Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, ‘Follow Me’” (Ellen G. White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 143).
Just what does it mean to ‘minister to the needs of people’? It is simple: giving a listening ear when someone needs to talk, giving emotional support, feeding the hungry, giving shelter to the homeless, clothing the naked and praying for and with an individual are some of the things that we can do through ministry. Jesus desired the good of the whole person, physical, emotional and spiritual.
When Jesus left earth, He left us the great commission of saving souls. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matt 28: 19 – 20). However, before we teach and baptize, we are mandated to minister to the physical needs of individuals.
Every member of the church is called to follow the example of Jesus by meeting the mental, physical, social, and spiritual needs of persons in their communities.
“If less time were given to sermonizing, and more time were spent in personal ministry, greater results would be seen. The poor are to be relieved, the sick cared for, the sorrowing and the bereaved comforted, the ignorant instructed, the inexperienced counseled. We are to weep with those that weep and rejoice with those that rejoice. Accompanied by the power of persuasion, the power of prayer, the power of the love of God, this work will not, cannot, be without fruit” (MH 143).
When we minister to our neighbors, colleagues and persons in the wider community as Jesus did, introducing them to Christ, we will be well received. Persons will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and He will soon return.
Lord Transform Me Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually.
--Mrs. Nathelyn Lacroix, Health Ministries Director.
The Administration of the South Bahamas Conference extends a heartfelt thank you to all of the persons who served in various capacities last weekend to make our New Year’s Convention a success. We are also grateful to our members for supporting the meetings with your presence. I am sure that we were blessed by the ministry of Pastor Kenneth Manders.
Pastor Kenny Deveaux, President.
LORD TRANSFORM ME CAMPAIGN January 26th – February 9th, 2019.
Many churches in our Conference will begin their Evangelistic Campaigns on January 26th, while others will start on February 2nd. During this period, we want the South Bahamas Conference to illuminate the Bahamas with the glorious light of the Three Angels Messages as we move to a magnificent climax to these meetings on February 9th at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium. Let us all do our part in the work of the Lord.
ATCU PUSH INITIATIVE
2019 Reaping Campaigns in ATCU The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, January 20 - 26, 2019 is: Love at Home.
CHILDREN & ADOLESCENT MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT
Last weekend the Children and Adolescents of our Conference led out in their own Convention celebrations at the Hillview Church on January 12, 2019. We are grateful to all of the C.H..A.M leaders & assistants, parents, children along with the Pastor and officers of the Hillview Church who contributed in making the day a great blessing.
To our Divine worship speakers- Sisters Amanda Battiata and Gabrielle Knowles, God used you in a remarkable way. Continue to be a witness for Him.
On Monday January 14, 2019 some of the C.H.A.M leaders from our churches joined me in presenting snack packages to the administration of the Nazareth Home in Millennium Gardens. We pray that God will continue to use us to minister to His children in our Bahamaland.
Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, Children & Adolescents Ministries Director.
COMMUNICATION LEADER’S TRAINING
A special thank you is extended to all communication leaders and assistants who attended last weekend’s workshop/orientation.
Please be reminded that the first training session for Communication Department Leaders from our local churches will be held on Sunday March 24, 2019 at the Message of Hope Church at a time to be announced. The Communication leader of each church along with two assistants are expected to attend this training on the Easy Worship software. Save the date. All communication leaders and assistants that are not registered at the Communication Department of our conference are asked to do so by calling Ms. T’nee Moss at 341-4021.
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]
HEALTH MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT -THANK YOU-
HEALTH MINISTRIES WORKSHOP
A special thank you to all the persons who attended the Health Ministries Orientation /Training workshop last weekend. Continue to be faithful and allow God to use you for the finishing of His work. He has great things in store for us.
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 this year’s 8 Weeks to Wellness program, please contact Sister Nathelyn LaCroix at 242-323-0610, WhatsApp 242-826-8486 or by email at: [email protected]
Training is scheduled for February 3, 12 and 19, 2019. Venue to be announced. This is a good way to enhance your overall well-being. Don't miss out on the opportunity.
ADVENTIST HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION (AHPA)
Prayer Breakfast. All health professionals, those with a passion for health and the wider members are invited to a re-consecration prayer breakfast on February 17th at 7a.m. Venue: T.B.A.
--Ms. Shanderea Smith, AHPA, President.
WOMEN’S MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT
First Quarter (January - March)
- “WE” (Women Empowerment) - at a glance:
- 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
DONATION REQUEST: 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.
Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director.
YOUTH TIDBITS Upcoming Events
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.
BIBLE CONNECTION: 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.
QUARTERLY YOUTH CHURCH HELD
On Sabbath, January 5th, 2019, the Youth of the South Bahamas Conference started on a high note at the Johnson Park Seventh-day Adventist Church. It was the premiere of the Quarterly Youth Church/ Q.Y.C.
This program is the brain child of youth who submitted plans and recommendations to the Youth Ministry Department in November of 2018. The strategic objective of the Quarterly Youth Church is:
1. To allow youth to share the Adventist Message using their creative and innovative gifts.
2. Motivate youth to be active in the Adventist Mission of sharing the 3 Angel's Message.
At the first Q.Y.C, Sir Willard Barr, a poet and motivational youth speaker was the featured guest presenter. Willard Barr Jr. is an active member of the Grant's Town Seventh-day Adventist Church. He shared 3 captivating spoken words that challenged Youth, not to ignore the knock on the door of our hearts, embrace Jesus' purpose for our lives and rise above circumstances to impact our community.
In attendance, was over 300 Adventist Youth who experienced in the interactive worship led by the Youth Praise Team. The Youth were exceptionally supported by the presence of the Conference Administrators and Pastors, who led out in small group prayer sessions.
We give God the Glory, for the ways in which He uses His youth to build up His kingdom!
Pastor Jamal Franklyn, Youth Director
The South Bahamas Conference PATHFINDER CONCERT BAND presents ‘The Sound of Music.’
FEBRUARY 10, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m at the Galaxy Ballroom of the National Training Agency on Gladstone Road.
Tickets will be on sale from all band members in the coming week. Adults: $10 Children: $5
Patrick Wilson Jr., Assistant Youth Director
BAHAMAS OAKWOOD UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION: The Bahamas Oakwood University Alumni Association will hold a very special meeting on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m in the fellowship hall of the Johnson Park Church. Election of officers will take place. Light refreshments will be served.
GOOD NEWS CHURCH FUNDRAISER TO REFURBISH SOUP KITCHEN
The Good News Adventist Church will be hosting a Concert for a Cause on Saturday afternoon, January 19th at 4:30 at the church in Flamingo Gardens.
A special offering will be collected in aid of the refurbishing of the church’s soup kitchen.
Every week the Community Services team of our church distributes hundreds of bowls of soup to the community and they would like to ensure that there is adequate equipment to better meet this demand. We solicit your support.
Ministering at the concert on Sabbath afternoon will be a number of groups and choirs including: The Mass Youth Choir, the Inspirationals, the Chosen Ones, Anthony Burnside, Deah Duvalier, Good News Praise Team and more.... Food Items will be on sale.
Nicola Brown, Music Department
Good News Church
Please Email Weekly Announcements by Tuesday @ 1:00 pm to: [email protected]
Conference website: http://southbahamasconference.org
SUN SETS NEXT SABBATH
January 26, 2019 AT 5:50 P.M.