2011

Ministry of Healing

"We should not allow our feelings to be easily wounded.We are to live, not to guard our feelings or our reputation,but to save souls. As we become interested in the salvationof souls we cease to mind the little differences that so oftenarise in our association with one another. Whatever othersmay think of us or do to us, it need not disturb our onenesswith Christ, the fellowship of the Spirit. “What glory is it, if,when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently?but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently,this is acceptable with God.” 1 Peter 2:20.

What and interesting quote from the servant of the Lord. In order to over come our damaged feelings, (which are real) may I suggest the following?

Firstly we must die to self daily. This is the time of the year when folk are sometimes injured or hurt in the church environment as decisions are made re service from an elected point of view, as well as folk will just rub you the wrong way. Protecting one self from emotional injury comes firstly by looking unto Jesus.

Secondly, remembering that our salvation is tied to Christ who died for you.

Thirdly when one is engaged in the work of evangelism it helps to focus your attention on Christ and not self.

If you are somewhat discouraged today find someone to invite to Jesus and watch that pain go away.

Cast all your cares upon him, and watch God do a new thing for you. I am a witness and a testimony.

Call me this week and let's begin a new journey together in prayer.

Use this Sabbath as an opportunity to make it right with God and others. Commit yourself to winning at least one soul for Christ.

Who in the South Bahamas Conference will have the joy of bringing a friend to Jesus before the week is out.

If it is you I would like you to submit a story in this regard as an encouragement to others.

Happy New Year to all from my heart to yours, and Gods richest blessing.
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Be Responsible With The Servant Of The Lord

During this time of the year and especially in matters relating to The Christmas season many members within the church tend to misuse Sister Ellen White to make points that she never made and never intended to make.

The prophetess to the remnant church was given as a gift to this church for the purpose instructing and encouraging the saints on their path to Heaven.

Members who abuse the writing of the servant of the Lord are no better than those who take the bible to support the abolishing of the Sabbath in exchange for Sunday or any other worship day.

In the same manner to not use her works is like a father giving his child the gift of a college education with full payment of tuition and the child goes to school but never attends class. What a waste.

I came across this poem by Thelma Burton and I though to share it with you today:

Sister White said it!!!!

Sister White said it
Well…. I never really read it,
But someone said she said it.
So of course it must be so.

To prove my point, I’ll quote it,
Though I can’t show where she wrote it,
But someone said she said it,
And that’s all I need to know.

It save a lot of time for me,
If I just listen carefully,
When others speak of sister White
And they say she said.

Though I can’t repeat it word for word
I’ll Tell you what I think I heard,
And quote you things from sister White,
That no one’s ever read.

Let us be responsible with the writing of the servant of the lord this Christmas.

She was a well-balanced lady. To misuse her or anybody for our own selfish opinions is not pleasing to God.

Have a blessed Sabbath.
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Traffic Laws In My Head

When you are approaching a red traffic light what compels you to stop? Is it the color of the light itself or is it a moral or legal decision? The light itself has no power to stop someone. The light simply reminds us that stopping is wise. The light also reminds us that there has to be traffic laws to prevent chaos and even accidents. More importantly, the driver has to internalize and personalize the reason and purpose for traffic laws. The laws must become a part of his psyche, belief system and behavior. When there are individuals who do not believe in obeying the traffic laws or who are selectively disobedient in apply certain laws when driving, we have confusion, accidents, road rage, and sometimes death.

Although there are many obedient drivers on our streets, far too many are disobedient, creating an appearance of a lawless society. It is my view the disciplined, obedient driving of residents is one of the signs of a civil society. If an automobile collision occurs on a road in a civil society, it is not the presence of the police on the scene of the accidents that controls the drivers and prevents further chaos. It is an internal control system of the drivers, located between the two ears, that store a set of moral values and beliefs which impact behavior, sensible choices and rational thought. Too many drivers seem not to have an internal control system or it is not working well. Disciplined drivers have traffic laws stored in their heads and do not need the presence of the symbol of the law, the police officer, to obey the laws. Disciplined drivers police themselves.

Where does this lawless driving start? It does not start on the streets. It starts in the home. It is my view that adults who drive lawlessly have been influenced by a dysfunctional home environment. First, where there is lack of structure in the home—no bed or meal times, no television control, etc—it is more likely that the children will not understand the importance of internal discipline and self-management. Second, when children observe that their parents/significant others do not respect simple laws of the road while driving—speed limits, traffic lights---these same children grow up believing that it is not necessary to obey laws of a country. In fact, they become a law unto themselves. Children keenly observe what happens when there is an accident. They would listen to the lies and deceit to cover up the truth. They learn from a very young age that maneuvering (gross inexactitude) to avoid a fine or jail from breaking the law is more important than being obedient to the law. They quickly learn that breaking the law is being “smart.” What make matters worse is when a disobedient driver claims that he or she has someone to help “get him off the hook.” This might be an influential person in government or even a police officer. This is one example how the cycle of corruption continues in a country.

What is the use of surveillance cameras, traffic lights, speed limits, pedestrian crossings, road markings, and speed bumps, if very few drivers obey them? I often hear people say that we need more police on our streets to prevent more traffic accidents or to respond to the infringements of traffic laws. It is my view that we do not need more policing by traffic cops. Instead we need personal policing by every driver on the streets. We need more drivers who have the traffic laws in their heads and are not depending on or not needing the presence of police officers to drive with discipline on the streets.

Unfortunately, lack of self-government is a serious flaw in far too many residents of our county. Self-management, self-discipline and integrity are greatly needed in our country. Unfortunately these qualities of behavior cannot be bought at Kelly’s, AID, Robin Hood, or John Bull. They cannot be picked up at a garage sale at a low cost. They are only available in the school of disciplined family living and can only be stored in the hearts and minds of well-managed, disciplined residents. It is my view that if we can get our parenting act together we will have less traffic accident and less breaking of traffic laws. Are the traffic laws in your head?

Barrington H. Brennen is a marriage and family therapist.
Send your questions or comments or question@soencouragement.org, or call 1242 327 1980
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How Can We Assist Members In Need of Our Help?

I found it difficult to rest last night because my thoughts were consumed with a young man who was baptized in the Youth Crusade two weeks ago. After responding to the call of God to became a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Demontry Ferguson now find himself in a situation where he is unemployed, in need of a place to live, and recently his life has been threatened.

The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that God’s grace is sufficient for us to triumph over our trials. As Demontry exercises his faith in God, I invite you to join me in prayer for this young man and others who might be in a similar situation. Additionally let us extend our arms of love in tangible ways and let Demontry know that he is not facing his trials alone.

Consider This!


If every Adventist who needed their car washed this weekend would say to Demontry I would let you clean my car; it would make a difference. In fact if we do this every week he would have a permanent Job. What are some of the other ways we can provide real help for those in need of our assistance?

Notes from the President’s Desk!


The Centreville Seventh-day Adventist Church Celebrates its 50th Anniversary this weekend.
- Friday Evening’s Speaker: Pastor Michael Smith, President: Turks and Caicos Mission.
- Sabbath, Divine Hour Speaker. Pastor Leonard Johnson: President: Atlantic Union Conference Mission.

Best Wishes During This Holiday Season


Happy Holidays and remember to be safe, kind and loving to as many people as we possibly can. This is how we live the gospel.

The Samaritan’s Purse


Have you contributed to the Samaritan’s Purse at your Church? Ask your Pastor how you can be a part of this ministry.

Text For Today


In as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these my children you have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40 King James Version

Quote for Today


The Savior sympathized with people, ministered to their needs, and then bid them to follow Him (paraphrase). Ministry of Healing page 143 Ellen G. White.
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Saints of God

My dear saints of God,

Another week is upon us and there is so much to be thankful for!

Pastor Nikita Thompson, one of our resident pastors in Eleuthera, has reported one baptism in Harbour Island with others pending. I travelled to South Andros over the weekend to install Pastor Asha-Dane Duncan in the district. Similarly, on the island of New Providence, the executive secretary, Pastor Peter Joseph installed Pastor Wilfred Adderley at the Redemption church. We pray for these two pastors and their families as they continue to serve our Master and King.

Union’s Rally:
I wish to express my gratitude to our members for supporting the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Rally held at the Centreville Church on Sabbath, December 3, 2011. Dr. Michael Toote and his team are to be commended for the role they played in the exercise.

Week of December 4 - 10:
On Monday, Bahamas Academy hosts the annual Christmas Programme at the Trinity Activities Centre in Stapledon Gardens. All are invited to come and support our children and staff of the academy in an evening entitled “Give a Little Love at Christmas”.

Pastors and office staff evaluation continue and should conclude this week. This essential exercise helps the administrators to assess ongoing work with the view to make adjustments if needed. Evaluation is an integral component of the Lord’s work.

Baptisms:
Our baptismal count reflects 837 precious souls. Our goal is 850. With God’s help, we can share the Word of God with 63 more persons and witness the transforming power of the Holy Spirit as they yield and become a part of the Remnant church. Let us not limit the power of God before year’s end. Let's fast and pray. Share your plans with your pastor and win one more soul before December 31. Work, fast and pray. Watch God work it out!

Constant in Prayer …:
In this joyous season, when many incline their hearts to our Saviour, it is a great time to share the Word. Let us remain constant in prayer, let us heed the word, and continue to tell the world of a risen Saviour who is in the world today. His Hand of mercy and His loving care abideth always!

Praise report:
A few weeks ago, I asked you to pray for a young lady who was baptized but did not have a job. I sent her to a company where she was interviewed and who indicated they would call her if they needed her.

She returned to the site a few days later to retrieve a photograph from the establishment. As she walked in, she was told that she was hired. Isn't God good? Let us continue to trust, believe and obey. Have a great week fellow believer! Keep your focus on God.
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Cause Of Crime

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Why would an individual develop a lifestyle of criminal activities? Why would someone make a deliberate choice to cause harm to another person or destroy the property of another? Sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, and theologians have asked these questions repeatedly over the past decades. Some answers exist about what makes the criminal mind works; but in spite of the information gleaned, criminal activities continue to rise, not only in The Bahamas but around the world.

Nineteenth century writer, Henry Thomas Buckle, who penned the “History of Civilization in England”, wrote these profound words: "Society prepares the crime, the criminal commits it." This is true because it is my view that the environment in which one lives impacts one’s lifestyle. Although not everyone is influenced the same way and will become a criminal, yet far too many become victims of a sick society. On the other hand, God created human beings with the ability to choose; hence, no one is forced to become a criminal. It is a choice one makes. So then, what influences some to become criminals? I will share with you the views of online writers Talija and Darius, which I believe correspond with my own observations and beliefs about why some people become criminals.

THE RISK FACTORS


Little or no love. Musicians Hal David and Burt Bacharach wrote this beautiful song in 1965: “What the world needs now is love sweet love.” It speaks directly to the central problem in society. Living in a dysfunctional family or a disadvantaged environment does not cause crime. According to one author, these factors can cause the lack of love, respect, and tolerance for others. When there is lack of love, respect, and tolerance, combined with other factors, a lifestyle of criminal activities can be created.

Poor Judgment

Writers Talija and Darius state: “Lack of proper education and great role-models cause many to fail to distinguish right from wrong. In most cases offenders don't think they are doing something wrong. It seems right from their point of view. Poor judgment is also reflected in knowing it's wrong, but thinking they could get away with it, not getting caught.”

Poverty

“Poverty is often blamed for leading to crime, however underneath is something more vital—society bombards us with commercial values, making us want more and more material things, to the point that some would do anything (including criminal acts) to get them. Unemployment is another factor in this category that contributes to crime through looking at ways to earn money by any means possible.” For decades many agencies and institutions, including the United Nations have researched the impact of poverty on crime and have found this statement to be true.

Television Violence

Christian writer, Josh McDowell, has documented from as early as the 1980s the impact of the media on social behavior and published his findings in his book “Why Wait,” The Impact of Television on the Lives of Individuals. Many individuals and institutions around the world, including the Surgeon General of the United States of America, psychologist T. H. A. van der Voort, and Dr. James Dobson, have published articles about the impact of television on the mind, especially on the mind of the very young and the youth.

Poor Parenting Skills

I have been writing about this point for almost two decades. In my articles, “Rules without Relationship Breeds Chaos” (Parts 1 and 2), I share how a misunderstanding of discipline contributes to so much pain and violence in so many families. Talija and Darius state “erratic or harsh discipline, lack of parental control, supervision and monitoring, parental conflict, family dysfunction/breakdown, criminal, anti-social and/or alcoholic parent/s, fatherlessness are underestimated causes of crime.”

Being A Victim In A Chain Of Events

“Sometimes individuals don't mean to cause harm, but are drawn into it by a chain of events that are beyond their control or influence.” This is not being stated as an excuse but as a factor for individuals, especially those who have been raised in dysfunctional homes and have not developed a disciplined lifestyle.

Deprived Neighborhoods

Talija and Darius write: “Economically impoverished neighborhoods breed criminal minds.” This seems to be painfully true, although not in every case because other factors are usually involved that influence criminal behavior. For example, the reasons stated earlier in this article.

Ecological

“It has long been known by police officers that cold winter nights keep criminals off the streets and crime levels down. Crime scientists speculate that one of the hidden consequences of global warming will be an increase in street crime during mild winters. Studies have suggested that warmer temperatures boost aggression hormones such as epinephrine and testosterone.” Could this be true in The Bahamas and the Caribbean?

Sin

The Christian readers may appreciate this reason. Often, there seems to be no reason some people act so violently. The only answer is that this is an evil world and that evil doers are being influenced to do wrong by the ‘evil one.”

These risk factors should cause us to pause and think and can help us find ways to prevent and reduce criminal activity. Next article will deal with prevention.

Barrington H. Brennen is a marriage and family therapist and nationally certified psychologist, USA.
Send your comments and questions to question@soencouragement.org or visit www.soencouragement.org or call 1(242) 327-1980

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Friendship Week - November 19-25. 2011

Theme: “Be a Friend. Make a Friend”

  • Friendship Saturday – November 19 - Emphasis in churches. Repeat Friendship Pledge. Sing Friendship Anthem (Music Attached)
  • Friendship Sunday – November 20 – Emphasis in churches
  • National Friendship Day – Wednesday, November 23 – parade of Civic Ceremony with the Governor General. From Rawson Square (10 a.m.) to Southern Recreation Grounds.
  • Friendship/friendliness every day in every institution, businesses, school, home.
Friendship Week and National Friendship Day is coming. Make sure your church or institution is a part of Friendship Week.

Pastors and school principles, note carefully the Friendship Pledge and Anthem on the website www.soencouragement.org/firendshipday

The Friendship Pledge


Driven by the spirit of friendship for my family, neighborhood and country,
I pledge:

My out stretched hands to serve and protect you
My attentive ears to care and listen to you
My winsome smiles to cheer and warm you
My rightly spoken words to inform and guide you
My time, efforts and motives to do to you as I would have you do to me;
So together, under God we remain one people, UNITED.

Written by Patrice Williams-Gordon
Member of the National Friendship Committee (c) 2011


The Bahamas Friendship Anthem


Friendship Cords
Lyrics and Music by Marguerite Samuel (c) 2011

Let all the nation join us in love and friendship chords,
For each of us was given a life to share his love.
Be kind to those who do you wrong, and smile to cheer their day.
This simple act of grace will change the pattern of disgrace.

We cannot let our quarrels and preconceived ideas,
Erase divine compassion, benevolence and grace.
For in our sin God ransomed us, defeated every grave.
But if we love beyond ourselves, our problems He will take.

When someone seems too angry and their frustration stings,
Make sure to think beyond their present so distinct.
Reach out to them; don't mind the sting, for God's love conquers all.
Your kind embrace will melt disdain on our Bahamian shores.
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Adventist Church Regional Leaders To Meet In Nassau

The Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission (ACUM) will host approximately one hundred and fifty leaders of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD) as they meet at the Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island for their year-end meetings during October 28 - November 1, 2011.

The IAD is the largest division of the thirteen divisions comprising the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its territory includes the countries of Inter-America, of which the Bahamas is a part, and it boasts a membership of over 3.3 million.

During the weekend, leaders from IAD's twenty-one unions, including ACUM, will present reports from their fields at the Fall Symposium Council that will be held at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway on Sabbath, October 29, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. Pastor Israel Leito, president of IAD, will lead the delegation and preside over the meetings.

While in Nassau, Pastor Leito will also speak at the dedication ceremony for ACUM's new headquarters situated on Gladstone Road, Nassau, Bahamas on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.

ACUM has oversight of the work of the Adventist Church in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Less than a year old, it was organized on November 29, 2010 in Mandeville, Jamaica as a result of the restructuring of the former West Indies Union of Seventh-day Adventists which, for 104 years, had overseen the work of the Church in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Jamaica.

Headquartered in Nassau, Bahamas, ACUM served its 27,000 Atlantic Caribbean members from its temporary location in the Summer Winds Plaza on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway for the past ten months.

About a month away from celebrating their first anniversary, ACUM officials are looking forward to the weekend.
"ACUM feels honored to host these historic meetings as it nears its first anniversary," Pastor Johnson, president of ACUM said. "We give God thanks and all the praise for the wonderful things He has done through us in our new union and in other parts of our division and around the world.”

By Dr. Cheryl Rolle, Communication Director (ACUM)
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National Youth March Route

Date: Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

The parade will travel East along West Bay Street to Navy Lion Road, North along Navy Lion Road to Bay Street. East along Bay Street to East Street. South along East Street to Ross Corner. West along Ross Corner to Market Street. South along Market Street to Chapel Street. West along Chapel Street to Meadow Street. West along Meadow Street to Nassau Street. North along Nassau Street to West Bay Street. West along West Bay Street to Clifford Park.
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Transform Your Life… God's Way

Event: Vespers
Theme/Topic: Transform From the Inside Out
Date: Friday, September 30, 2011
Time: 7:15 p.m.
Location: New Providence SDA Church
Contact: South Bahamas Conference
Telephone: 341-4021

Clestine I. Herbert, also known as, Clestine, the Purpose Coach, is an Elder, international speaker, mind-alignment life coach, and author of the book Knuggets of Knowledge to Get Unstuck. She is the founder and CEO of Divine Discipline, a life development company built on the principals of Romans 12:2, Some of her other accomplishments include acquiring a Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Engineering which launched an 8 year engineering career; managing a quarter of a million dollar not-for-profit agency, pioneering and supporting many programs within the church and community; being featured on 3ABN Today, interviewed on several Christian radio programs, providing motivational nuggets for The Gospel Buzz and WTMP. She and her articles have also been featured in several Christian magazines, Overflow, SDA Collegiate Quarterly and Adventist Review to name a few.

Clestine brings a message of empowerment, encouragement and exhortation through her speaking and coaching. Her passion is to support women in aligning their minds with God, their life purpose and success habits.

Trained at the “Holy Spirit University”, her energy and passion are infectious, and will inspire you to be stretched to have a more intimate relationship with God. Her unique style provides her audience with a blended approach of applying spiritual tools with God’s success principles. In Deuteronomy, God states that if we diligently obey Him, blessings will over take us. We can have peace and joy in the midst of our trials through Christ Jesus.

Come and hear the message God has for you!
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Condolences

The South Bahamas Conference regrets the passing of Elder Alfred Brown, an outstanding layman who served at the Grant's Town and Good News Churches. A service of thanksgiving for this great warrior of Christ will be held at the Grant's Town Church on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. Our sympathy is extended to his wife, Gloria, children and extended family. May God provide comfort at this trying time.
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Alert: Funds Needed

The Conference Administration and Pastor Andrew Burrows will travel to affected areas of Hurricane Irene; Inclusive of Cat Island, North Eleuthera and Acklins.

On Sabbath, September 3rd, 2011, all churches are asked to lift a special offering to assist with relief efforts in this regard.

- Administration.
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Hurricane Irene

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Residents in the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are praising God for His blessings and mercies as there were no reports of serious injury or loss of life.

Many realized that were not for the intervention of God the picture could have been one of great tragedy and grief. Essentially Irene has downed electrical poles and telephone lines; damaged roofs and uprooted many trees young and old.

In the Bahamas, the National Emergency Management Team (NEMA) commenced its assessment earlier today, Friday, August 26, 2011 by visiting the southern islands of the Bahamas, namely Acklins and Crooked Islands.

Observe these initial reports from Pastor Andrew Burrows Community Services Coordinator for South Bahamas Conference and Pastor Michael Smith, president of the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission.

An Initial Report from the South Bahamas Conference on the Effects of Hurricane Irene

On Thursday afternoon, August 25, Pastor Peter Joseph, executive secretary and I, did an initial assessment on the island of New Providence. By this time Hurricane Irene was near the island of Abaco, having affected in some way almost every island of Bahamas. While there were visible and verbal reports of property damage, there were no reports of injury or death associated with the storm. Even in the midst of the storm we praise God.

Our first stop was the New Bahamas Academy. On the way there, we came across downed trees and power lines in various sections of the island. Once there everything appeared to be in order as there no visible damage as we continue to prepare for the school’s opening in just over a week.

The Good News and Hillview churches, which were designated as hurricane shelters by NEMA were fully operational being staffed by church members, Defense Force personal and Red Cross workers. There were some 40 persons who were registered at the shelters.

Reports out of the Family Island were not completed. However, up to Thursday evening reports from the Exuma, and Inagua district were gracious as there were no significant damage. In Crooked Island, the shelter at the Landrail Point Church was fully operational. In addition, national reports indicated significant property damage in Acklins, Cat Island and flooding in Long Island.

Now that the storm is trekking away from the Bahamas, a more up-to-date and comprehensive assessment will eventually be given. The South Bahamas conference stands ready to render whatever assistance is needed, particularly in our family islands.

Yet the hurricane season is not yet over. As we are now in the peak of the season our watch words ought to be:

Always Praying and Always Preparing. - Pastor Andrew E. Burrows, Adventist Community Services Coordinator, South Bahamas Conference

The following News Article captures in a general way the effects of Hurricane Irene on the Bahamas:


Hurricane Irene: The Bahamas Picks Up The Pieces After Devastating Storm

International Business Times
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/204523/20110826/hurricane-irene-2011-bahamas-nema-nassau-cat-island.htm
August 26, 2011 1:58 PM EDT

Although Hurricane Irene departed the Bahamas Thursday night, islanders are left to pick up the pieces and assess the damage to their archipelago.

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reported that the central and southeastern regions of the Caribbean nation were pulverized by the storm, while New Providence and Grand Bahama largely avoided Irene’s full impact.

Cat Island, Rum Cay, Crooked Island, Acklins and Mayaguana have reportedly incurred millions of dollars in property damages, as hundreds of homes, churches and other infrastructure were either destroyed or badly damaged. NEMA said that 90 percent of the settlement at Lovely Bay, Acklins has been wiped out.

“House roofs and several homes [were] blown away. Power lines and trees went down in the roads, and the shelter’s population increased,” NEMA said in a statement.

Captain Stephen Russell, director of NEMA, told the Miami Herald newspaper: “I’m concerned about Cat Island, and heard about some conditions in Eleuthera. Rum Cay and San Salvador don’t seem too bad right now.”

The Herald also said heavy damage was reported in Chester Bay and Salinas Point. Another witness told the paper that Crooked Island is “devastated” with dazed residents who had lost their homes wandering around.

However, no lives were lost, according to a report in the Nassau Guardian newspaper.

Downed electric lines have cut off power to thousands of residents.

The Bahamas Electricity Corp. (BEC) said in a statement: “At present, a number of customers are experiencing supply disruption. These outages may be caused by downed power lines due to heavy winds or trees falling on lines. Also, feeders that tripped due to fault conditions remain out of service until assessments can be carried out. This minimizes the risk of equipment damage as well as potential harm due to the possibility of downed energized power lines.”

Residents of New Providence and the Family Islands were particularly vulnerable to power outages.

According to the Guardian, local meteorologists recorded wind gusts as high as 140 miles per hour in some parts.

“That is significant and that is why you hear all the damage taking place,” said meteorologist Godfrey Burnside
One local official told the paper: “There is a tremendous amount of debris on the roads. Our first priority is to clear the streets, so we’re putting together a team of workers to clear the streets to give us access.”

Transportation in and out of Bahamas will likely be limited over the next few days, A total of 13 inches of rain are believed to have fallen on the islands, according to reports.

It was the worst storm to hit the Bahamas since Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
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Let's Prevent Dengue!

Here Are The Facts?


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The Aedes Aegypti Mosquito causes Dengue. The mosquito is a domestic pest and lays its eggs in water containers.

Dengue fever and Dengue Haemorrahgic Fever (DHF) can spread quickly, affecting many people and resulting in illness and loss of life.

What Is Dengue Fever?


Dengue Fever is a serious viral disease caused by the bite of an infected Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

Dengue Fever causes a severe flu-like illness, affecting both children and adults.

Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever is a more severe form of dengue. It causes bleeding and death. DHF can be very serious in affected persons.

What Are Signs of Dengue?


Dengue Fever may cause:
  • Sudden high fever
  • Severe headache, especially in the forehead
  • Pain behind eyes, which worsen with eye movement
  • Muscle and joint pains
  • Loss of appetite
  • Measles-like rash over chest and upper limbs
  • Nausea and vomiting
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Important Dates For Bahamas Academy

Orientation for the Elementary and Secondary Division parents will be on Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Marshall Road Campus.

Orientation for all Elementary and Secondary students will be on Friday, September 9 at 8:50 a.m. at the Marshall Road Campus.

Class will begin for all Elementary and Secondary students on Monday, September 12 at 8:50 a.m.

Parents in need of bus service are asked to sign up on the school’s website www.bahamasacademy.org as soon as possible.

Bahamas Academy regrets any inconvenience these changes may cause.

Please note that these changes will not affect the reopening dates for the Early Learning Center (ELC) on Old Trail Road.

Orientation for new students of the ELC will be on Friday, September 2 at 8:50 a.m., and classes for all ELC Students begin on Monday, September 5, 2011.
Mr. Anthony Burrows, Principal

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The Soaring Orators of Johnson Park Toastmasters Club

Leadership is important in every organization because it ensures continuity and makes sure it does not fall apart. This is no different at The Soaring Orators of Johnson Park Toastmasters Club, and on Wednesday July 6th 2011 we saw that the organization is in no danger of falling apart. To begin the new Toastmaster year,eight officers were installed, as Toastmasters from the soaring orators and clubs around New Providence watched as the Toastmasters Division Governor pinned each of the new executives. They are:

President: TM Takara M. Lewis ACB,ALB
Vice President of Education: TM Estelle Clare CC CL
VIce President of Membership: TM Chandalear Forbes CC
Vice President of Public Relations: TM Joseph Lewis
Treasurer: TM Yamma St. Fleur
Secretary: TM Manouchka Bien-Aime
Sergeant at Arms: TM Yvan Cherenfant
Immediate Past: Rory Major ACB.ALB

The pinning ceremony was followed immediately by the President's address entitled "I Lead because I fear leadership" where she encouraged Toastmasters to step away from their comfort zone and seek to offer themselves as leaders within the club.

The highlight of the evening was the award ceremony where the following awards were given out:
Rising Star of the year: Runner up - TM Sophia Hughes, Winner - TM Yvan Cherenfant
Evaluator of the year: Runner up - TM Carla Hamilton CC CL, Winner - TM Barry SHane Saunders ACS ALB
Speaker of the year: Runner up - TM Joseph Lewis, Winner - Eric Sweeting ACB
Toastmaster of the year: Runner up: TM Eric Sweeting ACB, Winner - TM Donna Hanna

The Soaring Orators of Johnson Park meets every Wednesday from 6 p.m to 7:15 p.m and is open to all Seventh Day Adventist ages 18 and older. For more information contact us at soaringorators@yahoo.com or on our facebook page, facebook/soaringorators

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Pastor L B Wellington Visits to Re-launch ASI Chapter

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The South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is now home to the newest chapter of ASI in the Inter-American Division. Pastor Leon B Wellington, Vice president of The Inter American Division with responsibility for ASI (Adventist Laymen And Services Industries) official re-launched this chapter on Sabbath July 9, 2011. ASI is an association of Adventist Lay persons, business owners and professionals who formally combine their skills and efforts to lend financial and social support to projects of the church.

The ASI Emphasis Sabbath was hosted by the Pastor and members of the New Providence Church where Pastor Wellington served as the Divine Worship speaker. Several past and prospective ASI members were in attendance and were all spiritually stirred to action and commitment. Under the chairmanship of Elder Melvin C Lewis, Pastor Wellington conducted an informative symposium outlining the aims, objectives and benefits of the ASI organization. In attendance was a wide cross section of prominent Adventist Lay business owners and professionals.

Election of officers was the last item on the agenda. Pastor Paul Scavella, President of the South Bahamas Conference, chaired the nominating committee for the officers of the re- established chapter. The following officers were elected for the next two years:

President: Keith L Major
Vice- president: Jeremiah Duncombe
Vice president: Constance Cartwright
Treasurer : C Melvin Lewis (conference representative)
Secretary: Stanley Sands
Public Relation Officer: Dave Williams
Board members: to be determined

Though an independent organization, ASI is fully supported by the SDA organization and as such has representation from all levels of the church. Elder Roderick Sands, treasurer of ACUM is the Union representative while Elder Melvin Lewis, treasurer of the South Bahamas Conference serves as the conference administrator with responsibility for ASI in the South Bahamas.
During the week of August, 17- 20 2011, The Inter- American Division will convene its annual Convention in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It is here that the Bahamas Chapter will be officially recognized.

The new President, Elder Keith Major, in his remarks to the association encouraged listeners to endorse their interest with commitment while inviting others to become members. He urged them to join the team as together they all work to support the church in the spreading of the gospel.

Eligible to join ASI is any lay Seventh Day Adventist business owner or person of influence in any organization.
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ASI Emphasis Weekend

All Seventh-day Adventist Business persons and Entrepreneurs are cordially invited to be our guests at South Bahamas Conference ASI Emphasis Weekend this Sabbath, July 9 at the New Providence SDA Church, Soldier Road, under the theme My Cup Runneth Over.

Come be inspired by our Guest Facilitator: Pastor L. B. Wellington Vice President of The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Inter American Division

A special Divine Hour Service will precede an informative Symposium at 4:00 P.M. in the Sanctuary of the New Providence Church. Your participation is greatly desired.
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South Androsians To Meet

Gordon, Danhugh
Pastor Danhugh Gordon is asking all South Androsians to meet with him at the Hillview Sevenenth-day Adventist Church.

Date: July 10, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Please make arrangements to be there. Thank you! Read More...
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Camp Shirts and Tickes Available

T-Shirts


T-shirt and Polo Shirts are available for the First Historic Camp meeting of the South Bahamas Conference.
Your can order them at the conference office by calling 3414021.
 
Ask for Pastor Burrows or anyone in the Treasury Department to purchase your memory shirt.
 
Prices for the T-shirt are:

$10/$14 & The Polo shirts are $25.  

Order must be placed Thursday July 30, 2011 - 12:00 noon.

Meal Tickets


Meal Tickets for sabbath Lunch are still available up until July 29 at 5:00 p.m.  Come into the office and purchase your
Tickets right away - ask for sister Curline Forbes or Althemae Knowles.
 
Thank you for being a part of Camp meeting 2011. Read More...
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Recall Notice

The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart.
This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed "Sub-sequential Internal Non-Morality,"
or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.

Some of the symptoms include:
1. Loss of direction
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of origin
4. Lack of peace and joy
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion in the mental component
7. Fearfulness
8. Idolatry
9. Rebellion Read More...
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PK Club Launched

“What shall it profit pastors to baptize the whole city but lose their own children? To dedicate one's entire lifework to the salvation of other people's children while losing one's own is not only a tragedy but a travesty.”

So wrote Pastor James Cress, former Ministerial Secretary of the General Conference of SDA, after imbibing the findings of his intensive study of the spiritual life in the parsonage and the factors that affected attrition among Pastors’ Kids, (PK’s).

The world church continues its effort to nurture all groups of members in the church and as such encourages the deliberate care of our clergy’s family. Read More...
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Adventist Page

PDF Document

View PDF page of the Adventist News for April 7, 2011. Featured Articles: Evangelism Burns Within Our Hearts, Investiture Service and The Green Mile. Read More...
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Congratulations to Pastor & Mrs. Rahming

On Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 9:26 P.M., Pastor and Sister Leonardo Rahming welcomed God’s beautiful gift of a baby girl, Davincia Abrielle K'reema Rahming, into their home. Read More...
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Bahamas Academy Alumni Shine

Congratulations to Kenreah Brown, Cointe St. Brice, Darnell Johnson and Shervon St. Brice for making the Dean’s List and Honour Roll at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. These recent graduates of Bahamas Academy continue to excel though separated from the comfort of home and parents. Read More...
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Seven Choose Christ

Monday, March 7, 2011 will be forever etched in the minds of seven students who were baptized at Bahamas Academy as a result of the Fall Week of Prayer held in October 2010. Subsequent to the Week of Prayer meetings, Pastors Danny Major and Lynden Williams guided the students in a course of studies over a three month period in preparation for baptism. We congratulate the students for the wise decision they made and to their parents and teachers for the supportive role they played. Read More...
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