Dedicated to the Cause

By: Dr. Virginia Romer/Communication Department

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When Bahamasair touched down in San Salvador on Friday, November 23, 2012, it was loaded with precious ‘cargo’. Pastor & Mrs. Jeremiah Duncombe and numerous family members and friends made the journey for the special service honoring pioneers of the Cockburn Town Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Saturday, November 24th was a special day at the Cockburn Town Church. Three pioneers, each having attended and held numerous positions in the church for more than fifty years and are presently the oldest members in the church were being honored. As the theme so correctly stated, they were “Dedicated to the Cause”. Indeed Ms. Mable Williams, Ms. Enid Fernander, and Mrs. Millicent Williams, each adorned in their beautiful hats, were made to feel special when they took their slow steps escorted by their sons to their special seats. Understandably, Ms. Mable Williams, the eldest of the three, had a greater bounce to her steps as she was celebrating her 89th birthday. Throughout the service, her strong voice echoed praise and thanks to God.

The church was filled to capacity with family and friends from the community and New Providence. Prominent civic and religious leaders brought remarks to the congregation. President of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists, Dr. Leonard Johnson and Pastor Paul Scavella, President of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, were unable to attend, however their congratulatory messages were shared by the host pastor, Pastor Larry Green.

The service was a spirit-filled one; the fire ignited when Sister Theresa Williams brought the audience to their feet with her mixed rendition of ‘Thank you Lord for Your Blessings on Me’ and ‘Ride out the Storm’. That rendition caused the birthday celebrant to get to her feet and make her way to the altar with her arms raised and voice praising her God. Her obvious undying love for God, brought tears to the eyes of many. Each item from there on, took the service higher and higher. Pastor Jeremiah Duncombe, a former pastor at the Cockburn Town Church and former President of the Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, delivered the message.

Pastor Duncombe took a portion of his message from Psalm 90:10 – 12. In his message, he pointed out that although God has promised threescore years and ten, there is no guarantee that we would get there; therefore life is computed best in our relationship with Jesus Christ. We are to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and might. As a result, age should not diminish our love for serving God.

Thank goodness for pioneers such as the honorees who still have the fire burning in their stomach for the Lord but because of age and health reasons, are unable to physically continue to do His work. It is because of their personal experience of what God has done for them and their family that they will echo the words of Job ‘though he slay me, yet will I trust in him’. The members of the church were encouraged to take a page out of the book of the lives of these warriors who still have the fire for God deep in their souls. The service ended with a prayer of dedication and the honorees looking forward to the second coming of Jesus, but until then, with joy they will continue to praise and worship their Savior. Members and guests were admonished to do likewise.

In appreciation for their years of dedicated service to the church, each was presented with a plaque, a floral arrangement and a fruit basket. Although the service ended, the celebration continued at the luncheon that was held in their honor. It was there that members of the church and the community were able to bring additional remarks. In deed the honored pioneers and all in attendance will always remember the day. What a wonderful celebration for which God must be given the praise!