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Historic Workers’ Meeting
Trudean Scott-Elliott (Photo – Mark L. Braithwaite)

 

December 17th, 2018 | Clare Hall, Antigua | SLM Staff

 

December 16 – 18, 2018 was a historic period for the South Leeward Mission of Seventh-day Adventists, as the organization continues to forge new paths forward for the gospel’s sake. The annual workers’ meeting took place over those few days, and the event marked two very significant moments in the life of the South Leeward Mission.
First, this was the final workers’ meeting for the South Leeward Mission!  Since 2011 when the Mission was formed, it was known that Mission status was temporary and that the organization would strive to mature to Conference status.  During the Inter-American Division’s year-end meetings of 2018, a vote was taken to approve Conference status for the South Leeward Mission to become the South Leeward Conference in 2019.  Next year, the workers will be executing their year-end meetings as the South Leeward Conference.
Second, workers’ meeting 2018 was a historic one because it was the first time in the 7 year history of the Mission that all workers were invited to and participated in the workers meeting.  According to retired Ministerial Secretary, Pastor Charles Heskey, “This is a dream come though for me.  It is the first time that my wife and I can sit down at workers’ meeting together.”  Sis Heskey is a retired teacher who worked for the Seventh-day Adventist organization until her retirement a few years ago.
This historic moment has greater significance because the history of the South Leeward Mission is inextricably bound to the history of the North Caribbean Conference. The North Caribbean Conference is the mother, so to speak, of the South Leeward Mission. As a result, in recent history, there has been no workers’ meeting where all workers of the organization were able to meet and share until this point.
The entire staff of the St. Kitts Primary School and the St. Kitts Dental Clinic, along with the pastoral staff, joined with all staff members of the three schools in Antigua, the Early Childhood Development Center, Second Advent Radio, the pastoral staff of Antigua, and all office workers of the South Leeward Mission for educational sessions along with fellowship as they “broke bread” together at the various meal times.
South Leeward Mission Workers at Historic 2018 Meeting.  (Photo – Joseph Jones)

 

As part of the educational sessions for the workers, the South Leeward Mission was blessed with the services of Mrs. Trudean Scott-Elliott of Jamaica.

Trudean Scott-Elliott is an Educational Psychologist whose goals include being a developmental specialist and a catalytic experience for women who meet her. Her love for helping individuals develop and maximize their potential has driven her throughout her professional and social development.

With two degrees in the field of education, inclusive of a graduate level study in psychology, she has conducted formal and informal instruction with adolescents, youth and adults at varying levels within the Caribbean Region, the United States and Central America. For over twelve years, she has been involved in numerous activities that both complement and supplement her professional image. These areas include: speaking at school functions, social and national club meetings, churches, and local community programs. She is very talented and diversified in methodology. In her writing career, she has authored and published one book as well as inspirational and educational articles.

Most of her quiet time is devoted to compiling inspirational pieces about her life and God’s might in lifting her through many grim experiences.  She does this to benefit grieving women and youths. She believes that this is her missionary calling.

Trudean Scott – Elliott Leading an Activity (Photo – Mark L. Braithwaite)

 

 

Mrs. Scott-Elliott’s enthusiasm was contagious as she shared from her vast wealth of experience and engaged the worker force in icebreakers and other team building exercises which definitely had significant impact on all present.
Workers’ meeting was historic and motivational.   What a blessing!

 

St. Kitts SDA Primary School Staff with Principal, Yvette Blanchette – Center and Vice Principal, Omel Nolan – Left (Photo – Joseph Jones)

 

SDA Dental Clinic Workers in St. Kitts – L – R: Davian Slader (Admin. Asst.)  Arpa Anagurah (Office Manager), Bukaris Anagurah (Dentist), Patricia Isaac-Williams (Dental Assistant) (Photo – Joseph Jones)
Author of “From Holy Hell to Hallelujah Again!” Presents at Annual Workers’ Meeting
Dr. Everton Ennis (Photo – Winston Joseph)

 

Sunday, December 16th, 2018 | Clare Hall, Antigua | SLM Staff

 

Workers’ meeting 2018, in the South Leeward Mission, was held under the theme, ‘Looking Back, Pressing Forward.’ The theme seems to have been motivated out of a sense of urgency to keep forging ahead while being careful not to be overwhelmed by past challenges. Ideally, a person really cannot move forward effectively while looking back at the same time.  Looking back only gives perspective for the journey ahead.
With this in mind, several speakers shared insightful devotionals on the theme over the three-day workers’ meeting.  These meetings took place between December 16th – 18th, 2018 at the Clare Hall Seventh-day Adventist Church in Antigua.  The entire pastoral staff of the South Leeward Mission was on hand to listen, as three devotional sessions were shared on this theme.  Pastors Shelton Benjamin and Delroy Josiah, who were both ordained on December 15th, shared moving devotionals on the theme.  One highlight was the privilege of listening to Pastor Charles Heskey (retired Ministerial Secretary) as he addressed the theme and indelibly etched the statement, “Don’t build the ark and then die in the flood,” on the minds of every person present.
Traditionally, workers’ meeting was considered to be a Ministerial workers’ meeting where pastors would receive inspiration and motivation to continue the journey of ministry.   Pastoral Ministry can be extremely consuming.  On average, each pastor in the South Leeward Mission has 3 churches and often carry other responsibilities.  This translates to three Board meetings and three elders meetings per month, numerous committee meetings, counseling sessions, conflict management matters, countless visitations, hospital visits, sick and shut-in visits, funerals, weddings and  baby blessings.   The list continues – sermon preparation for as many as 30 sabbath services along with sermons for funerals, weddings, and other special occasions.  All of this is being done while the pastor also has his/her own family.  I could go on and on and on.  The point here is that, by the end of the year, pastors need encouragement, support, motivation,
inspiration 
and additional skills to enhance their ministry.
 
L-R: Wayne Knowles – Executive Secretary, Eulalie Semper – Education Director, Carson Greene – President, Krista Moore – Treasurer, Everton Ennis – Visiting Facilitator, Silvia Ham-Ying – Health Director, Mark L. Braithwaite – Ministerial Secretary, Kendol Doyle – Youth Director (Photo – Winston Joseph)

 

This year, pastoral education came in the form of conflict resolution specialist, Dr. Everton Ennis.
According to Dr. Ennis, “It is often assumed that once called to the ministry, pastors should automatically know how to handle the various conflict issues in the church. Not so! Nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed, this assumption has not only distorted the people’s view of their pastors but has also hindered the effectiveness of many pastors who think, “I’ve got this!”
Dr. Ennis continues, “My topic is not by happenstance. ‘Conflict ministry’ is part of pastoral ministry. Many fail to realize that dealing with conflict is in fact ministry, rather than viewing conflict as a hindrance to ministry. I used to feel that way too, that is, until I realized that ministers are called to “the ministry of reconciliation”” (2 Corinthians 5:11-21).
With this in mind, Dr. Ennis walked the pastors through several themes on conflict resolution. Pastors were locked in as the facilitator resonated with the pastors through riveting personal stories and experience.  
At the end of  the three days, pastors could be heard remarking that the sessions were some of the best they had ever participated in.   The sessions were practical, timely and extremely relevant for everyday ministry.
Dr. Everton A. Ennis is a Seventh-day Adventist pastor and presently serves at the New Jerusalem Seventh-day Adventist Church in the United States.  He is founder of CLASS Act Seminars and also author of the book, “From Holy Hell to Hallelujah again!”  This book was made available to all pastors of the South Leeward Mission as a joint effort of the offices of the President and Ministerial Secretary.
Dr. Ennis Receiving Gift from Administrative Assistant – Nickeitha Walker (Photo – Mark L. Braithwaite)
 
We
thank Dr. Ennis for his
excellent ministry to the South Leeward Mission during our 2018
workers’ 
meeting.
 
Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, gives special Year-End Greeting
Ted N.C. Wilson, President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist (Photo – adventist.org)
“Jesus, our only hope”
Dec 21, 2018 |
Silver Spring, Maryland, United States |
Ted N.C. Wilson, president, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

 

Warm greetings to each one of you during this very special time of the year when the world remembers the Savior’s birth. Even though, it most probably was not at this time, we still remember this wonderful, beautiful event.

 

While the Bible doesn’t tell us exactly when Jesus was born, it assures us that He was born in Bethlehem, the city of David. Prophecy predicted this centuries earlier when, through inspiration, the prophet Micah wrote:

 

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”

 

What a marvelous prediction in Micah, chapter 5, verse 2.

 

This is amazing to think about-that God, the Creator of the universe, humbled himself and became a human being, born as a helpless babe to a young mother, raised in a humble home, spent most of His earthly life working in a carpenter’s shop, and then for three-and-a-half years wandered from place to place, teaching, preaching, healing, and bringing hope to countless people before being rejected by the very ones He came to save. He suffered the most humiliating, excruciating death possible and was laid to rest in a borrowed tomb.

 

Why? Why did He choose to do this? Why did He choose to come to Earth, this tiny speck of a planet, as a human being, to live and to die, knowing that He would be “despised and rejected, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 56:3)?

 

There is only one answer-love. Love for you, love for me. Love for the entire world. For you see, the Bible tells us in 1 John 4:8 – “God is love.”

 

And we know that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life,” a beautiful promise from John 3, verse 16.

 

The truth is, without God, we have no hope, no future. Again, from the Scripture, Romans 6:23-“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Jesus-our only hope. He is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

 

And because He knew this, because He knew we would be lost forever without Him, He came to this earth more than 2,000 years ago because He couldn’t bear to spend eternity without us.
We read in the beautiful book, The Desire of Ages, p. 25, that “Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His. “‘With His stripes we are healed.'”

 

Praise God that He died, and rose, and is even now at the right hand of God interceding for us (Romans 8:34).

 

During this time of gift giving, I want to remember that if you haven’t already done so, and I want you to think about it carefully, that you will accept Jesus-who wrapped Himself up in the package of humanity-100 percent divine, 100 percent human-we can’t comprehend it, but what a miracle! He gave Himself to you, and to me, as an incredible gift of life, and love, and eternal life!

 

 

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