As the South Bahamas Conference gears up for the Lord Transform Me Reaping Campaign, the goal has to be uppermost in every member’s mind. Unfortunately, it has become common today to dismiss the idea of evangelistic goals and relegate it to just numbers. Such a posture is a huge mistake, as the church becomes laisez- faire, and dull in public witness (Matt. 28:18-20; Revelation 14:6-12). Essentially, winning souls for Christ is exclusively for the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31; John 3:16). Notwithstanding the penchant of many to relish the accolades that come with evangelistic exploits, believers cannot be sidetracked in the pursuit of soul winning goals.
Every member occupies the position of a spiritual leader - directing people to Christ. As such none can lose sight of the essential purpose. The indisputable purpose is winning souls for the glory of God (2 Tim. 4: 1-8). When every member carries out his or her role as a spiritual leader then huge numbers of people will have an encounter with Jesus Christ (Acts 2). Ultimately, the exposure to Jesus Christ, and his teachings will result in the exponential numerical growth of the church. What is at stake here is the very existence of the church.
On February 1 - 9, 2019, a number of evangelistic series will be conducted throughout the South Bahamas Conference. The intention is to witness 600 persons give their lives to Jesus Christ in baptism on February 9, 2019. As spiritual leaders every Seventh-day Adventist Christian must keep the goal in mind - six hundred souls for the glory of God.
In order to make it happen all members of the South Bahamas Conference must do the following:
- Clearly articulate the purpose for the Lord Transform Me Reaping Campaign.
- Communicate the goal in a way that keeps every member focused on its attainment.
- Make it the business of every person to mobilize and work together harmoniously toward the goal.
- Persevere despite obstacles, digressions and setbacks.
- Determine to accomplish the goal for the glory of God. (Warren L. Hoffman, The Secret of the Harvest: Mobilizing for Team Evangelism 130-134).
Begin to see yourself as a spiritual leader with the responsibility to manage and guide others to the goal. Remember it begins with a personal request and prayer, Lord Transform Me (Rom. 12: 1-2). Let us determine to be fruitful in character and numbers (Matt. 5:14-16; John 15; Gal. 5:22-23).
--Pastor Peter Joseph, Personal Ministries Director
Convention for the South Bahamas Conference is set for January 11-13, 2019 at Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium under the theme: ‘Christ, Our Only Hope’. Our guest speaker will be Pastor Kenneth Manders, President of the Bermuda Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Sunday January 13, workshops will be held at the Grants Town Church for departmental leaders from our churches 8:40a.m -12 noon. All local church leaders and assistants are asked to meet with their counterparts from the Conference at this time.
LORD TRANSFORM ME CAMPAIGN
Please remember our Lord Transform Me Campaign, which begins January 26th – February 9th, 2019. All members are encouraged to get involved as each church will be hosting meetings. On February 9th a joint reaping campaign will be held at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
ATCU PUSH INITIATIVE
2019 Reaping Campaigns in ATCU
The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, January 1-5,
2019 is: Personal Consecration.
January 13 – Workshop for communication leaders and assistants from our churches. Venue: Grants Town Church. Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon Upstairs
The Communication Department of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is seeking to employ an individual trained in television and radio production, skilled in video and audio editing and graphic design. Interested persons should submit your resume and two (2) reference letters at our Church Headquarters on Tonique Williams Darling Highway. Copies of Academic Degrees, Diplomas, a Video CV and any other Certifications are also required.
The said person should be a Seventh-day Adventist Christian who is a dependable team player, organized and able to multitask. For enquires and submissions please email: [email protected]
--Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, Communication Director
WOMEN’S MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT
First Quarter (January - March)
“WE” (Women Empowerment) - at a glance:
18 - Women’s Ministries Consecration Service,
Grants Town Church – 6:45p.m.
“ If shoes could talk” they would have multiple stories to tell. Our shoes would tell of the tears we’ve cried and how we’ve stomped out bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness. They would count the many valleys we’ve trudged and the many mountains we’ve climbed. But most importantly, they would tell how they’ve stood on God’s Word and claimed many victories.
Based on our Power Text: Romans 10:15 “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News”, join us for this one of a kind Consecration Service.
15 – New Providence Women’s Ministries Vesper Service 7:00 pm
TBA “God in Shoes” Zone 1 Community Outreach
2 – International Women’s Day of Prayer
Used, But In Good Condition Devotionals Are Needed. Kindly donate these items to your local Women’s Ministries Leader for distribution during our community out-reach projects.
--Mrs. Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director
MONTHLY MEETING BURIAL SOCIETY
The Adventist Burial Society will hold it's regular monthly meeting on Monday January 7, 2019 at 6:30 p.m at the Grants Town Church Annex. Members are encouraged to become financial and persons wishing to join the society are invited to attend. --Elder R. Henry Moncur
HEALTH MINISTRIES ANNOUNCEMENTS
~SAVE THE DATE~
8 WEEKS TO WELLNESS 2019 is scheduled to begin February 25 at 6p.m. at the H. D. Colburn Gym. Plan to attend, your body will love you for it. Prevention is the key. For more information please contact Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Director.
Coaches for 8 Weeks to Wellness 2019
All persons interested in volunteering as a coach for 8 Weeks to Wellness 2019 please contact Sister Nathelyn LaCroix at 242-323-0610 or [email protected] Training is scheduled to start the first week of February. This is a good way to keep yourself accountable to living healthy. Don't miss out on the opportunity.
Health Ministries Workshop
A workshop is scheduled on Sunday, January 13 from 8:40a.m. to 10:00a.m. at Grant's Town church. All Health Leaders, Assistants and those with a passion for health are all welcomed!
A special thank you to all the persons who volunteered and participated in the 'I Want to Live Healthy' Fun Run Walk. Movement is pivotal to wellness, so let's keep moving!
YOUTH TIDBITS Upcoming Events
10 DAYS OF PRAYER
January 9-19, 2019 is the global 10 Days of Prayer for the Adventist Church. Posters have already been sent to the churches.
Please visit the website for more ideas and resources for the local church. https://www.tendaysofprayer.org/
Public Campus Ministry Youth Congress Panama 2019
The Inter-American Division PCM Youth Congress will be July 18-22, 2019 in Panama. Expected delegates will be college/university students and professors from across the conference. Tentative total cost per delegate is $312.00 USD + airfare. The criteria for selection will be published soon.
Please see below the poster and union guidelines for the Bible Connection 2019.
Kindly assist us in promoting among adventurers, pathfinders and senior youth to prepare for this experience.
It would be good for a Youth Elder to be responsible to assist in this preparation.
Pastor Jamal Franklyn, Youth Director