A Message of Thanks
Today marks two weeks since Hurricane Dorian battered the northern Bahamas as a Category 5 storm with winds of more than 185 mph. This storm, which has been described as the strongest landfall on record, decimated portions of the Islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. As we reflect, still amid the impact of this disaster, we pause again to give thanks to God for His tremendous acts of mercy, for had it not been for his grace and mercy, our situation in The Bahamas would have been worse.
The outpouring of support, care, and concern from persons and organizations within the Bahamas as well as internationally have been outstanding.
We wish to express our most humble and sincere thanks to all who have rendered any level of help, outreach or assistance with our relief efforts. In our Sabbath School lesson this quarter, we have been reminded in Matthew 25:40 that “……the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”.
Your church, through its various Departments and Agencies, has been true to its mission and mandate as recorded in the above scriptural passage. We have joined forces with our Union and International Agencies such as ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency), to assist our brethren and those in the wider community who have been severely affected, by shipping to them pallets of water, food, and clothing. In addition, we continue in our efforts to provide for the needs of our brothers and sisters who have evacuated from the affected islands and are currently housed in shelters and other accommodations here in Nassau.
We anticipate that our relief efforts will no doubt be ongoing for a while.
The South Bahamas Conference (SBC) has also partnered with the Bahamas Government’s Social Services Department by allowing them the use of the Bahamas Academy’s Gymnatorium on Wulff Road as a shelter for the maximum number of evacuees that it can accommodate. As such, the Department of Social Services has sole responsibility for the housing and meals for the occupants of this shelter. The South Bahamas Conference will be on hand to provide the necessary assistance as requested. The Adventist Disaster and Relief Agency (ADRA) is soliciting volunteers to assist them with their relief efforts. If you wish to volunteer, and would like more information, please call 603-1530 or contact the Pastor of your respective churches and they would be able to assist you.
Our Inter-American Division leaders will be in Nassau to meet with all Adventist Evacuees and Volunteers on this Sabbath afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at the Hillview church. All who are involved in providing any type of assistance are also invited to attend.
As mentioned in my message last week, God has never failed us in the past, and He will not do so now, because “God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things, having all you need, you will abound in every good work”, 2 Corinthians 9:8.
May God continue to bless us all, as we “live the gospel” by being the eyes, feet, hands, and voice of Jesus in this time of tremendous challenge and need.
Pastor Kenny Deveaux, President, South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
CONFERENCE CALENDAR OF EVENTS AT A GLANCE
8 - 14: Family Togetherness Week
13 - 15: ALERT (Advance Leadership Evangelism & Retention Training)
14 - 15: Child Preachers Workshop
14: SBC Adventurer (One day Camp)
15 - 21: Health Emphasis Week
21: GC World Pathfinder Day, Pathfinder Baptismal Sabbath, March, Joint AY
26: SBC Executive Committee Meeting
27 - 29: ATCU Bible Connection (Cayman Islands)
28: Sabbath School Guest Day/Special Needs Emphasis Day
ATCU PUSH INITIATIVE
The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, September 15-21, 2019: The Church Family.
CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT
September 14 & 15 – Child Preachers’ Workshop – Good News Church hall.
September 29 – CHAM Art Exhibition
For more information on these upcoming events, please enquire from your local CHAM Leaders or call 341-4021. --Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, C.H.A.M Director.
HEALTH MINISTRIES Quarterly Meeting
All health leaders are invited to the quarterly
meeting which is scheduled for Tuesday
September 24, 2019, at 5.45p.m at the Conference headquarters.
CPR / FIRST AID CERTIFICATION: All persons interested in being certified or re-certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and/or First Aid to be held on September 29, 2019, are asked to call 323-0610 or 826- 8486 (WhatsApp). This is for medical and non-medical persons (teachers, secretaries, pastors, lawyers, etc.) Come and be certified so that you will be equipped to save a life!
-- Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Director.
ADVENTIST HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: You are invited to a Health Lecture facilitated by Mental Health Professionals.
Surviving the Hurricane “Helping People Heal and Giving Them Hope”.
Time: Sabbath September 28th, 2019. Place: Hillview SDA Church, Tonique Darling Highway. Presenters: Dr. Helen Rolle - Counseling Psychologist, Dr. Mishelle Grant - Psychiatric Social Worker, Nurse Justina Knowles - Psychiatric Trained Nurse/ Nurse Educator.
Refreshments will be served, come and bring a family member, neighbor, or friend and be blessed. Healing begins with hope.
Third Quarter (July - September)
“WE” (Women Empowerment) – Q3 Forecast:
Zone 3 Community Outreach – Hurricane Relief
South Bahamas Conference GEMS - God in Shoes, “A Pillow and a Prayer” Community Outreach – Hurricane Relief
28 – Philadelphia Church Women’s Ministries Emphasis Day
Special Note: The Community Outreach for Zone 3 and the GEMS have now been redirected toward hurricane Dorian relief efforts. Please see your local WM leader for details on how you can help.
Save the Date: The Women’s Ministries Conclave will be held October 18 & 19, 2019 under the theme: God’s Beloved Daughters: Rescued, Redeemed, Restored & Released. You can’t afford to miss this one of a kind worship experience. Registration forms are now available from your local leader and at the Conference office.
Warfare Wednesdays: The Women’s Ministries Department extends an invitation all women in the South Bahamas Conference to take a minute to “pause and pray” with us at noon each Wednesday. This collective effort not only can enrich our prayer lives, but the results of these unified prayers are unmeasurable. You may contact your local leader for more information on this wonderful initiative.
DONATION REQUEST: Used, But In Good Condition Devotionals. Kindly donate to your local Women’s Ministries Leader for distribution during our community outreach projects this year.
--Mrs. Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director.
YOUTH DEPARTMENT TIDBITS
Pathfinder Day 2019
Theme: Created with Purpose!
Date: Sabbath, September 21, 2019
Venue: Occurring in ALL churches
Please see your Pathfinder Director for the resources to make Pathfinder Day Powerfully Impactful!
Pathfinders will lead out in Sabbath School, Divine Worship, and Community Projects.
In the afternoon, a Pathfinder Community Hope March is planned!
Pathfinder Clubs will march in Class A Uniform and also in Churches!
Ensure your church is represented!
Pathfinder Day March Route (Tentative)
Start: 3:30 p.m Lil General's Parking Lot
South onto East Street
East onto Malcolm Road
South onto Kennedy Sub Rd
West to Gilbert Street
First Left (Rd Unknown)
East onto Jumbay Street
East onto Sapodilla Rd
North onto Taylor Street
East onto Soldier Road
West onto Robinson Road
Ending at RM Bailey Park
Adventist Youth Awards 2019
Adventist Youth Awards (AYA) The Adventist Youth (Buffet) Award Ceremony will be held at the Breezes Hotel on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are available to all members at the ABNC or from Briel Jacques for the Early Bird Cost of $60.00, until October 1, 2019. The late bird ticket is $80.00 after October 2, 2019. Local Church boards are asked to submit nominations for Awards by Monday, September 30th, 2019. AYA will also recognize the contribution of Leaders for the 70th Pathfinder Anniversary.
ATCU Pathfinder Camporee 2020:
Theme: Strong Finish! #ALLIN
Date: April 5-12, 2020
Venue: Gladstone Road
Pathfinder Directors are asked to start preparations and fundraising to make this
a memorable life-changing event for all pathfinders. --Pastor Jamal Franklyn, Youth Director.
MINISTERIAL DEPARTMENT A.L.E.R.T POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 15-17, 2019
Over the next few weeks, the South Bahamas Conference will focus on relief to the victims of Hurricane Dorian. Hence, ALERT (Advanced Leadership Evangelism & Retention Training) will be held on November 15-17, 2019. All persons who are registered, your payments will be honored at that time. --Pastor T. Basil Sturrup, Ministerial Director.
THE LAUNCH OF THE SOUTH BAHAMAS CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH - DAY ADVENTIST YOUTH CHOIR
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Agape Church on Wulff Road,
all persons between the ages 15 -30 who love to sing and have the ability are invited to attend. --- Conference Music Committee.
A Music Workshop for the South Bahamas Conference Youth Choir will be held on Thursday, October 3rd to Sabbath, October 5th, 2019.
PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
-- Sister Annette Dorsett, Music Coordinator, South Bahamas Conference.
PRAYER MINISTRIES JOINT PRAYER MEETINGS
All members are invited to participate in all of our joint prayer meetings for the remainder of the year. Please note that each service will be held at 6:00a.m.
--Pastor Leonardo Rahming, Prayer Coordinator.
ADVENTIST BURIAL SOCIETY
The monthly meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, September 16th, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Grant’s Town Church Annex, Wellington Street. All members are encouraged to attend.
BLESSED HOPE CHURCH
CHURCH BUILDING PROJECT
Calling one and all! This summer Blessed Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church is in its building completion drive. South Androsians and its descendants are asking you to share the hope of Jesus by donating materials, or monetary gifts of any amount to this effort. Please contact us by email at [email protected] -- Elder Lukanduh Gardiner.
THE PATH TO LIFE GOSPEL CAMPAIGN
The Path to Life Gospel Campaign is in full gear for September 14-28, 2019 at the New Life Church, Inagua, with the guest evangelist, Pastor Lee Burrows. All are invited to attend, and if you are not able to, please pray for us and send your financial support. We need your prayers as we reap God's harvest. --Elder Winston Ash.
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SUN SETS NEXT SABBATH
September 21, 2019 AT 7:07P.M.