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Women’s Ministries Retreat, 2018

St. Kitts Women’s Ministries Delegates

June 7 -10, 2018 | St. John’s, Antigua | Zelphia Daley, Sharika Benjamin, Lois Nicholas

It was a powerful and inspirational weekend of prayer, praise and fellowship. Women from across the South Leeward Mission and the Tobago Mission gathered together, as blessed women of God, to celebrate under the theme “Blessed to Be a Blessing.”

On Thursday June 7, 2018, the women gathered at Ryan’s Conference Hall for a night of fellowship, feast and praise. It was a beautiful setting that vibrated under the colours of navy blue and orange. With the self-confidence of orange and the independence of navy blue women elegantly filed into the beautifully decorated room that invited them to sit, relax and mingle. It was a moment that will long be remembered.

The servings of nuts, raisins, pumpkin seeds, fresh fruits and thinly sliced vegetables reminded all of the Edenic scene and the intention of God at creation. The feast was served with a touch of class by young servers uniformly dressed and waltzing to music.

The energetic Pastor Frederick and Mrs. Alfred ensured that Love was in the air as we celebrated at the Women’s Love Feast. The feast was a replica from the 1800’s. It was a moving experience as the servers served one grape to the attendees and reminded them of the one true God that we serve and to be content with little for God gave much.

On Friday night the women were empowered, rejuvenated and encouraged by Mrs. Jamila Joseph-Nicholls and the women of the Tobago Mission. We were inspired to go into our various fields and minister to women of all ages especially our young women in the church and the society. Friday night was War Night. Tears of joy and deliverance were shed as women experienced the direct power of God in their lives. We watched in amazement as testimonies were given that matched the tea bag texts. It could have only been God in the midst. “Is there anything too hard for God to do?”, was the repeated question. We felt the Holy Spirit in the tabernacle and we wrestled with God way into the night. Prayer changes things and after placing our hands in God’s hands, we joined hearts and hands together claiming the victory over our circumstances.

The Sabbath experience may be described as ‘simply delightful’. The theme, Blessed to be a Blessing, was explored and presented through drama, music, poetry and dance. It was a moving experience as the presentations all reminded us that awful blessings can become great blessings.

The women from St. Kitts were decked in their colours from the beginning to the end and one had to notice that the Kittitians were in the house. Their passion, energy and positive spirit awakened in many the desire to stay connected. Every day they got the best dressed award.

Dr. Neil Chitan, our special guest for that day gave us new insights on “Awesome blessings and Awful blessings”. On Sabbath afternoon four lovely ladies from across South Leeward mission were awarded for their years of service and contribution to the Women’s Ministries department. Antigua – Salome Watts, Nevis – Cordelia Browne, Montserrat-Bernadine Collins and St. Kitts – Novelia Rawlins Nwosu. The awardees marched in to the sound of the trumpet. They beamed with joy as their profiles were read. We celebrate with these outstanding women. They have been blessed to be blessings. The soul stirring account of the young lady who was given a prosthetic leg brought tears to the eyes of many. Congratulations to the Montserrat community for the compassion shown in helping the young Kasian Ravalier.

Women’s Ministries Awardees

Cultural night was just awesome. The South Leeward Mission was well represented and the Tobago guests added a nice touch to the cultural experience. Through the gift exchange, commitments were made to lasting friendships

The curtains came down on Sunday with fun and fellowship as we mingled, dined, fellowshipped and exchanged contact details. The Prayer session to end was just as powerful as those we began with. The ladies prayed earnestly for the treasurer of the South Leeward Mission, Mrs. Krista Moore, and for Mrs. Michelle Greene, Shepherdess Coordinator. These were touching moments as they stood in the center of the circle; two women in leadership who need the prayers of the sisters.

It was a sad moment when we finally had to part company, but good times do not last forever. The women of the South Leeward Mission and the Tobago Mission are closer than when we started the weekend. To God be the glory, it was a weekend well planned and executed, we the ladies enjoyed the entire weekend. Thanks to Dr. Eulalie Daley- Semper and the organizers for an excellent job that was evident in the rich content, the detailed planning and professional execution of this event. Thank you, too, to the administration of the South Leeward Mission for supporting this event. The weekend was indeed a combination of class, elegance and plenty of love. We now look forward with great expectation to Punta Cana next year for a similar fellowship with the women in the Caribbean Union.

War Night Gathering at the St. John’s S.D.A. Church

Kasian Says Thanks!

2018 | Montserrat | Hazel D. Riley

To God be the glory! Six months after arriving in Montserrat from Dominica, 18 year old amputee Kasian Ravalier has a new prosthetic leg. She was fitted with the new prosthetic leg at the National Orthotic & Prosthetic Workshop at the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre in Georgetown, Guyana.

Kasian who lost her leg at age four, when a concrete step collapsed breaking the bones and cutting the blood vessels in her left leg, was one of several children relocated to Montserrat by the Montserrat Children’s Society after Hurricane Maria devastated her home and homeland. Kasian travelled to Montserrat with the hope that she could continue her education, having remained behind in Dominica when her mother and younger siblings had relocated to St. Lucia.

Upon arrival in Montserrat, it was evident that her prosthetic leg was damaged and would soon need to be replaced. This was brought to the attention of the pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, as part of its community outreach.

Pastor Sherwin A. E. White, shared the need with his membership and spearheaded a drive to raise funds to assist the young lady, and to source a replacement leg. Church members responded and contributed generously to meeting this need in the community. The South Leeward Mission assisted by sponsoring her travel to Guyana.

Her love for God and her desire to know more about Him and His claims on her life, led Kasian to question the beliefs of her guardians and new acquaintances, and to study her Bible more diligently. She became aware that God has a plan for her life (Jeremiah 29:11). She was convinced that he had led her to Montserrat, like Esther, for such a time as this. On April 28, she was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a decision which was approved by both of her parents.

Kasian, who is now more mobile as a result of having the new prosthetic leg, wishes to thank her sponsors, the Montserrat Seventh-day Adventist Church and the South Leeward Mission of Seventh-day Adventists, her guardians past and present, all those persons who contributed to the fund to assist her and those who encouraged her or assisted her in any other way in Montserrat and Guyana. Kasian was accompanied to Guyana by Elder Hazel D. Riley.

Finally, thanks be to God for His watch care and his blessings on her. Kasian has dedicated her life to God’s service and wants to spend her life helping others,
even as she was helped
.

Kasian and Hazel D. Riley in Guyana


ADRA Assists Families Affected by the Recent Volcano Eruptions in Guatemala

ADRA volunteers provide water to an emergency response team in a community covered by lava and ash in Escuintla in the south central region in Guatemala, hours after the Volcano of Fire erupted and covered homes and killed dozens of people on June 3, 2018. Photo by ADRA Guatemala

June 6, 2018 – Escuintla, Escuintla, Guatemala | Libna Stevens/IAD

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Guatemala, with the help of its church member volunteers, continues to distribute water and food to families displaced by the deadly volcano eruptions in the south central region of Guatemala.  The Volcano of Fire began spewing lava and ash on June 3, covering villages, leaving more than 75 dead and more than 200 persons missing, government officials reported.

More than 1.7 million people have been affected by the eruption. Over 3,000 persons were evacuated and more than 2,600 persons are in shelters. Hundreds more are stranded inside their homes across the rural communities of Escuintla, Alotenango, Sacatepéquez, Yepocapa and Chimaltenango.


“From the very first day the volcano erupted, our local emergency response team met with local authorities to visit the affected villages near the volcano to encourage people to seek safe shelter,” said Gustavo Menéndez, ADRA Guatemala director, who has been coordinating the ADRA response from Guatemala City some 63 kilometers from Escuintla.

“Our main concern is to encourage people to seek shelter, although hundreds fear they will lose all their belongings if they leave their homes” said Menéndez.

So far, three trucks with water, food, blankets and hygiene supplies have been delivered to shelters, all collected from churches across several church regions in Guatemala, said Menéndez.

Church leaders reported that 124 Adventist families were affected. Some 101 of these families lost their crops, 6 lost their homes, while 17 families were evacuated. Funds have been disbursed from the Inter-American Division’s Emergency Response Funds to assist the families.

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