Lord Transform Me 2019 ATCU Update

Lord Transform Me 2019 ATCU Update


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The officers, directors, pastors, and members of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (ATCU) rejoice and celebrate with the more than 600 souls that committed their lives to Jesus Christ in baptism during the Lord Transform Me Campaigns held in The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands during January and February of 2019.
Pastor Peter Kerr, president of ATCU, expressed excitement and was enthused to see the leaders and members throughout the union mobilized and energized to win souls for the Kingdom of Christ. “I am happy to see that there are many churches who did not end their campaigns on February 9 but are continuing to spread the gospel of Christ in local church campaigns,” said Pastor Kerr. 
As of February 17, 2019, the number of persons baptized has exceeded 650, a final tally will be given at the end of the first quarter of 2019.  “I know that the vision of Total Member Involvement (TMI) has caught on throughout ATCU as I am seeing pastors and lay persons refusing to pause their evangelistic efforts because they know and believe that Jesus is soon to come,” Pastor Kerr declared.
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Granddaughter of First Seventh-day Adventist in The Bahamas Celebrates 100th Birthday

Granddaughter of First Seventh-day Adventist in The Bahamas Celebrates 100th Birthday
By ATCU Communication Department

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Born when one of the modes of transportation in The Bahamas was the horse and carriage, Elizabeth Moses, affectionately known as “Betty,” is the grandchild of the first Seventh-day Adventist in The Bahamas. Thanks to Adventist literature evangelists who visited the Bahamas, William Charles Antonio, a shoemaker and the paternal grandfather of Betty, accepted the Advent message. Reading books like The Desire of Ages and Bible Readings for the Home written by Ellen G. White prompted Charles and his wife to engage in further Bible study. These studies resulted in Charles, his wife, and their four children keeping the Bible Sabbath and hosting the first Branch Sabbath School in The Bahamas.
Elizabeth’s father, William Wilshere Antonio, was the youngest of the four children. He was baptized in 1912 and became a member of the Shirley Street Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nassau, The Bahamas. Wilshire married Olive Fountain in 1915, and they had three children. Elizabeth’s brother, Philip Glen Antonio, will be 97 years old on February 11, 2019, and Elizabeth celebrated her 100
th birthday on January 6, 2019. Elizabeth’s other sibling, Tessie Mae, is deceased.
Elizabeth remembers being taken by horse and carriage, along with her grandmother, parents, and siblings, to Sabbath School on Sabbath mornings in the early 1900s. “I never got the privilege of knowing my paternal grandfather, but I did know my paternal grandmother, the matriarch of Adventism in The Bahamas, Mary Griffin-Antonio” explained Elizabeth
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There in the basement of the small church on Shirley Street, Adventist education in the Bahamas continued to grow. At that time, Adventist education only went as far as the 8th grade. Betty vividly remembers marching to the sound of “Pomp and Circumstance.” “The music was played by one of our older members, and her name was Vera Henfield, on an organ that had to be pumped,” said Betty as she used her hands to demonstrate the pumping action that had to be done to the organ.
“Being a Sabbath keeper at that time was extremely difficult as employers required you to work a six-day week,” said Betty. “I therefore became an entrepreneur, making homemade candy and selling them to business places at the time.” Eventually, the Bahamian Government amended the laws to make the business week a five-day one as opposed to a six-day week. Consequently, Betty was then able to seek employment. She worked in the insurance business and as receptionist at the office of the Bahamas Mission of Seventh-day Adventists and the Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists from which she retired in 2008.
Betty still attends church almost every Sabbath with her only son, Ian, at the Johnson Park Seventh-day Adventist Church on Farrington Road in Nassau, The Bahamas.
Celebrating her 100
th birthday with her at the Johnson Park Church on Sabbath, January 5, 2019, were the executive secretary of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, Dr. Leonard Johnson; the president of Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Peter Kerr; the executive secretary of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Leonardo Rahming; and the Governor General of The Bahamas, Dame Marguerite Pindling.
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A Call to Prayer for Forty Days

Message
from
Pastor Peter Kerr, President

40 Days of Fasting (fcp1)



A Call to Prayer for Forty Days (December 26, 2018 to February 2, 2019)

Imagine thousands of Seventh-day Adventists around our union - in the Cayman Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the islands of the Bahamas praying for forty days for the same thing!

From December 26, 2018 to February 2, 2019, you are encouraged to join in praying with over thirty thousand Adventist members in our union for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to be fully experienced by our church members during this period of preparation for the Lord Transform Me Reaping Campaigns of 2019.

We want these days of prayer to be a time when God will break through in some powerful ways in the hearts of all of us and that He will do as He did in the days of Acts by igniting a passion for sharing the Good News with all our friends, neighbors, and family members. We will pray that everyone of us will “come up to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.” –Judges 5: 23

What Might Have Been

After the 1901 General Conference Session, Ellen G. White had a vision in which she witnessed those in the meetings responding to the Holy Spirit to be reconciled through humility, confession of sins, and removal of barriers between each other. This was followed by earnest prayer, songs of praise, and the evident presence of the Holy Spirit. (See 8T, pp. 104-106)

When Ellen White woke from the vision, she realized that this breakthrough had not happened as God intended. Hardhearted participants prevented the unity God so desired. Deeply disappointed, she understood that the Lord could have come in their lifetime! But His people did not surrender their thoughts and opinions to the leading of the Holy Spirit.




It Still Can Be! We Can Still Do It!!

My dear brothers and sisters, “what might have been” in 1901 is still possible today in 2018 and 2019. Jesus invites us to unite together and pray for His power to break through the hearts of individuals and usher in His second coming.

While the devil seeks to frustrate the plan of God and to hinder the success of God’s great work, I appeal to you to unite with us in prayer and to invite your family, friends, and church members to pray earnestly to God that He will work a mighty wonder in our lands and make the reaping campaigns a wonderful success story of our times.

We are especially inviting you to participate in the following global spiritual events:

  1. - Sabbath of Prayer and Fasting

  1. - 10 DAYS OF PRAYER

Resources for these events can be found on revivalandreformation.org or at
tendaysofprayer.org


WE CAN DO IT! YES, WE CAN! “NOT BY MIGHT, NOR BY POWER, BUT BY MY SPIRIT, SAITH THE LORD.”

“MORE PRAYER, MORE POWER!”



Inaugural Session of the Turks and Caicos Islands Conference

Inaugural Session of the Turks and Caicos Islands Conference

At the inaugural session of the newly formed Turks and Caicos Islands Conference, the nominating committee voted on Pastor Steve Cornwall as president, Pastor Terry Tanis as executive secretary and Sister Simone Gilkes as treasurer.
Members of the executive committee and the constitution and bylaws committee were also chosen and accepted by the delegates of the session.
At the inaugural session of the newly formed Turks and Caicos Islands Conference, the nominating committee voted on Pastor Steve Cornwall as president, Pastor Terry Tanis as executive secretary and Sister Simone Gilkes as treasurer.
Members of the executive committee and the constitution and bylaws committee were also chosen and accepted by the delegates of the session.

DIRECTORS
Youth/PARL Director: Judith Robinson
ADRA/Community Services: Almartha Thomas
Children’s Ministries Director: Wilnide Julmiste
Communication Director: Havana Henry
Family Ministries Director: Thomas Rose
Health Ministries Director: Nora Tyndale
Ministerial Secretary: Steve Cornwall
Personal Ministries Director: Terry Tanis
Assistant to Pres. For Evangelism: Terry Tanis
Stewardship/Trust Director: Reinford Trail
Women’s Ministries Director: Beatrice Beam
Sabbath School Director: Michelle Arthur

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Steve Cornwall
Terry Tanis
Simone Gilkes
Judith Robinson
Almartha Thomas
Wilnide Julmiste
Havana Henry
Thomas Rose
Steve Cornwall
Terry Tanis
Simone Gilkes
Judith Robinson
Almartha Thomas
Wilnide Julmiste
Havana HenryThomas Rose
Education Director
Vice Principal of Marantha Academy

CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE
Terry Tannis
Cheryl Rolle
Carlos Mason
Isaac Israel
Tracy-Anne Blythe

These persons will serve for the next four years.