The Privilege of Service

Ten Plus Days of Preaching

For the past two years, it has been my privilege to represent the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) in the exchange of speakers for short evangelistic campaigns held in early to mid February. Last year, it was in the Dominican Republic where for ten meetings I preached- resulting in several baptisms. However, ATCU also benefitted, in that Pastor Caesar Acevedo preached for the same period in the Cayman Islands.

This year the Turks and Caicos Islands are on the recipient’s list, as Pastor Danny Francis, Personal Ministry Director of the Caribbean Union Conference, is preaching in Providenciales until March 2. I am in Belize concluding this weekend ten days of meetings under a tent, coordinated by Pastor Angelo Dominguez, local district pastor. I have been encouraged by the attendance of members and visitors alike. I ask that you join Pastor Francis and me in praying for a rich harvest of souls.

A Privilege to Experience a New Culture

Some may wonder why go through the sacrifice of leaving one’s home for ten days or more in a foreign place? There is much to be gained from learning a new culture, experiencing great fellowship and the love and acceptance of Adventists, who appear to be the same wherever one goes. More importantly, the opportunity to communicate the Word of God is a significant gain. This church is a wonderful body of believers!

A Privilege to Take on the Role of Pastor/Evangelist

Additionally, I find it refreshing as an officer to serve as a pastor/evangelist; and I am deliberate in reminding myself of the fact that I have been called as a pastor and that it is a privilege to serve as a union president. Therefore, pulling away from the office and going into a different union represents a wonderful opportunity to get back into the pastoral frame of mind. It also lends to a sense of credibility when as Ministerial Director in addressing certain evangelistic and pastoral issues, I am able to speak from current experience.

A Privilege to Emulate Christ

Finally, this deployment, though not with lay preaching, is part of the plans for the Year of the Laity throughout the Division. I am most impressed with the level of involvement and devotion seen in the lives of the men and women and, of course, the youth of the church. People still attend church and are eager to participate. I am further led to wonder what it will be like in heaven when we see one another and reflect on what God would have brought us through. Consider it a privilege to serve wherever you are as pastor, elder or other church officer. Do so willingly, considering that Christ “came not to be served but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).

P.U.S.H (Pray Until Something Happens) -Next week Feb 24 – March 2, commit to praying for Health throughout the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands.