IAD Youth Director Visits ATCU

By: Communication Department

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Pastor Benjamin Caballo, youth and chaplaincy director of the Inter-American Division (IAD), visited the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) territory for the first time during November 1 – 4, 2012.
Upon arriving at the Freeport International Airport in Grand Bahama, Bahamas, the home of the North Bahamas Conference (NBC) headquarters, he was welcomed by students from Grand Bahama Academy as well as Pathfinders and youth leaders from the NBC. A representative from the Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism also welcomed him to the island nation.

While in the NBC, he participated in the Atlantic Caribbean Union’s Waylon Johnson Bible Boom finals and the NBC’s Masterguide Investiture Service.

Named in recognition of Waylon Johnson’s historic accomplishment of being the first contestant from an English-speaking union (ATCU) to win the IAD’s Bible Boom finals last year, the ATCU Waylon Johnson Bible Boom finals were held at the Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist church in Freeport, Grand Bahama. There were three contestants from throughout ATCU: Alexandria Scott from the South Bahamas Conference (SBC); Emmanuel Henriquez from the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission; and Kesa Petit-frere from the NBC.

After several rounds of answering questions sent electronically via individual computers, Kesa Petit-frere emerged the winner with a total of five hundred points (500). For the second consecutive time, a member of the Eight Mile Rock SDA Church in the NBC captured the prize.

Kesa will represent ATCU at the Inter-America Division finals to be held on Sabbath evening, December 8, 2012, at the University of the Southern Caribbean in Trinidad.
Emmanuel Henriquez, who placed third, remarked that as this was his first time entering the Bible Boom, he was happy for the experience. He further expressed that he now has one full year to study for next year’s contest. Pastor Caballo brought remarks and presented awards to the contestants.

Pastor Benjamin Caballo, along with Pastor Andrew E. Burrows, youth ministries director of the ATCU, also conducted an investiture service for eight youth leaders who completed the Masterguide curriculum. Giving the charge, Pastor Caballo admonished the class of Masterguides that the best things in their lives are yet to come.

On Sabbath morning, November 3, both Pastors Caballo and Burrows worshiped with youth leaders, Masterguides, Pathfinders, and Adventurers of the SBC at the Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church in New Providence, Bahamas with Pastor Caballo preaching the word.

Later that afternoon, the youth partnered with the Sabbath School department in a parade and rally that began and ended at the Old Bahamas Academy on Wulff Road. During the same weekend, Pastor Samuel Telemaque, associate Sabbath School and personal ministries director of IAD conducted a Sabbath School congress for persons working in the Sabbath School ministry within the SBC.

The final event in ATCU for Pastor Carballo was a youth forum with youth leaders of the SBC. The session was held at the Living Faith Church on Sunday afternoon. During this time, Pastor Caballo interacted with the youth, answering questions related to various youth matters.

The theme for the weekend’s activities was “Powerful Generation.”