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Born on the island of New Providence, Bahamas, Dawn Smith received her early education at Bahamas Academy of Seventh-day Adventists as well as Grand Bahama Academy. She pursued higher education at the College of the Bahamas (now University of the Bahamas), graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Banking and Finance. Along with her love for business, Ms. Smith enjoys traveling, culinary experiences, spending time with her family and she loves music. She will be serving in the treasury department as an accountant.

ATCU Pastoral Families Assemble for Prayer and Fellowship

ATCU Pastoral Families Assemble for Prayer and Fellowship
By ATCU Communication Department

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As a part of celebrating the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists’ (IAD) Week of Prayer for Pastoral Families under the theme “In His Hand,” the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (ATCU) organized a special program on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 to bring together Seventh-day Adventist pastoral families on the island of New Providence for an evening of fellowship and prayer. The event was organized by the ministerial and family ministries departments of ATCU headed by Pastor Leonard Johnson and Pastor Peter Kerr respectively.

“We go through difficult times as pastoral families. We work hard, and many times people talk about us, and sometimes we may even talk about each other. But, we have come here to talk
to each other,” said Johnson as he welcomed the pastoral families to the event.

The group participated in icebreakers where they shared anniversary dates, introduced their spouses and children, and viewed one of the special programs produced by the IAD which included special music, prayer for unions within IAD, and a charge. The charge was presented by Pastor Claudio and Dr. Pamela Consuegra, family ministries directors of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. They encouraged pastoral families to be intentional in caring for their marriage and their children as the hectic schedule of a pastor may cause him to neglect his wife and children.

“Your home itself provides an evangelistic opportunity more powerful than that sermon you may be working on,” admonished Dr. Consuegra as she explained that pastors must care for their spouses and children. She explained that after God, family should come next in their pyramid of priorities. Claudio and Pamela also encouraged pastoral families not to underestimate the power of family worship and prayer. She encouraged spouses to pray for each other out loud as this reaffirms to the spouse that he or she is loved and appreciated.

The evening concluded with testimonies from pastors’ children, spouses, and pastors themselves, talking about the joys and challenges of being a part of a pastoral family.

“As a pastor, I need a praying wife, and I have a praying wife who fears God. I thank God for the wisdom that she brings to our home,” said Pastor Terry Tanis as he testified about his wife, Samantha.

Pastor Peter Kerr thanked the families for coming. “Events like this need to happen more often,” said Kerr. “We need to keep in contact and call each other and pray for each other.”
The families exchanged contact information so that they could pray with each other or just call to converse.

The official Week of Prayer for Pastoral Families was celebrated from January 21 to 28, 2017, and the devotional videos for the week of prayer can be accessed from the IAD’s website banner at
www.interamerica.org.

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The Upper Room Experience

The Upper Room Experience

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“I now realize how much I have been underestimating the mighty power of prayer”, remarked a member of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (SBC) after attending a seminar presented by Jerry and Janet Page, Ministerial Directors of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The seminars were conducted at the Centreville Church in Nassau, The Bahamas on evenings of February 1 and 2 where Jerry and Janet shared how prayer has impacted their lives and ministries.
Jerry lamented on the fact that many within the church have been depending on their own power and abilities for so long when God is only waiting for us to ask Him for His power. “There are so many things that God wants to do through us but we need to as in faith”, said Jerry.
Janet shared several testimonies on what God has done in her personal and professional life as a result of prayer. “My children have found a love for serving the Lord because their mother found Jesus”, said Janet.
Jerry encouraged parents to never get tired of praying for their children as he testified about getting kicked out of school and ending up selling cocaine but the prayers of his parents made him miserable living that life. “Eventually I found Jesus,” said Jerry; “and it was because of the consistent prayers of my parents”.
Every session Jerry and Janet conducted ended with thirty minutes of prayer and praise. Members of the congregation freely participated in prayer sessions where anyone just shouted out praises, petitions, confessions, songs and scripture.
“I feel refreshed after these two evenings of prayer”, said one participant and in a shout of praise another said “I will never be the same after these sessions!”
Jerry and Janet also conducted a special seminar and prayer session for pastors, elders and Bible workers at the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) headquarters and will conduct similar sessions in all the fields within the ATCU.


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ATCU President Admonishes Ordinands to Visit Members

ATCU President Admonishes Ordinands to Visit Members
By ATCU Communication Department

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One of the most significant milestones in the development of any Seventh-day Adventist church is the ordination of individuals into pastoral ministry. The North Bahamas Conference (NBC), one of the fields of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (ATCU), celebrated the ordination of two of its ministers, Pastor Fritz Gerald François and Pastor Patrick Tyrill, during a ceremony held at the Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Church in Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas on Sabbath, January 14, 2017.

Officiating and bringing the charge at this first-ever pastoral ordination service in the history of NBC was the president of ATCU, Pastor Leonard Johnson. Emphasizing the tremendous responsibility that comes with the call to pastoral ministry, Pastor Johnson presented a sermon entitled “Do Not Abuse the Privilege.”

“The power of the calling is in the person who is called,” said Johnson as he explained that it is the Holy Spirit that calls one to ministry. He expressed that the two major complaints from members reveal that they want pastors to preach the Word of God and to visit members’ homes.

“You want to be effective in ministry? Visit your members,” admonished Johnson. “Members want to know that you care.”

Pastor François has been working as a pastor in fields within ATCU for almost ten years; and during the ceremony, representatives of his congregations recognized him as a caring and dedicated pastor.

Pastor Tyrill was called from the Jamaica Union to pastor in The Bahamas and was commended for being passionate about ministry as well as for his dedication to the churches under his care.

The president of NBC, Pastor Henry R. Moncur, expressed excitement at being a part of this historic ceremony, stating that there would be more ordinations in NBC in the very near future.
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