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.
A Modern-day Abraham Communication Department, ATCU
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place, which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8.)
This is the story of Bernard and Andréa Linden, husband and wife, parents, and lay members of the South Bahamas Conference. Andréa is a nurse by profession, and Bernard is a construction professional by trade. But, besides having professional careers, they consider themselves local missionaries and are passionate about building up the kingdom of God in the many islands of The Bahamas, the place they call home.
In the early years of their marriage, this God-fearing couple, with two young children, felt the call of God on their lives to leave the busy and crowded capital city of Nassau on the island of New Providence to work and live in the less populated islands of The Bahamas. For more than 22 years, their extraordinary journey of faith would take them to five of these islands, known as family islands, where they shared the gospel, built and renovated churches, and positively impacted the communities.
It began in 1992, when Andrea made a decision to trust God as she accompanied her husband to the island of San Salvador. Without receiving a transfer or submitting a request for unpaid leave from the Bahamas government with whom she was employed, she essentially left her job to follow the call of God. She recalled that her family had to depend totally on Him to supply all of their needs.
The work on San Salvador was difficult and rough at times, but it was a rewarding experience. Under the power of the Holy Spirit and through their efforts, the church expanded. They convinced other missionary couples from Nassau to join them.
Over time, they would live and work in Cat Island, South Andros, Acklins, Crooked Islands, and a few others with Bernard using his construction skills to assist in erecting new church buildings and renovating old ones. He would also use his God-given talents to preach and assist in the leadership of the church.
Amazingly, even though Andréa initially left her job as a nurse to engage in missionary work, God impressed upon the Bahamas government to rehire her and grant her two scholarships (one for each year she was off) to pursue Midwifery and Community Health Nursing. Referencing Philippians 4:19, Andrea admits that God used the government to supply their needs so that they could do His work.
Their test of faith and at the same time a confirmation of God’s answer to prayer came when on their last missionary journey to the island of Acklins, Andrea became sick unto death. It was this experience that took her to Uchee Pines, Seal, Alabama where God miraculously healed her through the use of natural herbs and green vegetables. However, the story took another twist when on the day prior to her returning home she was involved in a traffic accident in Alabama. She sustained a fractured pelvic; broken ribs and shoulder; a mandible laceration of the spleen; and lost consciousness for eight days. Again, God miraculously healed her and gave her a new lease on life and a renewed passion.
Today, after 27 years of marriage and over 22 years on the mission field, the Lindens have returned to Nassau. Andrea is the coordinator for the Chronic, Non- Communicable Diseases Program (CNCD) for the Department of Public Health in The Bahamas. She believes that God strategically placed her in this position. Bernard travels occasionally to Acklins to assist with the work there. Their two children are now young adults who are also passionate about sharing the gospel in their own unique way.
Because of Bernard and Andrea’s experience, it is their desire to establish a health retreat center on one of the islands in the Bahamas. Just like God called them many years ago, they believe that when God is ready, He will call them for another exciting journey on the mission field. And they will always be ready. Will you?
Communication Department, ATCU
More than 17 young people from the various unions across the Inter-American Division (IAD) along with 17 local youth from the Metropolitan and Aztec Conferences in Mexico City met in Mexico City on January 16, 2014 to begin phase 2 of the One Year In Mission (OYIM) program.
OYIM, which comes under the umbrella of "Mission to the Cities," involves young people being trained for and participating in community work and evangelism in the major cities of the world. The first phase was held in New York City in 2013. During the first phase, Carlos Sanchez from the country of Mexico was chosen by the IAD to represent the young people of the division in New York.
Having received the experience in New York, Carlos is now the coordinator of OYIM in Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world and the largest in the IAD. During the next three months, the young people of the Inter-American Division will be the hands and feet of Jesus in Mexico.
Representing the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) is Paris Williams of the North Bahamas Conference. Upon her arrival in Mexico City, Paris expressed her gratitude at being selected to represent ATCU.
"I am filled with joy to know that I was given this opportunity to be here in Mexico City, not just to be a disciple but to enhance my spiritual growth by the classes I will be taking and the community projects I will be involved in. I thank God for giving me this experience."
On the first Sabbath, January 18, the young people took part in a spiritual retreat in preparation for the three-month project. The following day, they took a tour to become familiarized with the city of Mexico. For the next 6 weeks the OYIM participants will be in classes learning more about the mission and work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and, afterwards, will be assigned to various churches and communities in the city to engage in community work.
OYIM Phase 2 will conclude with an evangelistic outreach during the first two weeks in April of this year. In addition, one of the assignments for each participant during OYIM phase 2 is to work along with the union's youth director in developing a similar project to implement in his or her respective union territory during OYIM Phase 3.