68 Join Adventist Church after 2 Weeks of Lion Center Meetings

68 Join Adventist Church after 2 Weeks of Lion Center Meetings

The Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventist announced that 68 persons were baptized during its Footprints of Hope Evangelistic Campaign which is being held at the Lion Center in George Town Grand Cayman. The meetings which have been held nightly since April 3rd have seen hundreds of persons visiting each night to hear renowned tele-evangelist Pastor Glen O. Samuels deliver impassioned sermons on a wide range of topics.
“We are delighted for the 68 precious souls who have taken the step to commit their lives to Jesus”, stated Pastor Samuels at the baptismal service which was conducted at the Spots Beach on Saturday April 18th, 2015. “In this time of hopelessness in many areas of life it is good to know that we can find hope, purpose and direction in a life dedicated to the service of the Lord.”

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Echoing these sentiments Pastor Shian O’Connor, President of the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventist stated that, “The Seventh-day Adventist Church is committed to offering a better way to those who long for a brighter future, to young people who see their peers succumbing to drugs and violence and despair, there is a better way, for families that are being ripped apart by strife and confusion, there is a better way, for a society that faces darkness and despair, there is a better way, and that better way can be found in a life surrendered to Jesus”.
The program billed “Footprints of Hope” runs from 7.30 PM each night except Thursday and offers a variety of features along with the preaching sermon.

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The Adventists are noted for their health programs and this also forms a part of the activities including health lectures and health screenings during the meetings. There has also been a strong youth involvement in various aspects of the campaign with a cadre of young people serving as support staff and also hosting a weekly Saturday evening youth forum where they use drama and interactive discussions to address certain youth focused issues.
Also each Saturday morning the organizers allow residents to have access to their pastoral staff for a special dedication and laying of hands service for infants and young children. They are also given a certificate to commemorate the occasion.

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Pastor Samuels is the President of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventist in the Jamaica Union of Seventh-day Adventist where he leads out in the administration of the church’s activities in the western parishes of Jamaica. He also hosts weekly television program and has seen many persons join the church through his efforts. Pastor Samuels travels extensively to many parts of the world conducting evangelistic campaigns. He became famous in his homeland of Jamaica in 2003 when the national newspaper reported on an incident when he was held up by a gunman who he was able to convince not only to not harm him but to make the decision to change from his life of crime and become a Christian.

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The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Protestant Christian denomination distinguished by its observance of Saturday, the original seventh day of the Judeo-Christian week, as the Sabbath, and by its emphasis on the imminent second coming (advent) of Jesus Christ. The denomination grew out of the Millerite movement in the United States during the mid-19th century and was formally established in 1863. Among its founders was Ellen G. White, whose extensive writings are still held in high regard by the church today.

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The Seventh-day Adventist church in the Cayman Islands commenced in the year 1894 after Gilbert McLaughlin, a Caymanian sea captain was converted and accepted the tenets of Adventism in Bonacca, Honduras and returned to East End, Grand Cayman and donated land for the first church. Today the Church has 15 congregations and over 5,000 members who come from all areas of the community. It is very active in preventative health initiatives and also has a department dedicated to child development and training.

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The Church also owns and operates the Cayman Academy K-12 private school in George Town, which was recently featured on CITN for its recent outstanding examination results. The church also has an association of its business and professional members which caters to their networking and development along with their outreach efforts to their counterparts in the public and private sector.