ACUM Church Boards Participate in IAD Year-end Meeting

By: Communication Department

Sabbath afternoon, October 27, 2012, was an historic moment for the Inter-American Division (IAD) as it opened a session of its year-end committee meetings to all church boards within the Inter-American Division, including the churches within the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ACUM).
The committee meeting, held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras was streamed live via the internet. The major item for this year’s meetings was the launch of and presentation of plans for “2013 The Year of the Laity.”

In the South Bahamas Conference (SBC), scores of church board members on the island of New Providence met at the Centerville SDA Church to view and participate in this historic moment. Pastor Danhugh Gordon, SBC communication director, along with the technical team at the Centerville Church ensured that the computer system was up and running for the event. Pastor Wilfred T. Adderley, personal ministries and Sabbath School director, made available copies of the “Road Map” to each board member. The Road Map is the document prepared by the Inter-American Division that highlights, in sequential order, all the events and plans for 2013 Year of the Laity. The event was broadcast in Spanish, English, and French with translations where needed.

The members keenly listened to the various presenters in Honduras as they highlighted the plans for their specific areas. Seanray Jennings, a board member from the Hiillview Church in New Providence, said he appreciated how Pastor Israel Leito, president of IAD, explained the process that will lead up to the elders of the local churches being authorized to baptize candidates that they themselves have prepared.

Pastor Andrew Burrows, communication director of ACUM, brought remarks on behalf of the union president, Pastor Leonard Johnson who was in Honduras at the host site. At the conclusion of the various presentations, board members viewing via the internet were invited to officially vote the plans. Pastor Michael Toote, ministerial director for SBC took a collective vote of all the church board members present. With uplifted hands, the Road Map for “2013 Year of the Laity” was unanimously accepted.

In the Cayman Islands Conference, Pastor Renaldo Dracket, personal ministries and Sabbath School director, reported that the church boards gathered at the Savannah Adventist Church in Grand Cayman. He noted that there were approximately 250 persons, representing 14 church boards, in attendance.

“Everyone is excited about the year 2013 and all the events envisioned taking place,” said Pastor Dracket. “All church boards voted in favor to adopt the recommendations outlined by the Inter-American Division committee.”

Elder Hopeton Bansie, executive secretary/treasurer of the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission (TCIM), mentioned that there were some challenges initially in accessing both the audio and visual feed from the host site. However, once the problem was corrected with the internet browser, the members were able to share in the event. The venue for the meeting in TCIM was the Blue Hills, SDA Church in Providenciales.

The church boards of the North Bahamas Conference (NBC), in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, were unable to participate in the event. Pastor Henry Moncur, executive secretary of NBC, explained that there were no church services that Sabbath, as the roads in both Abaco and Grand Bahama were flooded and many sections of conference’s territory were without electricity.

“We just thank God that He spared us during the passing of Sandy. We will make alternate arrangements so that our board members will be able to receive all the information shared,” assured Pastor Moncur.


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Cayman Site


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