Barbuda Pathfinder and Adventurer's Induction Service
November 30, 2019 | Codrington, Barbuda | Davin Scarborough
History was being penned on Sabbath, November 30, 2019, at the Barbuda Seventh-day Adventist Church. This moment would demonstrate the resilience and commitment of the members of the Barbuda congregation. Alongside the physical damages done to the island of Barbuda by the monstrous winds of Hurricane Irma, was its crippling effect on the Pathfinder and Adventurer ministries. However, though the damages rendered the ministries dormant for two years, the passion to see youth rightly trained would not allow itself to be extinguished, and when the declaration was made concerning the resurrection of the Youth Ministries, a team from the Youth Ministries department, in the persons of Pastor Carl Hastings (South Leeward Conference Youth Ministries director) and Joan Phillip-Gregory (Antigua Pathfinder assistant island coordinator), was deployed.
As the excitement grew on the morning of the Pathfinder and Adventurer induction service, it became evident that the move to restart the Youth Ministries on Barbuda was welcomed by the community as a number of youth, parents and other stakeholders assembled at the church grounds for the service. Those present seemed to be filled with wonder as the youth marched into the church building in sequence, and a sense of pride pervaded the room as the flag bearers posted the national and Youth Ministries' flags.
After the preliminaries were done, Pastor Carl Hastings engaged the congregation with a stirring message. He shared with the impressionable minds how Youth Ministries can change their lives for the better, and he challenged the parents to be involved in the Youth Ministries. The message was so well-received that there were confirmed reports of parents inquiring about how they themselves could become involved in Youth Ministries. A special prayer of commitment was offered for the parents and guardians of the Pathfinders and Adventurers clubs.
The service reached its zenith at the induction of the youth. A total of 33 Pathfinders and Adventurers were inducted, and their smiles were great indicators of their levels of satisfaction.
One thing that remains certain is that there is great potential being manifesting in the youth of Barbuda, and both parents and church leaders intend to do their parts in developing and refining these young leaders.
We look forward to the great things that will be done in the lives of our youth as they are equipped through the youth arm of the church. May God continue to bless the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Barbuda, and may the young leaders produced through it become extraordinary servants of God and friends to humanity.
People to People Evangelism Seminar
Pastor Sherwin White Presenting at the Seminar
December 8, 2019 | St. Peter's, Antigua | Eugene Benjamin
On Sunday December 8, 2019, the members of the Parham, Pigotts and The More Sure Word of Prophecy Seventh-day Adventist Churches of District #13 in Antigua, congregated, under the theme People to People, to receive special training in a program designed to equip members for personal and public evangelism. The venue was the Parham Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the program was a whole-day affair beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. Breakfast and lunch were provided for the participants.
The main objective was to train the general membership and to prepare them for the task of soul winning. The concept was to utilize resource persons who are experienced in different areas of evangelism and to use their expertise to achieve maximize benefit through this initiative. The presenters were Pastor Kay White, Personal Ministries director of the South Leeward Conference (SLC); Dr. Wayne Knowles, executive secretary of SLC; Evangelist Eugene Benjamin; Pastor Sherwin White,
assistant to the SLC president in matters of evangelism; Dr Eulalie Semper, Children's Ministries director of SLC; Allan Gloade, first elder of the Pigotts Seventh-day Adventist Church; Pastor Kendol Doyle, pastor of Antigua District # 1 and Jeff Africa, first elder of the More Sure Word of Prophecy Seventh-day Adventist Church. Speakers were garnered in the spirit of Total Membership Involvement (TMI) and Lord Transform Me (LTM).
Dr Eulalie Semper Demonstrating on Children in Evangelism
After a short song service, opening prayer was done by Garfield Smith and the official welcome and opening remarks were done by the district pastor, Pastor Amory Walker.
Below is a list of the presenters and the topics they shared. Presentations can be viewed online at the Parham Seventh-day Adventist Church's website - http://parham.interamerica.org .
Pastor Kay White presented on "Introduction to Personal Evangelism" where she defined evangelism and a call to personal evangelism. Pastor Kay White also presented on "How to Present a Bible sSudy" and "Methods of "Giving Bible Study".
Dr. Wayne Knowles presented on "Reinventing Evangelism". This involved evangelism methods for the times we are living in, cultural and ethnic relevance and the use of social media in personal and public evangelism. Another topic presented by Dr. Knowles was "Evangelizing the Rich". This involved methods to reach the upper class in society.
Evangelist Eugene Benjamin presented on the "The Bible Worker and Lay Preacher" and "Methods of Retention and the Assimilation of New Members".
Pastor Sherwin White presented on the "Bible Worker and Lay Preacher Before During and After the Campaign", In his presentation, he also covered visitation methods, scheduling and sequencing, identifying different methods of visitation, visitation time and establishing sequence for visitation (friendship, pardon, conversion, obedience and baptism).
Elder Allan Gloade presented on "The Power is in the Go!" - benefits of fulfilling the gospel commission/command.
Dr. Eulalie Semper presented on "Children in Evangelism" - finding a place for children to be involved in evangelism.
Pastor Kendol Doyle presented on "Answering Objections and Excuses" - objection versus excuse definition and the most effective way to answer.
Elder Jeff Africa presented on "Christ Method Alone" - defining and sharing the evangelism method Christ used to bring true success.
The atmosphere was like that of the days when the church was first called Christians at Antioch.
The program came to a close with a short march of witness through the community, with a final stop at the crusade site, where the district is planning an evangelistic campaign early 2020. After holding hands in a circle, a symbolic act of unity in Christ Jesus, Allan Gloade provided a prayer of consecration.
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