Atlantic Caribbean Union

ACUM’s Youth Lead Out in Camping Activities and Summer Evangelism

By Communication Department, ACUM

Summer time is at an end, and the young people of the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission (ACUM) are headed back to the various schools, colleges, and universities.
During the past two months, the various youth ministries departments were abuzz with many events and activities. Among them were the Pathfinder and Adventurer camps.

In the North Bahamas Conference, the old Missile Base in East Grand Bahama came alive for a week as the young people of Grand Bahama and Abaco participated in the camp activities. The Pathfinders and Adventurers of the South Bahamas Conference camped out at the New Bight Primary School in Cat Island. Similarly, the youth department of the Turks and Caicos Islands hosted its annual camp at the Horse Stable Beach on the island of North Caicos. Additionally, the young people of the Cayman Islands travelled to Camp Valley in St. Catherine, Jamaica to join with the Central Jamaica Conference for a week of camping.

Another highlight over the past few weeks was the involvement of our youth in summer evangelism. All of the fields throughout ACUM hosted some evangelistic series during the recent weeks. In the South Bahamas conference, Pastor Kent Price and his team organized the “Generation Power” evangelistic series. Guest speaker for the event was Pastor Laurent Grosvenor from London, England. The event was held at the Bahamas Academy school grounds in Nassau, Bahamas. At the conclusion of the two-week series, many young people dedicated their lives to the Lord, and six souls were baptized.

Also, the North Bahamas Conference concluded their summer activities with a youth gospel weekend. Pastor Orville Brissett from Florida, USA was the guest speaker for the event. According to Tonia Palmer, communications director, Pastor Brissett, who has a musical background, also led a segment of the praise and worship with the song “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” just before he presented the message entitled “Change We Can Believe In.” He admonished all that in order to impact youth and community, a change must come. The theme for the summer was “Impacting Youth 4 Christ.”

Presently, in the Cayman Islands Conference, the members are involved in two summer evangelistic series. The “Let God Speak” evangelistic series, with international speaker Evangelist Valbert Walker and hosted by the Maranatha Church, will be held from Sunday, August 12 to August 31, 2012, at the Seafarers’ Building, #1 Victory Avenue in Prospect. Also, the West Bay Church is in the midst of the “Lord Revive Us Again” gospel campaign with Evangelist Mignel Maragh. The meetings are being held from August 18 to September 1, 2012, at the Little Chapel, West Bay Church site.

Just recently, the young people of the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission (TCIM) led out in the “Jesus Loves Jeans Youth Crusade.” In his nightly presentations, Pastor Andrew E. Burrows, youth director of ACUM, challenged the young people and the entire audience to have a personal relationship with Christ. “It is God’s desire that all of us be saved in his kingdom, including the youth of the Turks and Caicos Islands,” he proclaimed. The one-week event, which was held at the Blue Hills SDA Church in Providenciales, culminated on Sabbath, August 24, 2012, with nine young people accepting the invitation to follow Christ in baptism.

In an interview with People Television (PTV), the local news station in Turks and Caicos, Pastor Michael A. Smith, president of TCIM emphasized the importance of our young people being involved in evangelism and sharing the gospel among their peers. “We plan to do an event like this each year,” he said.

These are just some of the highlights of the summer activities throughout the Atlantic Caribbean Union. Pastor Andrew Burrows noted that the youth of ACUM are actively involved in the work and mission of the church. “All the activities and programs are geared for one purpose: the salvation of all, including our young people,” he said.