles in a negative way or positive way.”
Deal firmly believes that the absence of a father in his life and in the lives of many of the gang members back then was a determining factor in the choices he made - from school, to the gang, to in and out of prison, to becoming disabled.
When asked what advice he would give to the young people, Deal responded, "It is simple. It is found in Exodus chapter 20 verse 12, and it says ‘Honour your father and your mother that your days will be long upon the land which the lord your God has given to you."
Communication Department, ATCU
Pastor Claudius Morgan, guest evangelist for the Good News Gospel Explosion taking place during September 12 – October 10, 2015, in Nassau, Bahamas, took time out from preaching at nightly meetings to share his passion and plans for evangelism with scores of ministerial workers throughout the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU). The seminar, which was conducted on Monday, September 28, 2015, at the union’s headquarters in Nassau, Bahamas, was a part of the ministerial department’s focus to constantly equip and train its minsters for effective ministry.
The seminar highlighted several key areas: effective preaching, training of the members, and the personal life of the evangelist. Through video conferencing, ministers serving on other islands of the Bahamas and in the Cayman and Turks and Caicos Islands also were able to participate in the seminar, absorbing information from evangelist Morgan’s many years of experience. Internationally known, evangelist Morgan serves as a pastor and evangelist in the Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists.
Communication Department, ATCU
The summer break has ended and the young people across the territories of the Atlantic Caribbean Union are returning to their respective schools and colleges. During the summer holidays, the Adventist youth ministries department continued in the tradition of summer evangelism.
Cayman Islands Adventist Youth Lift Up Jesus
The Savannah Seventh-day Adventist Church, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands concluded a dynamic Youth in Leadership Month with a one-week crusade during July 26 - August 1. The theme for the event was “The King is Coming,” and the speakers were Charlton Samuels and Joshua Lawrence. The crusade was conducted entirely by the youth of the church and resulted in thirteen (13) precious souls being added to the church.
In addition, the Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church held a youth campaign during July under the theme “At the Feet of Jesus” with Jermeil Hydes as the evangelist. Six (6) precious persons were baptized.
Victorious Youth Campaign in the North Bahamas
Under the theme "Victorious," the youth of the North Bahamas Conference conducted its annual youth camp meeting at the Freeport Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grand Bahama during August.
Activities began with some thirty young people carrying out community projects during the day. One of the projects involved assisting with the clean up of the home of Ms. Robinson, an elderly retired nurse who has served the community of Grand Bahama for 50 years. Young Paris Williams, ATCU’s youth representative for the initial phase of the One Year in Mission youth project in Mexico City in 2014, spearheaded this phase of the community outreach.
During the nightly meetings, Pastor Dewaine Frazer, guest speaker from the Dupont Park Seventh-day Adventist Church in Washington D.C., U.S.A., preached relevant and electrifying messages that stirred the hearts of the people.
Jesus Loves Selfies Youth Campaign In Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
The youth ministries department of the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission held a unique youth campaign that captured the attention and interest of young people across the island of Providenciales during August 8 - 15, 2015, at the Blue Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Adventist youth and visitors filled the pews to capacity each night as the word of God was ardently proclaimed by the young people from the different Seventh-day Adventist congregations on the island.
At the conclusion of the event, seven (7) young persons gave their lives to the Lord and were baptized.
“Jesus Loves Selfies” was the fourth in the series of “Jesus Loves...” youth summer campaigns organized by the youth department of the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission.
Adventist Youth Experience the Power in the South Bahamas Conference
The young people of the South Bahamas Conference held their outreach campaign at the New Providence Seventh-day Adventist Church, in Nassau, the Bahamas during August 8 -22, 2015. The event, which was themed, Youth to the 10th Power, saw the young people meeting for ten nights of preaching, praying, singing and testifying.
Newton Joseph, a ministerial student at the Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Jamaica, and Manasseh Simms, a ministerial intern in the South Bahamas Conference, each presented five powerful sermons based on the theme. By allowing the Holy Spirit to utilize them and through the combined efforts of the entire team, thirty precious souls were baptized into the kingdom of God.
Communication Department, ATCU
During the second quarter of 2015, the Advance Magazine will feature articles, stories, and the experiences of persons from the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU). The Advance Magazine, compiled by the personal ministries department of the Inter-American Division, is a publication designed to encourage and inspire the laity of the church mainly during the ten-minute personal ministries time in all of the churches within the Inter-American Division.
This quarter’s edition features articles written by Pastors Leonard Johnson, ATCU president; Andrew Burrows, ATCU personal ministries director; Wilfred Adderley, South Bahamas Conference (SBC); Patrick Tyrill, North Bahamas Conference; and Reinaldo Dracket, Cayman islands Conference (CIC).
Inspirational experiences shared by Paris Williams, ATCU’s One Year in Mission delegate; SBC lay members David Knowles, David Williams, and Andrea and Bernard Linden; and David Campbell, a Bible Worker from CIC are also included.
Communication Department, ATCU
The spirit of evangelism continues its march across the Atlantic Caribbean Union. Just recently, the Cayman Islands Conference and the North Bahamas Conference (NBC) concluded evangelistic series in their respective territories.
In Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas, home to NBC headquarters, Pastor Peter Kerr, executive secretary of the Atlantic Caribbean Union, preached at the Triumph of the Cross Evangelistic Series which was held under the big tent next to the Shiloh SDA Church. Sixteen precious souls were baptized and added to the church.
Also, for the past four weeks, the members of the Cayman Islands Conference were engaged in the Footprints of Hope Gospel Crusade. Pastor Glen Samuels, president of the West Jamaica Conference, was the guest evangelist. The crusade which was held at the Lions Center in George Town, Grand Cayman concluded on Sabbath, May 1 and saw over one hundred and fifty persons following their Lord and Saviour in baptism.
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Festive Mood as Forty More Get Baptized
It was a festive mood at Smith's Cove Beach in George Town, Grand Cayman as forty more converts were baptized bringing the total baptisms for the Footprints of Hope Campaign to 108 precious souls.
Five pastors took to the glimmering Caribbean Sea as steel pan kept the singers in tune and the occasion festive as young and old stepped out to consummate their new found relationship with God.
Glorious Day at Kings for Footprints 4th Sabbath
The Footprints of Hope Campaign made a temporary detour to the Kings Seventh-day Adventist Church in George Town Central due to the Lion Center being previously booked for another event. This may have been a blessing in disguise as the Spirit filled the jam packed church in ways not experienced before.
The preacher was electrifying, the music was heart-warming, converts rushed to the altar on the appeal and each and every heart received a blessing as we worshiped together.
Every inch of the Kings Seventh-day Adventist Church was full to capacity for the 4th Sabbath of the Footprints of Hope Campaign. The nearby Cayman academy auditorium and a hurriedly erected tent were used to accommodate those who were not able to find a seat in the church.
Not very often has there been such a huge turnout at the massive church building which is one of the largest owned by the Adventist Organization. This only demonstrates the tremendous response to the Footprints of Hope program, which continues for a 4th week at the Lion Center.
The Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventist announced that 68 persons were baptized during its Footprints of Hope Evangelistic Campaign which is being held at the Lion Center in George Town Grand Cayman. The meetings which have been held nightly since April 3rd have seen hundreds of persons visiting each night to hear renowned tele-evangelist Pastor Glen O. Samuels deliver impassioned sermons on a wide range of topics.
“We are delighted for the 68 precious souls who have taken the step to commit their lives to Jesus”, stated Pastor Samuels at the baptismal service which was conducted at the Spots Beach on Saturday April 18th, 2015. “In this time of hopelessness in many areas of life it is good to know that we can find hope, purpose and direction in a life dedicated to the service of the Lord.”
Echoing these sentiments Pastor Shian O’Connor, President of the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventist stated that, “The Seventh-day Adventist Church is committed to offering a better way to those who long for a brighter future, to young people who see their peers succumbing to drugs and violence and despair, there is a better way, for families that are being ripped apart by strife and confusion, there is a better way, for a society that faces darkness and despair, there is a better way, and that better way can be found in a life surrendered to Jesus”.
The program billed “Footprints of Hope” runs from 7.30 PM each night except Thursday and offers a variety of features along with the preaching sermon.
The Adventists are noted for their health programs and this also forms a part of the activities including health lectures and health screenings during the meetings. There has also been a strong youth involvement in various aspects of the campaign with a cadre of young people serving as support staff and also hosting a weekly Saturday evening youth forum where they use drama and interactive discussions to address certain youth focused issues.
Also each Saturday morning the organizers allow residents to have access to their pastoral staff for a special dedication and laying of hands service for infants and young children. They are also given a certificate to commemorate the occasion.
Pastor Samuels is the President of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventist in the Jamaica Union of Seventh-day Adventist where he leads out in the administration of the church’s activities in the western parishes of Jamaica. He also hosts weekly television program and has seen many persons join the church through his efforts. Pastor Samuels travels extensively to many parts of the world conducting evangelistic campaigns. He became famous in his homeland of Jamaica in 2003 when the national newspaper reported on an incident when he was held up by a gunman who he was able to convince not only to not harm him but to make the decision to change from his life of crime and become a Christian.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Protestant Christian denomination distinguished by its observance of Saturday, the original seventh day of the Judeo-Christian week, as the Sabbath, and by its emphasis on the imminent second coming (advent) of Jesus Christ. The denomination grew out of the Millerite movement in the United States during the mid-19th century and was formally established in 1863. Among its founders was Ellen G. White, whose extensive writings are still held in high regard by the church today.
The Seventh-day Adventist church in the Cayman Islands commenced in the year 1894 after Gilbert McLaughlin, a Caymanian sea captain was converted and accepted the tenets of Adventism in Bonacca, Honduras and returned to East End, Grand Cayman and donated land for the first church. Today the Church has 15 congregations and over 5,000 members who come from all areas of the community. It is very active in preventative health initiatives and also has a department dedicated to child development and training.
The Church also owns and operates the Cayman Academy K-12 private school in George Town, which was recently featured on CITN for its recent outstanding examination results. The church also has an association of its business and professional members which caters to their networking and development along with their outreach efforts to their counterparts in the public and private sector.
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In the North Bahamas Conference (NBC), the Triumph of the Cross Evangelistic Series kicked off on Saturday night, April 18, 2015, under the big tent next to the Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Church on Toreros Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Individuals came from throughout the island to share in the experience of the Cross. Night after night, Pastor Peter Kerr, executive secretary of the Atlantic Caribbean Union, has been lifting up the Cross and its power to change lives. Guests and members have been blessed and are looking forward to the second week of meetings that are held each night, except Friday, at 7:30.
An open invitation is extended to all.
Communication Department, ATCU
As a forerunner to the special Vision One Million Sabbath scheduled for Sabbath, April 4, six pastors from the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) are presently conducting short evangelistic campaigns in various countries within the Caribbean Union (CARU). Vision One Million is the soul-winning initiative of the Inter-American Division (IAD) of Seventh-day Adventists. This year, scores of evangelists from the various unions within IAD, including ATCU, have been dispersed throughout the Caribbean Union to share the good news of the gospel.
The evangelistic team from ATCU is led by Pastor Leonard Johnson, president of ATCU, who is declaring the gospel at the Signs of the Times Evangelistic Series being held at the Carmel SDA Church in George Town, Guyana. At the Kingstown SDA Church in St. Vincent, the Grenadines, Pastor Henry R. Moncur, executive secretary of the North Bahamas Conference, is the guest evangelist. Pastor Paul Scavella, South Bahamas Conference (SBC) president, and Pastor Peter Joseph, SBC executive secretary, are blowing the gospel trumpet on the islands of St. Croix in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Grenada, respectively. Finally, Pastor Andrew Burrows, personal ministries director for ATCU, is conducting a series of meetings at the Philadelphia SDA church in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands (USVI).
On Sabbath, April 4, at the conclusion of the many evangelistic meetings, union and field leaders along with the visiting evangelists will assemble on the island of Trinidad, the location of the headquarters for the Caribbean Union, for a grand Sabbath celebration. Pastor Mark Finely, one of the general vice- presidents of the General Conference of SDA, will be the main speaker.
At the conclusion of the Sabbath service, a baptismal ceremony will be conducted at the site in Trinidad while concurrent baptisms will take place across the IAD territory and streamed live to the site in Trinidad. This momentous celebration can be viewed live on three different media: in English on Hope Church Channel; in Spanish on Esperanza TV; and in French at webcast.interamerica.org
In the Atlantic Caribbean Union, the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist church in Nassau in the South Bahamas Conference will serve as the uplink center for the baptisms that will be streamed from the ATCU.
Communication Department, ATCU
In keeping with its mission to proclaim the gospel to the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Adventist church in the Atlantic Caribbean region has mobilized to share the love of Christ throughout the cities in its Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) territory during the first quarter of 2015.
Presently, the Adventist church in the Turks and Caicos Islands is engaged in a citywide evangelistic campaign in Providenciales. The Countdown to the End Campaign, with guest evangelist Pastor Shian O’Connor, president of the Cayman Islands Conference, began on Sunday evening, February 1 under the big tent next to the Do It Home Center on Leeward Highway.
Elder Hopeton Bansie, executive secretary of the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission, reported that approximately 900 persons attend the meetings each night. He also shared that the messages from the evangelist, which are in English, are simultaneously being translated into Creole and Spanish so that the major language groups on the islands are able to receive the presentations.
Pastor O’Connor, at the conclusion of the evangelistic meetings in the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission, will have just weeks before his home conference launches its own citywide campaign. The Footprints of Jesus Evangelistic Series with guest evangelist Pastor Glen Samuels, president of the West Jamaica Conference, will begin on March 29 under the big tent in George Town, Grand Cayman.
Ahead of this launch, during February, Pastor Samuel Telemaque, associate Sabbath School and personal ministries director for the Inter-American Division will be in Grand Cayman to conduct training workshops to further equip the membership for service. His presentations will focus on community services, lay preaching, Bible instructors, global mission pioneers, and urban ministries workers.
Communication Departments, CIC and ATCU
Noted evangelist, church administrator, and television host, Pastor Mark Finley, has been invited by the Solid Rock Ministries in the Cayman Islands Conference (CIC) to conduct a workshop in the area of health evangelism.
According to Pastor Reinaldo Dracket, executive secretary and personal ministries director of CIC, the purpose of Solid Rock Ministries is to share the gospel, through the health message of the Adventist church, with that segment of the island nation’s population that the church has been unsuccessful in evangelizing. The workshop, entitled “Creation Health,” will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at the Westin Casuarina Hotel, Seven Mile Beach. A special invitation is extended to the community.
While in the Cayman Islands, Pastor Finley will also hold leadership and evangelism training for all the pastors and elders in the conference scheduled for Friday, February 13, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The training will be streamed live over the Internet so that pastors and church leaders from the other church territories within the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) can participate. In addition, there will be a joint service at the Kings Church that same day at 7:30 p.m. where Pastor Finley will be the speaker.
Pastor Leonard Johnson, president and ministerial director of ATCU, who will attend the seminar in the Cayman Islands, expressed that this session helps to provide ongoing training and equipping of the pastors of ATCU for effective ministry, which is one of the objectives of the union ministerial department during the Year of the Pastor being observed this year.
“I am excited to have Pastor Finley in our union, and moreso the Cayman Islands Conference,” said Pastor Johnson. “Our minsters throughout the union will benefit much from his expertise and experience.”
Pastor Kenny Deveaux, Crusade Coordinator, SBC
How quickly time flies when one is having fun doing the mission of the church. Phase 2 of Mission to the City began on September 6, 2014, at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Center, opposite the Government High School. Four weeks have quickly passed and the Nassau Experience has come to an end.
Phase 1 was the flow of love demonstrated throughout our communities by the various projects conducted by the Seventh-day Adventist churches throughout New Providence. These projects included soup kitchens, whole wheat bread distribution, clean up campaigns, and distribution of clothing and food supplies.
During Phase 2 hundreds of persons attended the meetings each night and were guaranteed a blessing. Many unrelentingly explained how impacting the Nassau Experience has been on their lives. Participants continue to bask in the wonderful glow of Christ and are strengthened in their relationship with Him. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God has rescued 223 precious souls from the grips of the enemy through baptism.
Through the powerful preaching of international evangelist, Pastor Peter Joseph, coupled with the inspirational singing of a 200-voice choir, backed up by a melodious band, the nightly program was reported to be “off the chain.”
The ministry at the altar was truly divine as each night attendees were invited to the altar and prayed for by the evangelist. Persons are still talking about the refreshing experience of praying together as they reflect on the joy found in ministering and being ministered to at the altar.
Now Phase 3 of the Mission to the City begins as the 223 souls are transitioned to the various churches throughout the island. This is an important aspect of Mission to the City. We are depending on God to “renew in us a clean heart” as we welcome these dear ones. Continue to pray for the new believers that they will now impact the communities around them and bring honour to God thus changing this Bahama land we love.
Communication Department, ATCU
“Public evangelism has been a stable part of the evangelistic process in the Seventh-day Adventist church from its inception…In the twenty- first century God still uses it mightily around the world—from large stadium evangelistic meetings to small church meetings.” These are the sentiments of Russell Burrill, retired director of the North American Division Institute of Evangelism, expressed in the preface of his book Reaping the Harvest.
As a testament to Burrill’s statements, indeed God is working through the members of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) as they remain committed to the union’s mission to proclaim the gospel to the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. For throughout the union’s territory, numerous campaigns are being held – from large citywide tent meetings to local church crusades.
Both the South and North Bahamas Conferences are presently engaged in major citywide big tent evangelistic meetings. The Mission to the City, Nassau Experience is being conducted just opposite the Government High School in New Providence. Evangelist for the meetings, Peter Joseph, who also serves as executive secretary of the South Bahamas Conference (SBC), is proclaiming the gospel under two large tents erected specifically for this occasion. He explains that launching an evangelistic offensive on the city of Nassau at this time is a necessity.
“The mounting woes of city life now come face to face with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and people are experiencing joy, peace, grace, love and hope.”
Evangelist Claudius Morgan, guest evangelist from the East Caribbean Conference, is presently conducting the Good News Gospel crusade under the big tent in the Garden Villas community in the heart of Freeport, Grand Bahama, the Bahamas. On Sabbath afternoon, September 13, members from the North Bahamas Conference along with the evangelist distributed scores of baskets filled with much needed grocery items to the residents in the community.
“This is holistic evangelism, meeting the needs of the people as well as sharing the good news of the gospel,” commented Morgan.
During September, the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission (TCIM) engaged in three local church crusades. Pastor Jose Torres of the North Dominican Conference preached at the Hope in Jesus crusade that was held at the Filadelfia Spanish Church in Providenciales. The crusade, which concluded on Sabbath September 13, saw three precious souls accepting Christ and being baptized. Pastor Anastacia Bansie, pastor for the local church, commented on the impact to the church members.
“The meetings were power-packed. We really appreciated the way the evangelist taught the messages each night,” she said.
Local church crusades are also being conducted at the Antioch church on the island of Grand Turk and the Five Cays church in Providenciales. What is unique about the crusade being conducted by Five Cays SDA church is that it is being held at the New Jerusalem Baptist church in Kew Town as a result of the request and generosity of its pastor, Serdinand Toussaint. Elder Osais Joseph, who was chosen as ATCU’s lay evangelist for the year in 2012, is the evangelist for the meetings.
The Cayman Islands Conference is preparing to launch the Message of Hope Gospel Crusade on November 8. The crusade will be held at the George Town Seventh-day Adventist church. Elder Erika Puni, stewardship director for the Adventist world church, will be the speaker.
Religious background, past experiences, or family upbringing may cause the word altar to mean different things to different people. One of the definitions that can be found on Google is: a table or flat-topped block used as the focus for a religious ritual. For many this is the image that comes to mind when an altar is spoken of.
On September 6, 2014, all 26 Adventist congregations in New Providence came together to start a four-week evangelistic campaign called Mission to The Cities NP14 with Pastor Peter Joseph as the evangelist. One of the primary focuses of the campaign is prayer and Evangelist Joseph has constructed a deliberate strategy that he dubbed, "Ministry at The Altar".
At the end of each message, he invites specific groups to come before the altar to pray. The music stops playing and all that can be seen and heard are groups of individuals pouring their hearts out to God. Many individuals have left the tent meeting with the comfort of knowing that their requests have been answered.
The question that one may ask though is, what can prayer do for me? Ellen White in the book Steps to Christ on page 95 says that "...prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven's storehouse...." This short phrase has three main components prayer, a key and a hand.
The phrase "prayer is the key" has almost become a cliché among Christians who many times fail to use this very vital instrument that God has provided. Prayer has become an inconvenience for our busy lives where even before stepping out of bed our minds are preoccupied with cares and concerns. We are planning the day ahead without even consulting the Lifegiver.
What we often fail to realize is that it is this same God who was merciful enough to allow us to become conscious after a night's sleep is the One whom we have no time for. He awaits an early morning conversation with us but we fail to even tell Him good morning. I would certainly feel extremely rejected and unloved if my wife passed me by all day without saying a word to me; but this is how we have been treating our Creator for days, weeks or even months.
Seeing that prayer is speaking with God, if we fail to pray, then we can safely say that we are not speaking with God. If someone says that they are "not speaking to you" they are implying that they hardly have a relationship with you. Is that how we want to be with God? He certainly wants us to speak with Him, to present to Him our praise, gratitude, concerns, joys, and disappointments.
Many times our communion with God is all about requests and we seem not to have anything to give thanks for. Philippians 4:6 says, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." There is no need to look far to have something to thank God for. I even find that our children have learnt how to pray by saying please at the beginning of each sentence. Lord please protect my family. Please give us health, and the list goes on and on.
How would we feel if our friend or child came everyday and make requests without ever saying thanks? That is why the verse says "by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving". In our prayer we must always praise. Praise Him for being merciful, for without His mercies things would be far worse than they are now. God really does not need our praise but our praise brings us to a higher spiritual relationship with Him.
One great aspect of prayer is that no place can be considered inappropriate for prayer. At any time and anywhere were can silently give God thanks, intercede on someone's behalf, or pray that we have a safe landing on the plane. Everywhere is conducive to prayer.
We should be looking more towards heavenly things in all that we do and that is why the phrase from the book, Steps to Christ says that "prayer is the key to heaven's storehouse". If what we are praying for is not something that Heaven would be pleased with then we should not expect our prayer to be answered. God wants us to be marching towards Heaven. If what we are praying for will set us back in our heavenly march then out of love He will not grant it to us. Heaven's storehouse does not open to release unholy gifts.
Parents need to also learn this trait of our Heavenly Father. There are some times when love will make a parent say no. Children often do not see the logic behind a rejected request and may even understand it to be unkind or unloving, but parents have grown neurologically and oftentimes spiritually to be able to see what may lie ahead. God considers our prayer and looks at us with compassion and love and if what we pray for is not granted, never should we be disappointed in Him. We should praise Him even more.
Hand of Faith
The final part of this phrase from Ellen White is "the hand of faith". Faith is an indispensable part of prayer. Without faith in God our prayer would have no significance or power. In the process of prayer we need the Holy Spirit to help us to have faith. We must intentionally ask the Holy Spirit to fill us while we pray. For our hand of faith to open Heaven's storehouse with the key called prayer, we must be filled with the Holy Spirit.
This is the miracle that science will never be able to explain. Hebrews 11:1 says that "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen". How therefore can the miracles experienced during prayer be explained? I don't think anyone can, but somehow the Holy Spirit can help us to understand. At a recent revival meeting for the Mission to the Cities NP14, Evangelist Peter Joseph explained that one of the greatest miracles is when a sinner is converted into a saint. This happens by faith and every night at the campaign in the Queen Elizabeth Sports Center in Nassau, brothers and sisters in Christ come together at the altar and experience true ministry, Ministry at The Altar. -Mr. John Garcia, IT/Media Coordinator; Atlantic Caribbean Union
ATCU Communication Department
As the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (SBC) rallied its members on Sabbath, August 30 for the upcoming evangelistic campaign dubbed NP14, Pastor Leonardo Rahming, a local pastor of SBC, confessed before all those gathered at the Hillview church that when he first heard about the campaign he was “not interested.”
Looking the evangelist for the crusade Pastor Peter Joseph straight in the eyes, he repeated, “I was not interested.” Pastor Rahming then went on to explain that through prayer and reflection, he realized that the campaign is not about Leonardo Rahming, but about lifting up the name of Jesus.
Pastor Rahming assured Pastor Joseph that he is in full support of the campaign and that he will not only pray for a successful campaign, but will also put all his efforts into the task ahead.
As Pastor Rahming ended, he invited all of his pastoral colleagues to join him in surrounding and laying hands on Pastor Joseph. Members of the prayer team for NP14 were then invited to surround and lay hands on the pastors as pastor Rahming prayed for the evangelist.
Later on in the rally, Pastor Joseph expressed appreciation to Pastor Rahming for his testimony and prayer and said that it made him feel strengthened for the upcoming campaign NP14. Pastor Joseph presented a PowerPoint presentation called Ministry at The Altar where he explained to members how important their support is in the performance of one of the greatest miracles, which is Jesus’ blood turning a sinner into a saint.
The campaign will run for four weeks starting with a gospel concert on Friday, September 5, and the meetings begin on Saturday, the 6th at 7:15 P.M. and will be held nightly except for Mondays and Thursdays.
Communication Department, ATCU
The four fields of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) will be busy spreading the good news of salvation during August to November 2014. This four-month evangelistic focus, which includes the Mission to the Cities initiative, will include youth, lay, and local church crusades.
"Mission to the Cities,” an outreach program of the Adventist world church, involves each administrative level of the Adventist church organizing to preach the gospel to a major city located within the geographical territory of the respective level.
Consequently, in 2012, evangelists from around the Adventist world church convened in New York City to share Christ with millions. In 2013, division-wide campaigns were conducted. Therefore, in the Inter- American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD), Mexico City was chosen as the city for this important evangelistic thrust. This year, each union will target a major city in its geographical region for evangelism. Within ATCU, the city chosen for its Mission to the Cities endeavor is Nassau.
Below are some of the other evangelistic initiatives in which the fields of the Atlantic Caribbean Union will be engaged.
Cayman Islands Conference
The Message of Hope Campaign begins on Sunday evening, November 9, 2014, at the George Town Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grand Cayman.
According to Dr. Erika Puni, stewardship ministries director for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and speaker for the series, the focus is twofold: firstly, to invite persons who are being studied with to make a decision to follow Jesus through baptism and become disciples of Christ, and secondly, to provide an opportunity for church members to nurture and build their faith in the Christ.
North Bahamas Conference
The youth ministries department of the North Bahamas Conference (NBC) will commence youth camp meeting under the theme "Restoration, Identity Restored!" Pastor Rohan Simpson from the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is the guest speaker for this evangelistic series which begins on August 10.
Following this youth campaign, Evangelist Claudius Morgan of the Caribbean Union Conference will proclaim the gospel to the residents in Freeport, Grand Bahama at the Good News Gospel Explosion.
In preparation for the upcoming crusade, Pastor Samuel Telemaque, associate personal ministries and Sabbath School director of the IAD, will be in Grand Bahama from August 20-23, 2014, to conduct training for all Bible workers, head elders, prayer intercessors, personal ministries leaders, and Sabbath School superintendents.
South Bahamas Conference
The major evangelistic initiative for the South Bahamas Conference (SBC) for September is themed "Mission to the City: The Nassau Experience.”
According to the coordinators, NP-14, as it is referred to, “is an effort to share Jesus' love and the hope of His soon return through a holistic approach using various events including an evangelistic campaign. The campaign will be held in the city of Nassau which is the largest city in the union territory.
International evangelist, Pastor Peter Joseph, who also serves as the executive secretary for SBC, and the dynamic team members along with a 200-voice choir will deliver powerful services to impact the lives of everyone in attendance. The meetings will commence on Saturday evening, September 6, 2014, and will be held at the "big tent" located at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Center.
Turks and Caicos Islands Mission
The Turks and Caicos Islands Mission (TCIM) will engage in evangelistic outreach in most of the districts across the mission. These include the following youth and church crusades:
1) The "Jesus Loves Apps" youth evangelistic series with guest speaker Pastor Geovanni Franklyn from the Northeast Jamaica Conference is currently under way at the Blue Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church in Providenciales.
2) The Filidelfia Church crusade is scheduled for September 5-20, 2014, with a guest evangelist, Pastor Luis Torres, from the Dominican Republic.
3) The Ebenezer Church crusade in Grand Turk will be held during September 6-27, 2014, with a guest evangelist, Pastor Jude Bien Aime Joseph, from Haiti.
4) The Antioch Church crusade in Grand Turk will be conducted during October 5-25, 2014, with local lay evangelist Elder Patrick Gilroy Jarrett.
5) The Ephesus Church crusade in Providenciales will take place during October 2014 with Pastor Wilson Isnord.
6) The Five Cays Church crusade in Providenciales during October 2014 will feature local lay evangelist Elder Osias Joseph.
7) The Blue Hills Church crusade in Providenciales that will be held during October 2014 will involve the laity of the church.
8) The Maranatha Church crusade in South Caicos during November 2014 will feature Pastor Roy Lindsay.
Pastor Andrew Burrows, personal ministries director of ATCU, is inviting all the members, pastors, and workers across the union to unite in prayer and personal effort so that the union can be fully engaged in proclaiming Christ to the cities of the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Communication Department, CIC/ATCU
The Cayman Islands are a group of three islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman, which are situated in the western Caribbean Sea. The Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is one of four fields of the Atlantic Caribbean Union. While the majority of the membership resides and worship in Grand Cayman, there is also an established Seventh-day Adventist church in Cayman Brac.
However, history took place in Little Cayman when Evangelist David Campbell conducted the Message of Hope Gospel Seminar in the Village Square Plaza. The meetings were held from May 23 to June 15, 2014 and were the first of its kind for the island. On Sunday, June 1, the first baptism performed by an Adventist evangelist in Little Cayman took place. At the conclusion of the gospel seminar, a total of 3 precious souls were baptized.
Presently, the three baptized members from Little Cayman along with 5 members from the nearby Creek SDA Church in Cayman Brac comprise a fledgling group of Adventist believers in Little Cayman. They are joined each week by 15-20 frequent visitors for worship.
According to http://www.caymanislands.ky, the population of Little Cayman is just under 170 persons. Pastor Vaughn Henry, the district pastor for Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, explained that because many of the persons work in the hospitality industry, the meetings began at 9:00 p.m. each day to accommodate the persons who left work at 8:45 p.m. Pastor Henry praised God that each night there was an average of 13-15 visitors.
Communication Department, ATCU
On Monday, April 14, 2014, Paris Williams of the North Bahamas Conference (NBC) returned home to Freeport, Grand Bahama after spending three months in Mexico participating in the One Year in Mission (OYIM) initiative which was organised by the youth ministries department of the Adventist world church.
The comprehensive mission-oriented program realised approximately 40 young persons from Adventist churches throughout Inter-America converging in Mexico for mission training, community service projects, evangelism, and small group ministry. Paris, who represented the Atlantic Caribbean Union, reminisced that the experience really changed her spiritual life.
“I did things that I never thought I would be able to do, such as have an evangelistic campaign for a week, stand in the front of a group of people and tell others about God, do Bible studies, and have worship on trains and in public buses.”
On Sabbath, April 12, at a special service held at the Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Paris along with the other OYIM participants were awarded for their hard work and commitment to youth evangelism by Elder Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Upon her return to Grand Bahama, Paris was warmly greeted and welcomed back by her family and local church leaders of NBC. However, for Paris her work continues.
“My work is not finished as yet. I have to prepare an article for Vision, the Adventist youth magazine, and a sermon. Also, in July we will do a mission project in Guatemala for one week. I will always be a missionary, as our motto says "o sereis misioneros o no sereis nada" which means "you are a missionary or you are nothing.”
In 2015, Paris will assist Pastor Andrew Burrows, youth director of the Atlantic Caribbean Union, in organizing phase three of OYIM which will be conducted at the union level.
Communication Department, IAD/ ATCU
Watch the Pastoral Evangelism Summit from Mexico City and participate in the classes, which will be offered. Participants will receive continuing education credits as part of the year of Non-formal Education in the Inter-American Division this year.
The event will be held from Monday to Wednesday, April 7-9, 2014, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm each day (Mexico Time) or 9:00 am to 1:30 pm (Miami Time.) The event will be broadcast live at webcast.interamerica.org
Schedule of Meetings
Monday, April 7, 2014
8:00 am – 8:30 am: Devotional, Dr. Hector Sanchez
9:00 am -10:30 am: Natural Church Development, Dr. Tom Evans
10:30 am - 10:45 am: Break
10:45 am –11:45 am: Gaining Decisions among Hispanics, Dr. Melchor Ferrerya
11:45 am -12:30 pm: Involving Your Church in Evangelism, Dr. Balvin Braham
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
8:00 am – 8:30 am: Devotional, Pastor Tomas Torres
9:00 am -10:00 am: Evangelistic Strategies for Urban Areas, Dr. Gerson Santos
10:00 am –10:15 am: Break
10:15 am -11:45 am: Church Planting, Dr. Tom Evans
11:45 am -12:30 pm: Contextualization in Evangelism, Ptr. Samuel Telemaque
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
8:00 am – 8:30 am: Devotional, Dr. Abner De Los Santos
9:00 am -10:30 pm: Use of Technology in Evangelism, Dr. Donnieval Walker
10:30 pm -10:45 Break
10:45 am -11:45 pm: Evangelizing those of Non-Christian Religion, Dr. Richard Elofer
11:45 am -12:30 pm: Questions, Updates and Procedures, Pastor Jorge Garcia
Communication Department IAD/ ATCU
Inter-American Division’s annual Vision One Million program is focused on big city impact across the territory. This year, the satellite program will be broadcast from Mexico City on Sabbath, April 12, 2014, 12:00 noon – 2:00pm (Miami Time) 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Mexico Time)
Join and participate in this Grand Celebration!
Live on: Sabbath, April 12, 2014 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Miami Time (11:00 am a 1:00 pm Mexico City Time)
Live transmission in English through: —Hope Church Channel —3ABN —webcast.interamerica.org
Live transmission in Spanish through: —Esperanza TV —3ABN Latino —webcast.interamerica.org
Rebroadcast of the Sabbath, April 12 program in French at 6:00pm (Miami Time): —Hope Church Channel
Special Features: • Reports from the Large Cities of the Inter-American Division • Reports from over 6,000 evangelistic campaigns in Mexico • Live Baptism Ceremonies • Adventist World Church President Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson • A Call to Worship Service by the IAD President Pastor Israel Leito • Parade of the Unions • Special Music Performances
Nestled on the beautiful island of North Caicos in the Turks and Caicos Islands is found the Kew Seventh-day Adventist Church, whose members along with visitors gathered together in revival during February 20-22, 2014, under the theme “The Year of the Lord’s Favor – Blessed to Bless.”
Hearts were lifted heavenward by the soul stirring messages presented by Pastor Leonard A. Johnson, president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU). As a result of the dynamic preaching, coupled with the power of the Holy Spirit, two precious souls were baptized and added to the kingdom of God.
During the same weekend, on the afternoon of Sabbath, February 22, church members and the community expressed gratitude for the leadership provided by three local elders of the Kew Seventh-day Adventist Church. Clothilda Gardiner, Curelena Phillips, and Jean Claude Jean Baptiste were recognized for long and dedicated service to the church and the community.
They were presented with tokens of love and treated to a Sabbath luncheon in their honor. They also received words of encouragement from Pastor Johnson who highlighted the significance of their role to the local congregation and the community.
Also in attendance was Elder Hopeton Bansie, secretary/treasurer of the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission (TCIM), who presented certificates of affirmation to the elders on behalf of the mission. The event coincided with the Inter-American Division’s Elders’ Appreciation Day.
The weekend culminated with the newly baptized members being warmly welcomed into the fellowship by the church’s pastor, Anastacia Ferguson-Bansie; the union president, Pastor Leonard Johnson; and the local leadership of the Kew Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Communication Department, ATCU
During the first quarter of 2014, leaders of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) will be leading out in evangelistic meetings throughout the union.
Beginning Friday, February 21, Pastor Leonard A. Johnson, president of ATCU, will conduct an evangelistic campaign at the Kew Seventh-day Adventist Church in North Caicos in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Pastor Peter Kerr, executive secretary of the ATCU, will begin the Happy Family Evangelistic Series at the High Rock Seventh-day Adventist church in South Andros in the South Bahamas Conference (SBC) on Sunday, February 23. Four weeks later, on March 22, Pastor Andrew Burrows, associate personal ministries director at ATCU, will commence the Revelation of Hope Gospel Campaign at the Johnson Park Seventh-day Adventist Church also in the SBC.
During a crusade planning session held on Wednesday evening, February 12, Pastor Burrows underscored that the union leaders were committed to joining the pastors and members of the various churches in ATCU in front-line evangelism, proclaiming Jesus Christ to the people of the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The year 2014 will also witness major evangelistic campaigns being held in the four cities of the union, namely, Nassau, Freeport, George Town, and Providenciales. These meetings are a part of an initiative of the Adventist world church called Mission to the Cites which involves the gospel being taken to the cities of the world.