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By Patrice Williams-Gordon
Like so many things in our life, stressors are relative. That is, what may be considered a stressor to one person may actually be a source of pleasure and even elation for someone else. Take for example the announcement of a hurricane. Some people find this a welcomed potential as it may mean a few days of surprise vacation from work or school, while for others it may threaten unplanned for expenses and possible displacement. There is another popular announcement that may have similarly opposite effects on people, “Back to School”.One mother declared that those were the three most liberating words she has heard all summer as she anticipates transferring the daily responsibility of planning daily activities for her children back to the teacher. However, it is not surprising that this elation may not be mutually shared with teachers and school workers who must now say goodbye to rest and relaxation time and get back to the grind.
The second Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists Mission Student Project 2017, was held at the Spanish Adventist Church, La Senda de La Vida, Wulff Road, Nassau, The Bahamas in August this year. Eleven missionary students visiting from Navajoa Adventist University, Mexico, conducted small group Bible studies, Vacation Bible School, participated in a university fair and food distributions at the Living Faith Adventist Church. The Mission project culminated with a one-week Spanish Evangelistic Series called, ¨In Search of Hope¨ held August 12 to 19, 2017. Lamar Franklyn in pastor of the church and coordinated the event.
Four Hispanics were baptized at the end of the series. To God be the Glory! In addition, the First Spanish Pathfinder Club was organized. The church’s slogan is “Every Member a Missionary.” See photos below
The new believers coming out of the water
The new believers with students from Mexico
Pastor Lamar Franklyn (with microphone), Patrick Wilson, assistant Youth Director, and students from Mexico
The students taking a photo with Pastor Leonard and Mrs. Denise Johnson. Pastor Johnson is the president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union, serving The Bahamas Cayman Island and Turks and Caicos.
Witnessing with a smile.
About twenty biology students and a few faculty members, from Southern Adventist University (SAU) located in Tennessee, USA, visited North Andros for their two-week annual biology field trip in August of 2017. This was also SAU third mission trip to North Andros. In addition to studying the marine life and ecology of the island they were involved in missionary work.
On Sabbath, August 12, 2017, the students and faculty of SAU conducted special services at the Lowe Sound Seventh-day Adventist Church. The coordinator of the trip and the Sabbath service was Dr. Ben Thornton (Photo left). It was a joint Sabbath worship day for the three Adventist Churches in the area of which Lamar Franklyn is the non-resident pastor. The churches are Lowe Sound, Red Bay and Living Hope Seventh-day Adventist Churches. The Lowe Sounds church is the largest and located no too far from the beautiful sea shore in North Andros.
The students of SAU also donated funds towards the church’s renovations due to damages caused by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The theme for the district is “Every member a missionary?
Attend the first Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists Sabbath School Congress on Sabbath, February 24, 2018, live online from Miami, Florida. The link will be added here when it is created.
Don't miss the Lord Transform Meeting Conference-wide Rally on Sabbath, September 23, 2017, at 5 p.m. at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church, Tonique Williams-Darling Highway.
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