Atlantic Caribbean Union

Dr. Leonard A. Johnson Speaks At SBC Camp Meeting Morning Service

By Andrew Burrows

Under the theme “God With Us,” the South Bahamas Conference (SBC) began its week-long camp meeting on Monday, June 18 with an early morning devotion that focused on prayer and personal devotion.
Pastor Leonard A. Johnson, president of ACUM, presented the devotional message, exploring the Biblical narrative of the life of Joseph. Referencing the book, “The Dream Giver” by Bruce Wilkinson, Pastor Johnson told listeners to be more devoted to the Dream Giver than to the dream itself.

He mentioned that not everyone will recognize a person’s God-given potential and pointed out that Joseph’s brothers “hated him yet the more for his dreams and for his words.” (Genesis 5:39). Moving from the pit to palace, he noted that Joseph spent 13 years in Egypt, but God, who is the Dream Maker, had a purpose for his life.

Dr. Johnson further remarked that when Joseph’s brothers discovered that he was still alive and in a position of authority, they wondered to themselves if Joseph would seek revenge.
“It’s in our nature to get even, but Joseph recognized that it was God who was leading,” Dr. Johnson said.

Those in attendance included Pastor Paul Scavella, president of SBC, other conference administrators, union directors, pastors, office staff, and church members.

Pastor Johnson and other union administrators also attended the leadership training sessions for the pastors of the conference that were conducted during camp meeting by Dr. Harold Lee, a former administrator for the Adventist church. In his brief remarks to the pastors, Dr. Johnson reminded the pastors to apply themselves and be open to more effective ways of leading and governing the church. He then commended Pastor Paul Scavella and his fellow administrators for inviting Dr. Harold Lee to be the guest presenter at the daily camp meeting seminars.

Camp meeting for the SBC ends on June 24.