ATCU Participates in Health Initiative Training

ATCU Participates in Health Initiative Training
Apr 17, 2015 09:10 AM Filed in: Health | Health Ministries

ATCU Participates in Health Initiative Training
By Communication Department, ATCU

“What does the story of Jesus casting out the money changers from the temple have to do with us living healthy lives?” asked Mrs. Sherline Henriques, health ministries director of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (ATCU), as she addressed participants from the South Bahamas Conference (SBC) attending the “Train the Trainer” seminar on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at the Breath of Life Seventh-day Adventist Church, Nassau, The Bahamas in preparation for the launch of ATCU’s “I Want to Live Healthy” initiative.


“Jesus wanted the temple to be a house of prayer, and in this same manner, He wants our bodies to be cleaned out so that it can truly be His temple and be used by Him,” explained Mrs. Henriques.

For 2015, ATCU has adopted the health initiative dubbed “I Want to Live Healthy” that will challenge church members to live healthy and encourage them to go out into the community to inspire others to do so as well.

The major difference between this health initiative and other such programs is that instead of church members inviting people to come to a health program conducted at their churches, they will be going to homes and communities to challenge individuals and families to follow basic health principles. 

Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, health ministries director of SBC and organizer of the event, explained that the health principles will be introduced incrementally, and those who will be introducing them as well as those receiving the information will work to adopt them as a part of their lifestyle. Therefore, if during the first week someone is challenged to drink eight glasses of water daily for 7 days, then at the commencement of the second week, the person would be challenged to add eating more vegetables to the newly acquired habit of drinking eight glasses of water every day.


Pastor Peter Kerr, executive secretary of ATCU, represented the union’s administration at the seminar and indicated that the program had the full support of the union president, Pastor Leonard Johnson as well as the other administrators. He further expressed excitement at seeing so many health professionals and laypersons from SBC enthused about sharing the health message. “This conference is rich in talent and resources in the field of Health Ministries,” said Pastor Kerr who recognized a number of nurses, medical doctors, and professional nutritionists participating in the training.


Mrs. Belkis Archbold, health ministries director of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, made a presentation on the impact that the “I Want to Live Healthy” initiative has had in countries around the world, particularly Mexico. “As a result of the program, schools have removed soda machines from their campuses and the Ministry of Health in Mexico has asked for the program to be introduced in the public schools around the country,” expressed Mrs. Archbold.


Participants were trained on how to introduce the health principles and were implored to first be an example by practicing the health principles that they will be presenting to the people in the community. As a part of the training, Mrs. Archbold taught participants how to promote what she referred to as the four Pillars of Health and Reformation: Pleading in Prayer, Prevention of Illnesses, Practice the Health Principles Learnt, and Proclaim that the Healer and Master Physician is Jesus.


At the end of the Train the Trainer Seminar, over thirty-five persons received certificates and expressed enthusiasm for carrying forward the “I Want to Live Healthy” initiative throughout SBC.


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Youth Of The Month - March 2015

Youth Of The Month - March 2015


Youth of the month for March: Adelaide
Roneka Callender she is a song bird, who works and blesses everyone she
comes in contact with, through this ministry. She is also an active youth
that participates in community out reach out programs and she attends
Bahamas Baptist college and is currently studying to be a nurse.


Youth of the month for March: Philadelphia SDA
Corey Thompson is recently married to Simone Thompson. He grew up in the
beautiful island of Eleuthera until he completed high school and came to
Nassau to pursue a college degree. Now finished with three (3) degrees,
he's a HR Manager at Public Hospitals Authority and also owner of a small
own business. He's a friendly person who loves The Lord.


Youth of the month for March: Maranatha SDA
Misty Rolle
Currently pursuing CPA designation, BSc in Business admin. With emphasis in
1999 graduate of SAC and 2004 graduate of NCU
Assistant treasurer, social committee, assistant church clerk


Youth of the month for March: Good News
Aliyah Mackey rightfully deserves to be Good News SDA youth of the month.
With her willingness to take an active part in the AY department, Aaliyah
has proved that and more. Aaliyah recently received numerous awards at the
Good News Pathfinder's Award Ceremony, earning the Director's Pathfinder of
the Year award. An 11th grade student at C.V. Bethel Senior High, Aaliyah
makes every effort to be involved in every aspect of the work of the youth.

Youth of the month for March: Hillview
Shante LaCroix is an energetic youth for the Lord . She recently completed
a six months Medical Missionary training at the Uchee Pines Health
Institute. Now she has a made up her mind in what she feels God has called
her to be - a Medical Missionary Doctor. She is a trained Lifestyle
Educator, and a 2014 graduate of Bahamas Academy. Currently, she is
pursuing a Biochemistry major at The College of The Bahamas. There is not a


Youth of the month March: New Providence
Sherrica Stewart, a person with a very willing heart that shines through in
everything that she does. She is an active youth of the New Providence
Church where she is involved in the Youth Choir. She is one always wearing
a smile and displaying an attitude of love.


Youth of the month for March: Breath Of Life
Bro. Ashley Edwards is a FBI. His mission is to serve the King.
Bro. Ashley currently serves as deacon and head of the communication
department at Breath of Life. He is very active in the youth department. He
loves to sing and is a member of BOL Youth Choir.
Bro. Ashley is a disciple of Jesus Christ. His goal is Heaven, his road is
narrow, his Guide reliable, and his mission clear. He cannot be bought,
compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, diluted, or delayed.He
won't give up, back up, let up, or shut up until he has preached up, prayed
up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ. Bro. Ashley
is a FBI…………a Firm Believer in Christ!

Youth of the month for March: Johnson Park
Deion Nicols. She is a adventurers deputy director and also teaches
children Sabbath school.

(MR LEONARDO didn't send in a pic)

Youth of the month for March: Message of Hope

Leonardo Ferguson

Assistant Adventist Youth Society Leader


College Student Sojourner-Douglass College

A founding member of The Messengers Quartet now Quintet

Youth Choir Leader

An ordained Deacon and former Pathfinder Director


Global Youth Day in Nassau, Bahamas. (ATCU)

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As the South Bahamas Conference celebrates Global Youth day in Rawson Square, downtown Nassau church members stand on along side Bay Street to distribute literature to residents and tourists alike.


The South Bahamas Conference celebrates Global Youth day in Rawson Square, downtown Nassau with singing, drama, prayer and praises to God.


Treasurer of The South Bahamas Conference encourages youths to be a part of the movement and as their theme says, “not to compete but to complete”.


Excited Adventist youths distribute literature in downtown Nassau.








Cruise visitors from Georgia in the United States respond to appeal made by Pastor Larry Green, Youth Director of the South Bahamas Conference. They hold hands as Pastor ______ offers a prayer.


Youths representing various churches within the South Bahamas Conference at the celebration of Global Youth Day in front of the Government Complex in Rawson Square in Nassau Bahamas.


Cruise visitors stopped by at South Bahamas Conference’s Global Youth Day celebration in downtown Nassau and expressed appreciation for “such a beautiful program”.


Church members even bring their dogs out to be a part of Global Youth Day.


Exuma Convention 2015



Wow, what a good time was had in Exuma this weekend. The festivities began with a Friday night service with a message from Brother Silas McKinney. The Lord was in the place and the blessing was received by all.





Sabbath Morning Pastor Anson Albury was the speaker, speaking about branch and vine, a Holy Ghost time was had by all.













Sabbath evening was filled with a talk on the importance of the Church, each local church, having a web site and Pastor Albury presented the main message.




Financial Services Trip To Colombia

On August 4, 2014, Elder Roderick Sands, Treasurer of the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission, along with auditors from across the territory, travelled to Medellin, Colombia for auditing training administered by the Inter-American Division (IAD) in association with the General Conference Auditing Services (GCAS). In attendance were over 150 auditors, conference/union treasures, and personnel from IAD and GCAS, including Robert E. Lemon, General Conference Treasurer, Paul Douglas, Director of GCAS, and Pastor Filiberto Verduzco, IAD Treasurer. During the four-day conclave, the financial services sector of IAD fellowshipped and received training in a new level of financial services.

New Financial Service
The IAD in partnership with GCAS have developed a new level of financial service to accompany financial audits, financial reviews, and local church audits. This new level, called Financial Inspection, will aid in helping with some of the financial service difficulties within the division. Though it is not an audit or review, it will allow local field auditors to inspect the 300+ small entities in the IAD (outside of the local churches), and it will allow auditors of GCAS to assist in the auditing of very large churches. This platform is still in its introductory stage, and being tested in the various fields within IAD.

Outside of extensive training, the attendees were able to get away for several hours to see parts of Colombia. During the exploration they visited Colombia Adventist University, where they received a tour of the campus and got acquainted with the brethren in that region. It was amazing to see how God is using our brothers in different parts of the world to spread The Word through the ministry of education. The Colombia Adventist University is currently seeking relocation due to the excessive property taxation. They are encouraging Adventists around the world to pray for them as they embark on this new venture.

We are very excited with this new level of financial services, and we solicit your prayers for the Colombia Adventist University, and for the financial team as we seek to strengthen the financial services in the IAD.


Colyn Major

Colyn Major is the second child of seven children (one deceased) to Stanley and Ruby Major of Nassau, The Bahamas. He attended Bahamas Academy, West Indies College High School, Oakwood College (BA in Psychology) and Loma Linda University (MA in Counseling). He also earned a post-graduate degree in Student Personal Services from Virginia Tech, USA. He is married to Linda of Nassau who works as Human Resource Manager at Bahamas Information Services.

Colyn is the Vice President for Student Affairs at the College of The Bahamas and has been serving in that position for the past ten years. He earlier served as Director of Counseling Services for the College. In addition to meeting the social needs of more than 4800 students on two campuses, he is a talented musician husband, father, and wonderful friend. Read More...

A Statesman and a Brother

Born March 22, 1930. Died August 26, 2000. Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling guided the nation of the Bahamas from 1967 while it was still a colony of Britain towards independence in 1973 and became the first prime minister serving his country for more than 25 years. Revered by Bahamians as "The Father of the Bahamas" he was re-elected to office 5 times, and played a significant role in the development of the Bahamas as the Tourism and offshore banking center it is today.

The Funeral

From the early morning hours of Monday, September, 4, 2000, thousands lined the streets of Nassau, from Rawson Square to East Street, to view the procession for the state funeral of the Rt. Honorable Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling, former prime minister of the Bahamas, and a brother of the Seventh-day Adventist church. It certainly was the largest funeral in the Bahamas.

The funeral procession left the House of Parliament, Rawson Square, Nassau at 10:15 a.m. The family, and members of the House of Assembly, were led by the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Royal Bahamas Defense Force Bands. After the service, thousands again lined the streets from the Church of God of Prophecy to St. Agnes Cemetery on Nassau Street. The procession route to the cemetery was south on East Street, then west on Wulff Road, north on Blue Hill Road, west on Meeting street to Nassau Street. The State Funeral began promptly at 11:00 a.m. and ended at 4:00 p.m. Yes it was long, but inspirational. The grave-side ceremony was short. However, the procession to the cemetery took over an hour. The entire ceremony ended around 6:00 p.m.

In a ceremonial fashion, the Bahamian flag, that was stately draping Sir Lynden Pindling's casket, was folded and given to Lady Pindling. Many years ago Sir Lynden performed a memorable feat. In an act of protest and determination to end injustices against the Bahamian people, Sir Lynden threw the Mace out of a second floor House of Parliament window. Then Sir Milo Butler took the hour glass that was used to measure speaking time for parliamentarians, and threw it out of the window. This was the beginning of change. The Mace, a symbol of the authority of the government, was seen in the parade today, leading the procession. It was carried by a Cabinet Clerk, Mr. Randy Forbes. Mr. Forbes is a Seventh-day Adventist.

The sun was hot today. But the 90-degree temperature did not hinder the enthusiastic crowd. Outside the church, hundreds watched via closed circuit television. Inside the Church of God of Prophecy giant auditorium on East Street, two thousand guests and family members listened to the many leaders recounting the great accomplishments of Sir Lynden. The Father of the Modern Bahamas is now one of his official titles.

The tribute of Obie Pindling, the son of Sir Lynden was most touching. He said "To many, our father was a politician. To us, his children, he was our daddy. He was a committed dad." Obie’s son also gave a tribute. It was thrilling to hear this young chap also named Lynden Oscar Pindling, speaking so eloquently. He said last week he went with his parents to view his grandfathers’ body. Sir Lynden was laying is state in the foyer of the House of Parliament until the funeral today. During that week he heard for the first time that his grand father, Sir Lynden, had thrown the Mace out of the window. He asked a man standing nearby which window did his grandfather throw the Mace out of. The man showed him. This little boy then said "When I get eighteen I am also going to throw the Mace out of the window." The congregation burst into laughter.

Pastor Hugh Roach inspired the listeners with a pinpointing message. The sermon was filled with spiritual insights and contemporary anecdotes the lifted the spirits of everyone. He took the crowed through the journeys of Sir Lynden, form the early day to his retirement. He reminded us about Sir Lynden’s passion and the political themes that motivated him: Step Now! Step Now!

During this weekend, the Adventist church surely was in the light. All of the sermons were inspirational. Pastor Michael Smith spoke on Sabbath afternoon at Hillview Church. Pastor Keith Albury spoke on Sunday afternoon at the National Memorial Service. Pastor Hugh Roach spoke at the State Funeral on Sunday, September 4, 2000.

The Spiritual Birth

Let us keep Sir Lynden’s family in our prayers. Sir Lynden re-joined the Adventist Church in 1996. He was baptized at the Centreville church on December 10 of that year. Sir Lynden grew up attending the Grant’s Town Seventh-day Adventist Church. At the age of eighteen he went to England to begin his law studies. When his returned home years later, his relationship with the church diminished. However, he was always fond of Adventism, and kept the principles in his heart. Following his baptism he became very active in church. He sang in the Hillview Adventist Men’s Choir, occasionally taught Sabbath lesson, and was always willing to help and share the gospel.
A great Bahamian hero and Adventist brother is dead. We await the glorious resurrection.

Article By Barrington Brennen

Poem By Dennis Arthur Dames