Atlantic Caribbean Union

ATCU Ladies Share Jesus

ATCU Ladies Share Jesus
By Nadia King, South Bahamas Conference

Ready To Share Him!
Excitement filled the air as women from the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands, and representatives from England, the United States, and Columbia filled the Sheraton Hotel, Cable Beach in Nassau, Bahamas for the annual Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) Women’s Ministries Retreat on Friday evening, September 20, 2013.
Under the theme, “That I May Share Him, we welcomed the Sabbath with a vibrant, enriching, song service that spiritually prepared us for the word from the Lord. Just before the word, however, Sis. Patrice Gordon, event coordinator for the South Bahamas Conference, led us into a humbling prayer experience. She urged us to empty ourselves of the hindrances that would prevent us from receiving the outpouring of the Holy Spirit during the weekend.
Our keynote speaker, Sister Heather-Dawn Small, women’s ministries director of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, under the control of the Holy Spirit, delivered a captivating and inspiring message entitled “Yes We Can…With God!”
In this message, she reminded us that we belong to God and we are unable to successfully accomplish anything without Him. She challenged us to come back to a holy God who is waiting to empower us for the completion of his work.
It was an awesome experience to share in this service of consecration and rededication with the sisters of the Adventist faith and those who were visiting from the Women’s Department of the Anglican Diocese.

Celebrating the Sabbath!

Sabbath School began with a program that showcased the many hats women wear. The sisters from the Cayman Islands delivered an engaging program which included dramatization, song, and study of the word.
“Reformation: Healing Broken Relationships” was the lesson that we studied. At the end of this presentation, we were encouraged to actively participate in the process of healing broken relationships in our lives and around us. We were inspired to continue wearing the many hats (roles) that God has blessed our lives with. Sabbath school culminated as the sisters of the Turks and Caicos Islands invited women to tell how they share Jesus during the personal ministries segment.
The power of the Holy Spirit was ever present as we moved into the divine service. Under the direction of Sister Allison Rolle, the praise team blessed our souls with hymns and songs, creating an atmosphere of praise and thanksgiving unto the Lord. Later, we moved into another prayer experience that began to transform the souls of the women as they poured out their petitions before Lord.
The word was once again presented to us by Sister Small under the caption “What do you smell like?” Using the key text 2 Corinthians 2: 14-16, she presented to us how we should be “the aroma of life” that leads souls to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. We left the worship room determined to be vessels filled with the sweet fragrance of Christ which is his character and his Holy Spirit.
During the divine service, it was a pleasure to worship with the Honorable Janet G. Bostwick and the Honorable Cynthia ‘Mother’ Pratt. These women both delivered words of encouragement and thankfulness for being included in the worship experience.

Sharing Him!

On Sabbath afternoon, six (6) buses filled with women, eager to share Jesus, left the Sheraton Hotel grounds. The ladies were armed with the Priority Magazines, pamphlets, prayers, and songs, ready for outreach. Our first stop was the Cable Beach police station where pamphlets and magazines were distributed. Later, we stopped at Goodman’s Bay, Rawson Square, and Montague Beach where we shared with anyone who would listen.
Our outreach culminated on Clifford Park with a worship service at the set of sun. Director of women’s ministries and communication of the North England Conference, Sister Geraldene Farmer, shared with us on the theme “How Big is Your But?” She explained that while we may be eager to think or act as if we are incapable, God is able to qualify and equip us for all things. She challenged us to allow God to work through us to accomplish those things which we find impossible.

The Total Experience!

On Sunday morning, our devotion was presented by Cecilia Iglesias, director of women’s ministries of the Inter-American Division. Sister Iglesias inspired us by reaffirming that women are an indispensable gender in the work of the Lord. She admonished that we should not allow our weaknesses to hinder us from working for the Lord and challenged us to let our weaknesses be transformed into strengths as we place them in the hands of the almighty God.
By this time, our spiritual vessels had been running over, and still there was more to come. Our guest soloist for the weekend, Anthonette F. Kerr, prepared us for the charge with the song “I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel.” Sister Small presented her final message entitled “What Can One Woman Do?”
Sister Debbie Zonicle, women’s ministries leader for the Centerville Seventh-day Adventist Church, Nassau, Bahamas, led us into a time of sharing where we participated in a symbolic foot washing ceremony and prayer service. We formed connections with each other through a prayer chain link formed by using the many prayer requests submitted throughout the weekend. Each prayer group made a commitment to encourage each other during the remainder of the year.

To God Be the Glory!

A heartfelt thank you is extended to Sister Denise Johnson and her team who successfully accomplished a great spiritual work this weekend. We anticipate even more next year in the Turks and Caicos Islands.