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Daylight Savings Time End November 5, 2017, at 2 a.m.

Image result for set clock back 2017Set your clocks back one hour on Sunday morning, 2 a.m., November 5, 2017. Daylight Savings Time (EDT) 2017 will end and Eastern Standard (EST) Time begins.

Daylight Savings Time returns on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2 a.m. Before you go to bed on Saturday night November 4, set your clocks back one hour.

Click HERE for the link for time changes until 2020

Sun will set on Sabbath, November 11, 2017 at 5:23 p.m.

The earliest time will set 2017 will be at 5:19 p.m. on November 21, 2017 and will set the same time until to December 6, 2017

Bahamas Academy Cancer Awareness Chapel 2017

The following photos are taken by John Garcia, Atlantic Union photographer on October 2017

A special Chapel on Cancer Awareness at Bahamas Academy. Guest speaker was Pastor Basil Sturrup.


Leonard Johnson Elected to IAD Ministerial Department

News from Atlantic Caribbean Union Communication Department [ Updated October 31, 2017 ]

Image result for pastor leonard johnsonSee story on Inter-American Division's website

In addition to his responsibility as president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists, the executive committee of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, at its annual year-end meetings, which were held in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico from Friday, October 20 to Sunday, October 22, 2017, elected Dr. Leonard A. Johnson, to the position of associate ministerial secretary for the 24 unions of the division.

Dr. Johnson becomes the second Bahamian national to be elected to lead a department of this division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The first was Dr. Leslie V. McMillan who served as ministerial and communication director.

We congratulate Dr. Johnson on his election to this important leadership position and wish to assure him of our prayers for God to continue to bless his ministry with good success.

Dr. Cheryl Rolle, Communication Director, ATCU

My Life Today with Tessine Watson


"The young Lions lack and suffer hunger but those that seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing." Ps 34:10

I am Tessine Watson, born and raised in Nassau, The Bahamas, to Olive and Charles Watson. I graduated from Bahamas Academy in 1980. I matriculated to Oakwood College for three years and in my third year after hearing returning missionaries tell their stories, I felt impressed that God was calling me to GO.

Consequently, I spent one wonderful year teaching English and Bible in Seoul and Teajon, South Korea. Subsequent to my return to the United States the Lord impressed me to study medical missionary work at Wildwood Sanitarium. A few years later I was hired to work at Ellen White Estate at the General Conference in Silver Spring Maryland.

I completed a bachelor in Religion from Columbia Union College and providentially ended up at Andrews Theological Seminary where I just recently (May 2006) graduated with a Masters of Divinity.

My grandfather was Leonard Rahming Sr., a colporteur for the Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in the 1940’s who sold Ellen White books to my grandmother Inzalet Heastie, who later became a Seventh-day Adventist as well as Mrs. Inzalet Rahming.

I love being a missionary. Once a missionary you’re always a missionary. Once you get bitten with the mission bug you’re always going to dream of going back to the mission field. In 2002, I joined another evangelistic team to Suceava, Romania, where we held a Daniel and Revelation evangelistic series for 21 days. Prior to each meeting night I helped with health screenings and also gave health talks before each sermon. I absolutely enjoy giving bible studies and church planting. As an Associate Ministerial Intern at New Life I served in this capacity and totally enjoyed seeing souls come to know Jesus in a more personal way.

Recently, I spoke for Divine service at a church here in Silver Spring Maryland and I was invited to join their missionary team to India leaving on November 6-22, 2006. I’m really excited to be able to speak to the women in India about Jesus and about health.

Presently, I am temporarily working for the North American Division in Maryland. I am earnestly praying for a ministerial position within the church or even here at the General Conference Headquarters.

I find traveling to other countries (especially Bible lands) very intriguing. I have been on the New England Pioneer Tour where we visited the birth places of our church and also I have visited the seven churches of Revelation in Asia Minor and followed the footprints of Paul missionary journeys in Turkey and Greece. I also enjoy horseback riding and cooking vegan delights.


"I’ve learnt that if we trust God with all our hearts, not leaning to the way we think or understand things should be, and if we acknowledge his presence and his willingness and ability to help us, He has promised that He will guide and direct our travels, our finances, our relationships, our entire lives." Proverbs 3:5-7.

My contact: tessine at andrews dot edu (Substitute "at" with @ and "dot" with ".". There must be no spaces. This is done this way to avoid email software catchers.)

My Life Today with Elaine E. Sands

From the Archives -- Published March 23, 2007

Elaine E. Sands, wife, mother, church worker, and police officer. Elaine Sands is an outstanding member of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. On March 22, 2007, Elaine Sands was promoted to the rank of Superintendent of Police. She is also officer in charge of the police community relations section at Police Headquarters, East Street Nassau. As the highest ranking Adventist police officer on the force, she represents the church and her God in a dignified way on a daily bases.

Although Superintendent Sands was born in Nassau, her parents sent her to live for a few years in Cat Island, a quiet Bahamian island, with her grand aunt and uncle, Leon and Lucinda Banister, who were members of the Adventist Church in Bennetts Harbor, Cat Island. They wanted her to begin her education on that island. While living there, she accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and got baptized at age eleven.

Elaine has been married to Leevan Sands, a retired police officer, for twenty-six years. They have four children. Two are in college abroad and one just completed college in Alabama. Their last child is in grade school. Elaine is an active member of the Centreville Seventh-day Adventist Church, Nassau where she serves as an usher. When you go to church on Sabbath morning, you will be greeted by her warm smile and her friendly spirit.

As the officer in charge of community relations, Elaine is responsible for the domestic violence intervention and prevention training for all police officers and front line workers. She also conducts follow-up on domestic matters reported to the police. She is also responsible for integrating relevant law enforcement and social agencies into active partnership in the fight against domestic violence.

Superintendent Sands has a passion for serving people and helping those who are hurting. She is a humble, warm, friendly, kind, and generous Adventist Christian. She is actively involved in many community projects helping to fight against crime and conducting seminars about domestic violence all over The Bahamas. She has received extensive training in domestic violence education from the University of South Florida and the Northern Caribbean University.

Superintendent Sands hobbies are listening to contemporary gospel music, sports, and helping others.

Mrs. Sands joined the royal Bahamas Police Force on June 9, 1976 and steadily moved through the ranks from Constable to an Assistant Superintendent of Police. Her hard work and dedication is indicative of the fact that she received awards fro meritorious service, long service and good conduct.

She received the worldwide Certified Managers designation from the institute of Certified Professional Managers in Virginia, in conjunction with the College of the Bahamas. She is also a certified First Aid Instructor and has recently received a post graduate certificate in Criminal Justice and Police Management from Bramshill Police Training College in conjunction with Leicester University, England, where she also graduated as valedictorian. Superintendent Sands holds an Associate of Arts degree in Human Resources Management, with honours.

She is one of the official Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Trainer for the Police Force. She received her Domestic Violence Intervention Training at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and the Harrel Centre for the study of Family Violence at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Davie, Florida. She travels throughout the Commonwealth of the Bahamas conducting workshops and seminars. She also conducts follow-up on domestic complaints and juvenile matters.

She is the mother of four (4) children as was married for 26 years to a former Police Officer. She has two sons and two daughters. Her eldest son holds the National record for the Bahamas in Triple Jump: is a bronze medalist in the 2003 World Games held in Paris, France, he is also an Olympian and a graduate of Auburn University, Alabama. The second son and eldest daughter are both pursuing degrees abroad and the last daughter is in grade school.

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