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Maranatha Academy (formerly Maranatha High School), a Seventh-day Adventist institution located on the island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, seeks suitable candidates to fill the position of Vice Principal beginning September 2019.

Applicants should:


    Salary scale ranges from US$35,000.00 – US$40,000.00 per annum and is also based on years of experience and qualification.

    Applications (cover letter and resume) should be addressed to:

    The Education Director
    c/o The Principal
    Maranatha Academy
    287 Millennium Highway
    Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

    Applications can also be emailed to contact@maranathaacademy.tc



    The deadline for applications to be submitted is May 30, 2019.

    ATCU Symposium 2019

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    The Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists will celebrate Symposium 2019 in the South Bahamas Conference on Wednesday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. sharp at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway in Nassau, Bahamas.
    You are invited to come and be blessed by Christian fellowship, revived by God’s word, uplifted by majestic music, and inspired by the praise reports from the Cayman Islands Conference, the North Bahamas Conference, the South Bahamas Conference, the Turks and Caicos Islands Conference, and Northern Caribbean University.
    Don’t miss this opportunity to lift your heart, hands, and voice in praise to the Almighty God for the great things He has done thus far in the Atlantic Caribbean Union! See you there!

    ATCU Health Ministries Department Holds First Health Summit

    ATCU Health Ministries Department Holds First Health Summit
    By ATCU Communication Department


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    For the most part, meaningful discussions on mental health are seldom held and often avoided largely because of the misconceptions surrounding the topic. Given the importance of mental health to the overall wellness of an individual, the Health Ministries Department of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (ATCU), led by Annie K. Price, felt the need to focus on mental wellness and, therefore, conducted its first Mental Health Summit during April 1-3, 2019, at the union headquarters in Nassau, The Bahamas.

    Dr. Carlos Fayard, associate professor of Psychiatry at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, addressed the role of church members and the clergy in providing support for those suffering from mental health issues. Dr. Fayard presented research data showing that a significant percentage of those who may be suffering from some form of mental health issue reach out to their pastor. This is noteworthy because it shows that the church plays a vital part in addressing mental health in communities. “They come to clergy because in many cases this is who they trust,” explained Dr. Fayard.

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    Dr. Sean Knowles, a physician in the Department of Psychiatry at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre in The Bahamas, brought awareness to addiction. He shared information on its causes and ways to address it and stressed the need for support for those suffering from addiction.

    “Addiction to gambling is something that has become very prevalent in our region,” said Dr. Knowles. “And what is most interesting about gambling addiction is that the addict almost never shows physical signs of addiction.” Dr. Knowles explained that one of the most important aspects of treating addiction is that the addict must recognize that he/she has a problem. He further pointed out that it is very difficult to reach out to someone suffering from addiction if he/she does not want to admit that he/she has a problem. “I often tell people that addiction is prison where the locks are on the inside,” Dr. Knowles stated.

    Dr. Stacey King, clinical psychologist in the Bahamas, and Dr. Carolina Osorio, psychiatrist with specialty in geriatric psychiatry, addressed the complexities of suicide prevention. Dr. King emphasized that many persons have had interactions with persons with suicidal tendencies and did nothing to help because they were ignorant of the signs. She, therefore, identified some of the signs presented by suicidal persons and explained what to do should one suspect that a person is contemplating suicide.

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    Dr. Osorio described how to relate to those who may have experienced mind-altering situations such as abuse and trauma and how to best assist them in getting the help that they need. Giving practical scenarios for the participants to analyze, Osorio shared treatment options that included things as simple as breathing to referral to a specialist. She also helped the attendees to identify agencies and facilities that can help persons with various mental health issues.

    Belkis Archbold, health ministries director of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD), emphasized the importance of following the Biblical laws of health in order to maintain good mental health. Good nutrition, exercise, drinking water, getting sunshine, having enough rest, and trusting in God are some of the laws of health promoted through the health initiative, “I Want to Live Healthy,” spearheaded by the Health Ministries Department of the IAD.

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    Archbold expressed excitement over the success of the summit, including the fact that the Pan American Health Organization’s Health Systems and Services advisor, Dr. Gustavo Mery, participated and presented in training sessions. “I am leaving with the hope that everything that we learnt in these few days will be used for the betterment of the church and the communities,” said Archbold.

    The summit was attended by Health Ministries leaders and pastors from the Cayman Islands Conference, the North Bahamas Conference, the South Bahamas Conference, and the Turks and Caicos Islands Conference both physically at union headquarters and via live online video conferencing.

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    Participants expressed great appreciation to Annie K. Price, ATCU Health Ministries director, and her team for planning the event. “I believe that God orchestrated that the summit would be at this specific time to prepare us to help persons in our church and community,” stated Pastor Edward St. Fleur from the South Bahamas Conference.

    Annie K. Price and the conference Health Ministries directors will continue to collaborate to provide support and training for their respective conferences as they seek to help persons with mental health issues.

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    Lord Transform Me 2019 ATCU Update

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    The officers, directors, pastors, and members of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (ATCU) rejoice and celebrate with the more than 600 souls that committed their lives to Jesus Christ in baptism during the Lord Transform Me Campaigns held in The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands during January and February of 2019.
    Pastor Peter Kerr, president of ATCU, expressed excitement and was enthused to see the leaders and members throughout the union mobilized and energized to win souls for the Kingdom of Christ. “I am happy to see that there are many churches who did not end their campaigns on February 9 but are continuing to spread the gospel of Christ in local church campaigns,” said Pastor Kerr. 
    As of February 17, 2019, the number of persons baptized has exceeded 650, a final tally will be given at the end of the first quarter of 2019.  “I know that the vision of Total Member Involvement (TMI) has caught on throughout ATCU as I am seeing pastors and lay persons refusing to pause their evangelistic efforts because they know and believe that Jesus is soon to come,” Pastor Kerr declared.
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    Granddaughter of First Seventh-day Adventist in The Bahamas Celebrates 100th Birthday

    Granddaughter of First Seventh-day Adventist in The Bahamas Celebrates 100th Birthday
    By ATCU Communication Department

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    Born when one of the modes of transportation in The Bahamas was the horse and carriage, Elizabeth Moses, affectionately known as “Betty,” is the grandchild of the first Seventh-day Adventist in The Bahamas. Thanks to Adventist literature evangelists who visited the Bahamas, William Charles Antonio, a shoemaker and the paternal grandfather of Betty, accepted the Advent message. Reading books like The Desire of Ages and Bible Readings for the Home written by Ellen G. White prompted Charles and his wife to engage in further Bible study. These studies resulted in Charles, his wife, and their four children keeping the Bible Sabbath and hosting the first Branch Sabbath School in The Bahamas.
    Elizabeth’s father, William Wilshere Antonio, was the youngest of the four children. He was baptized in 1912 and became a member of the Shirley Street Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nassau, The Bahamas. Wilshire married Olive Fountain in 1915, and they had three children. Elizabeth’s brother, Philip Glen Antonio, will be 97 years old on February 11, 2019, and Elizabeth celebrated her 100
    th birthday on January 6, 2019. Elizabeth’s other sibling, Tessie Mae, is deceased.
    Elizabeth remembers being taken by horse and carriage, along with her grandmother, parents, and siblings, to Sabbath School on Sabbath mornings in the early 1900s. “I never got the privilege of knowing my paternal grandfather, but I did know my paternal grandmother, the matriarch of Adventism in The Bahamas, Mary Griffin-Antonio” explained Elizabeth
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    There in the basement of the small church on Shirley Street, Adventist education in the Bahamas continued to grow. At that time, Adventist education only went as far as the 8th grade. Betty vividly remembers marching to the sound of “Pomp and Circumstance.” “The music was played by one of our older members, and her name was Vera Henfield, on an organ that had to be pumped,” said Betty as she used her hands to demonstrate the pumping action that had to be done to the organ.
    “Being a Sabbath keeper at that time was extremely difficult as employers required you to work a six-day week,” said Betty. “I therefore became an entrepreneur, making homemade candy and selling them to business places at the time.” Eventually, the Bahamian Government amended the laws to make the business week a five-day one as opposed to a six-day week. Consequently, Betty was then able to seek employment. She worked in the insurance business and as receptionist at the office of the Bahamas Mission of Seventh-day Adventists and the Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists from which she retired in 2008.
    Betty still attends church almost every Sabbath with her only son, Ian, at the Johnson Park Seventh-day Adventist Church on Farrington Road in Nassau, The Bahamas.
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    th birthday with her at the Johnson Park Church on Sabbath, January 5, 2019, were the executive secretary of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, Dr. Leonard Johnson; the president of Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Peter Kerr; the executive secretary of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Leonardo Rahming; and the Governor General of The Bahamas, Dame Marguerite Pindling.
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