November 27, 2020 | St. John’s, Antigua | Janice Michael
The city of St. John’s comes alive every Wednesday at midday with the sound of music, the voice of testimonies and the proclamation of the word of God. Hundreds of persons, from different denominations across Antigua and Barbuda, make their way to the St. John’s Seventh-day Adventist Church to witness the power of God in operation.
The Midday Manna, coined by the church’s pastor, W. Kendol Doyle, kicks off with a rousing song service, followed by a session of prayer and praise that provokes hearts to yearn for more of Jesus. Pastor Doyle encourages the congregation to prove God for themselves. Every week he calls the gathering to repeat the affirmation found in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. NKJV
At the services, attendees record their names on prayer scrolls and make requests for special prayers. One of the highlights is the testimony session captioned, “God Still Answers Prayers”. Here persons testify that God has restored health, marriages, relationships, healed broken hearts, provided for the needy, freed those imprisoned and provided jobs for the jobless. The greatest testimonies, though, are from persons who, after being baptized as a result of the meetings, express the joy of their newfound salvation in Jesus Christ.
Additionally, hearts are encouraged by the proclamation of the word; finding greater faith in God through reading His word and meditating on it. Moreover, God has been inspiring the mind and heart of Pastor Doyle because every week the word is relevant and is a remedy for present situations.
Attendees leave with a determination to invite others and to share in the blessings of God. Truly God has been working in the Midday Manna! To Him be the Glory; great things He has done.