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Two South Bahamas Conference Pastors in Mexico

Pastor Paul A. Scavella, the president of the South Bahamas Conference, and Jamal Franklyn, pastor of the Spanish speaking church, Nassau; and North Andros Church in The Bahamas, are both in Mexico preaching under the auspicies of the Inter-American Division evangelism emphasis 2017. They are preaching in Mexico for one week. Photos coming soon.

Here is the news from the Inter-American Division website about the event in Mexico. "The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-America will hold its annual baptismal celebration this Sabbath with a special live satellite event from Minatitlán, Veracruz, Mexico. SEE PHOTOS BELOW

The live event, coined as “Lord Transform Me”, will be the culmination of a six-month-long evangelism effort by thousands of pastors and active church members across the Inter-American Division (IAD) territory.

More than 5,000 are expected to attend. Another four sites across the Inter-Oceanic Union in Mexico will hold hundreds more baptisms on the same day. Another 30,000 are expected to attend those events.

Thousands more throughout the church in Inter-America will also be welcoming new members into the church through baptismal ceremonies.

“We are looking forward to coming together and seeing the transformation each new person has had in Christ,” said Pastor Balvin Braham, assistant to the IAD president for evangelism and main organizer of the annual event.

The event will allow church leaders view how families, churches, schools and communities are being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and the involvement of church members, explained Braham.

Pastor Robert Folkenberg, Jr. will be the guest speaker during the three-hour event, which will be broadcast through The Hope Church Channel, Esperanza TV Interamérica, and 3ABN Latino, in Spanish, English and French."

Inter-America to Celebrate Evangelism Efforts through Annual Satellite Event from Mexico

PHOTOS: Pastor Paul Scavella in Mexico--12 Baptized

PHOTOS: Pastor Jamal Franklyn - 36 Baptized.

Iglesia Adventista de Pueblo Viego, Distrito Acatlipa, Temixco, Mexico

Roy Stewardson Passed Away

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, Roy Stewardson, age 85, died unexpectedly at his home in Jamaica. Roy Stewardson is the father of Winsome Flowers, retired worker of the South Bahamas Conference; Patricia Henry, Mandeville, Jamaica; and Ricky Stewardson, in the United States. He lived in The Bahamas for many years while working in at Stanley V. S. Albury Agency as one their most outstanding sales representatives. He can be remembered for his friendliness, smiles, and humor.

Roy Stewardson was passionate about evangelism and church work. For many years he was the "backbone" of the Johnson Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, Farrington Road, Nassau, The Bahamas. As an effective lay evangelist he was instramental in leading hundreds to accept Christ as their personal Savior and Lord.

Outstanding Lay Evangelist and Local Elder Dies

Vernal Theophilus Rolle

February 23, 1942 to March 28, 2017

The administration and workers of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists regret to announce the passing of one of the leading local elders and award-winning enthusiastic lay evangelist of the Church, Vernal Theophilus Rolle. He was 75 years old. We extend sincere condolences to his wife Annie, his children, grandchildren, and extended family. He died on March 28, 2017, after a battle with cancer. He fought a good fight and was faithful to His God, family church and country. Funeral service will be on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. At Hillview Adventist Church.

A memorial service will be on Friday, April 21st. At 6:30 p.m.

Vernal T. Rolle, Sr. was born on February 23, 1942, in the settlement of High Rock, South Andros Island in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. On September 10, 1963, he was baptized into the Adventist Church by the late Pastor Silas N. McKinney, former Union President and subsequently became a member of the Grants Town Seventh-day Adventist Church. He served as a faith local leader in several churches, including the New Providence and the Real Harvest Seventh-day Adventist Churches.

Words that can describe Vernal T. Rolle are: energetic, lively, colorful, deeply spirit-filled, prayerful, playful, the life of the party, fun-filled, no nonsense, down-to-earth, practical, real, fair, gregarious, generous, kind and tender-hearted, a child of God.

In 2013 he was given special recognition for being a lay evangelist. The Northern Caribbean (NCU) Board on the nomination of the administration of South Bahamas Conference awarded Vernal T. Rolle for outstanding service in the field of lay evangelism. The 2013 Laity Award recognized the valuable services of laypersons within the field of Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) and Jamaica Union (JAMU) in support of the World Church’s Year of the Laity. To be eligible for the award the awardee must:

      • fulfill his calling from God by living his life in service to others
      • model servant –leadership both in the context of his life and his ministry
      • advocate Christian Education and
      • strive to promote Christian dignity

This award was presented at the NCU Baccalaureate Service on Saturday, August 10, 2013.

Vernal Rolle's evangelistic efforts began in 1976 and after just three years, his outstanding performance qualified him to attend the Festival of the Laity (held in Barbados) as the champion lay bible worker of the Bahamas Conference with over 100 souls baptized as a result of his lay efforts. From 1976-2013, Brother Rolle's baptismal Record confirmed that well over nine hundred and fifty-five (955) souls were baptized into God's Remnant Church. He was instrumental in establishing two (2) Churches in the Bahamas, namely The Real Harvest and High Rock Adventist Churches. He also was a charter member to establish the Bethany Adventist Church and served as one of elders and Personal Ministries Director.

Our prayers are with his family, and we are not without hope because we believe that Jesus will soon come and make all things new.

Additionally sincere condolences are extended to the McPhee Family on the passing of Francis McPhee of South Andros and her entire family. May the God of al comfort strengthen you all.

Paul A. Scavella, President

Bahamas Academy Alumni Weekend April 8 & 9

Update April 8, 2017

Excitement. Energy. Refreshing. Enthusiasm

These are words that described the Bahamas Alumni Weekend held April 7 and 8, 2017 at the school. Energy was brought to us by Brenda Scott, class of 1980, who served as the Sabbath School Superintendent for the morning. We all laughed when she said she was a "member of the elite class of 1980. The class was elite because it was made of up student who for a long while thought they could not graduate." She said she wasted two years of school. She worked a lot at home and came to school to have fun. "Why should I work at school also," she argued to herself.'

The sermon for the worship hour was given by ministerial intern, Lorenzo Rolle, class or 2010. He shared with us principles from the story of Hosea and his unconditional love for his estranged wife.

We were blessed to have attending Betty Moses, class of 1935; and Phil Antonio, class of 1938. On Friday night, Betty Moses shared what was Bahamas Academy like in the 1930s. Also sharing on Friday night was the first Bahamian principal for Bahamas Academy, Pastor Hugh Roach.

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ABOVE: Betty Moses, age 98, sharing or Friday night how it was at Bahamas Academy in 1935 and earlier.

ABOVE: Lorenzo Rolle, class or 2010, given the Sabbath sermon.

Bahamas Academy Alumni Association will be hosting its first 2017 Alumni weekend of events on April 8 and 9. Church service will be held at Bahamas Academy, Marshall Road at 9:30 a.m. All are invited to attend.

Basketball and volleyball games will commence at sunset (7:30 p.m.) at the H. D. Colburn Gymnatorium, Wulff Road. Graduating classes will compete against each other for the championship. Championship games will continue on April 9 (time for this event will be provided at a later date). There will be a small entrance fee. Food will be sold. Alumni shirts will be on sale at the door. Proceeds will go toward construction and renovation of the school's basketball courts. Come out and support this grand event.

Edward Romer, Alumni Coordinator

Northern Caribbean University President to Visit Nassau

Dr. Lincoln Edwards, newly elected president of Northern Caribbean University, located in Mandeville, Jamaica will pay his first visit to the South Bahamas Conference on March 31 - April 4, 2017.

Northern Caribbean University is owned an operated by the Adventist Churches in The Bahamas, Jamaica, Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Island. Dr. Leonard A. Johnson, president of Atlantic Caribbean Union (The Adventist churches mentioned earlier), is the co-chair of the University Board along with Pastor Everett Brown, president of Jamaica Union of Seventh-day Adventists.

Dr. Edwards will address our members at the quadrant 3 tent on Gladstone Road and at various churches on Sabbath, April 1, 2017. Thousands of Bahamians have attended the university of the many decades.

A Meet and Greet will convene in the Parents & Teachers Association Room at Bahamas Academy on Sunday, April 2, 2017. The entire membership of the South Bahamas Conference is invited to the Meet and Greet. -Office of Education

Link to Northern Caribbean University

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