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Winning Your Marriage 2017

November 10-12, 2017 at Melia Nassau Beach Resort

All married couples, happy on unhappy, are invited to attend the WINNING YOUR MARRIAGE SEMINAR on November 10 - 12, 2017 at the Melia Resort and Hotel. The seminar is coordinated by the Family Ministries Department of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

The presenters are:

  • Dr. Raymond Ostrander, Andrews University, Michigan
  • Pastor Levi Johnson, Central Jamaica Conference
  • Pastor Paul and Joan Scavella
  • Pastor Kent Price
  • Dr. Joseph Evans, Myths About Sex
  • Dr. Antoinette Darling

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Fun & Laughs For Couples 2017

It's going to be fun! It's going to be exciting!

All married and engaged couples are invited to attend a night of fun and laughter on Saturday night, October 28, 2017, at 8 p.m. on the grounds of the South Bahamas Conference headquarters, 135 Tonique Williams-Darling Highway. There will be free drinks and eats. This is a "Winning Your Marriage Event."

Master of Ceremonies for the night will be comedian and actor, Chigozie Igeoma. He is affectionately called Hunkachunk and also known as Mr. 242. Versatile in his presentations, embodied with a gift of public relationship, a taste of gracefulness an acute instinct for family and social etiquette. He is a true master in his traits and has become one of the Bahamas' finest Master of Ceremonies.

My Life Today with Phillipa Walkes

Published March 25, 2015
Her face beams with joy and happiness. You may wonder why? Here’s her story. Phillipa Walkes, age 29, was living in the fast lane of life just over a year ago. As a single mother with a seven-year-old son, she found it necessary to have two jobs, one at a radio station and the other at a hotel. In the midst of her busy life, she was yearning for real meaning and purpose in her life. She grew in a Catholic Church but found it to be dull and dry. She wanted something different.
One day, while watching television, she came across 3ABN and found it interesting. The programs and messages seemed to be answering all of her questions on life and spiritual matters. She sensed a peace of mind as each day she listened and learned about the truths from the Word of God. One by one, without anyone knowing it, she was accepting the teachings as she heard them on the television from 3ABN. (Click on photos to enlarge)
Up to this point, she had never visited an Adventist Church or shared her new found peace with others. One day, while watching a program at home, she decided that she was going to keep the Sabbath and become a Seventh-day Adventist. On her own volition, she quit her job and went to San Salvador for about ten days to rest and reflect on her decision. When she returned to Nassau, she made up her mind that on Sabbath she would go to an Adventist Church. She woke up that Sabbath morning, got ready for church, and started to head out of the door when her sister asked her, "where are you going?" With a smile on her face, she responded, "I'm going to church."
That was an adventurous and somewhat disappointing first Sabbath for Phillipa. She first drove to Bethany Adventist Church on Wulff Road and discovered that it was closed. "That is strange," she thought to her self. Then she drove by Maranatha Adventist Church on Prince Charles Drive and then New Providence Church and saw that they were all closed. "Why are these churches closed today? Aren’t they Sabbath keeping churches?" she thought aloud. She felt depressed and did not want to go home to face any questions from her sisters. Still driving, she turned on the radio to a religious station and to her amazement heard someone advertising a Vegetarian Food Fair to be held at the Adventist Headquarters on Sunday. "I'm going to that Fair tomorrow and find out what is going on," she said to herself.

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon when Phillipa and her son turned up at the entrance to the Food Fair on the grounds of the Adventist Headquarters. To her surprise, she found out that there was an entrance fee. She had no money. What could she do? "I really need to ask someone some questions today. I cannot go home without finding out why there were no church services that Sabbath," she thought. "Please sir," she began as she shared with the gate attendant, "I do not want any food. I just need to know how I can become a Seventh-day Adventist." Just then Pastor Paul Scavella was passing nearby, and he heard the conversation and invited her inside the gate. He took her to his office where they had an intense Bible study. This is what she was looking for. She came with her mind made up. She was going to be an Adventist Christian. It was then that she found out about the gospel campaign conducted by Pastor Glen Samuels at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Center. She now understood that the churches were closed because the members were worshipping at the tent that day. It was April 24, 2004, just a few days after hearing about the meetings that Phillipa was baptized. I witnessed her baptism on the sunny Sabbath day. She came out of the water beaming, smiling, and rejoicing in her new found faith, and she is still smiling today. When you see her, it is as if joy is radiating all around her.

From that Sabbath day her life has been different. In her own words, it has been "wonderful, joyous, happy, and peaceful." She said, "I no longer worry or have burdens. I have a wonderful church family at the Living Faith Adventist Church." Phillipa Walkes shares her testimony by the way she lives. Although she was unemployed for a short time because of her decision to keep the Sabbath, she did not let that discourage her. She knew she made the right choice. Today, she works at G.P. Batteries as the sales and office manager. She is actively sharing Christ by participating each night as a Praise Team member at the Power of Truth Crusade (March 2005). At her church she serves as an usher, choir member, health director, and is involved in the Conference Listen Up Television Ministry.

You can email Phillipa at

Written March 24, 2005, by Barrington H. Brennen

My Life Today with Melody Hanna

Posted December 16, 2008

Bahamian Architect in Pennsylvania
She is tall, gracious, and lovely. Melody Hanna, 23, a Bahamian architect living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is employed at Urban Design Associates and enjoys designing cities and neighborhoods. Her beautiful names, Melody Vashti Zanita, was chosen by her parents because of their special meaning--"Song of beauty from heaven."
At the tender age of one (1986), Melody left the Bahamas with her parents and older brother, Pharez, to go to Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica. Her father, Dr. Martin Hanna, who was serving as a pastor in The Bahamas, was asked to serve as Associate Dean of Men at the University. He also served there as a teacher in the Religion department and an associate pastor of the college church. Her mother, Dr. Henrietta Hanna, was asked to teach in the Nursing department.

Four years later the family moved to Michigan, USA, where her father attended Andrews Theological Seminary to begin studying for his PhD in systematic theology. It was during this time that Melody began school at the Ruth Murdoch Elementary School, on the campus of Andrews University, Michigan, where she stayed up to the seventh grade.

Then the family moved back to Northern Caribbean University where her parents served as teachers. Four years later, she moved back to Andrews University with her parents where they were asked to teach. Melody completed high school, college, and university at Andrews University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree in December 2006. Then she completed a Master of Architecture degree in August 2007.
As an architecture student at Andrews University, Melody had the privilege of traveling to several destinations to view modern and ancient architecture. For example she visited with her class countries in South America and Europe, and many historical sites in North American.
Her older brother, Pharez, 24, earned a degree in Computing and works at Purdue University, IT department, North Indiana, just 30 miles south of Berrien Springs, Michigan.. Her younger brother, Zachary, age 12, is attending Ruth MurdockElementary School.
Melody is a member of the Hillcrest Seventh-day Adventist Church in Pennsylvania. She is also a member of the praise team and young adult choir and a section leader for the sopranos.
Although Melody spent most of her life abroad, she cherishes The Bahamas as her home. She enjoys returning home to meet friends and family. She especially enjoys the bright sunshine and the lovely beaches.
Melody's dream is to be a great architect and to succeed at the highest level in her field. She said: "my ultimate dream is to meet Jesus in heaven, but until then I'd like to be successful in my career. I'd like to get married, start a family, be happy, and just live a life that is a blessing to all that I come into contact with."

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