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Independence In The Bahamas: A Time Of Thanksgiving And Reflection

A Message from Pastor Paul Scavella

Our country celebrates forty-five years of independence and we give God thanks for keeping and guiding us as a nation!

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” (Psalm 33:12).

We should not ignore the religious tolerance that we enjoy. This nation has been good to Seventh-day Adventists; providing an atmosphere in which the gospel can flourish. We have experienced our growth from a small group of believers becoming a company to a mission, then conference, and now two conferences. Indeed a growth that is nothing short of God’s blessing on our church and nation! Notwithstanding, the fields are ripe and ready for continued harvest.

The South Bahamas Conference, with over fifty churches and approximately 15,000 members must not remain comfortable while there is still much land to possess. Can we rest on this accomplishment and pat ourselves on the back and lay down the battle? No, of course not, there is much more we can do to hasten His coming. As of 1 January 2018, the population of The Bahamas was estimated to be 402,576 people. This is an increase of 1.45 % (5,762 people) compared to population of 396,814 the year before. This suggests that our church has still yet greater evangelistic exploits. There may be some of us who become weary when a public tent campaign is announced, saying,

“Another tent?” Yes! While other evangelistic methods must be explored and implemented, the public campaign has proven to be an effective soul-winning tool. It is my view that our celebration of 45 years of independence should point us to a dependence or connection with Jesus Christ. I urge every citizen and Seventh-day

Adventist to join me in realizing this objective.

On this Independence Sabbath, let me encourage each worker and member to be grateful to God for what He has given us. Some of us were born here, some naturalized, while there are others making valuable contributions to engender peace and prosperity. The negative aspiration of some to deface our nation is paled in comparison to the gallant effort of the mass for positive development and sanctity.

How blessed we are to worship God as our conscience dictates! It is a privilege to enjoy the natural resources that qualify our diversity. Equally important, are our people who are characterized as loving and peaceful. Let us not take these blessings for granted, but deliberately work to improve in areas of need. Invest in this beautiful country given to us!

Last but not least, God must be our priority at every step of our lives; being interdependent, but solely dependent upon our Creator… then others will have to come and inquire, “How are you so blessed?” Then, we will have to declare, “It is because we are refreshed and revived to Jesus!”

Happy birthday Bahamas!

Pastor Paul Scavella, President

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