Atlantic Caribbean Union

ATCU Elders Conduct Baptism

ATCU Elders Conduct Baptisms
Andrew Burrows, ATCU

On Sabbath, September 28, 2013, elders from throughout the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) participated in the special baptism ceremony by elders. This was one of the highlights of the Inter-American Division’s initiative for the “Year of the Laity.” In ATCU, a total of 34 persons were baptized by 17 elders. At the Centerville Seventh-day Adventist Church, where they concluded a month long emphasis called “Elders on Fire,” six persons were baptized by six elders in the church’s pool. Elder Todd Beneby, first elder of the church, and one of the elders conducting the baptism, commented that “it was truly a sobering experience”
At the Bethany Seventh-day Adventist church in Nassau, Bahamas, elder Harvey Braithwaite baptized three precious souls including his son Jonathan. “For me, it was a humbling experience to know that I was given such a privilege to baptize souls for the Kingdom of God.” Commenting on the baptism of his son, Elder Braithwaite added, “Never in my wildest dream did I think that I would be the one to baptize him. It was an exciting and a proud moment for me.”
Also in the South Bahamas Conference (SBC), Elders Marva Farquharson and Vernal Rolle of the Message of Hope and Real Harvest churches, respectively, met at the Montague Beach, in Nassau, Bahamas to baptize the persons with whom they studied. In May of this year, at the Inter-American Division’s (IAD) Mid-year Meetings in Miami, Florida, Elder Farquharson was recognized as ATCU’s Lay Evangelist of the Year. Elder Vernal Rolle also received an award for Evangelism during the graduation ceremony at the Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Jamaica. A total of 15 elders baptized 21 persons in the South Bahamas Conference.
Elder Arlene Sands, first elder of the Freeport Seventh-day Adventist Church in the North Bahamas Conference and also the Women’s Ministries director for the Conference, was blessed to baptize one precious soul for the Lord. Additionally, in April of this year, Elder Sands was the speaker at the lay crusade held at Freeport Seventh-day Adventist Church.
In the Cayman Islands Conference, a total of 12 baptisms were conducted by 7 elders. This included four persons who were baptized at the conclusion of a week of powerful messages proclaimed by the elders at the King’s Seventh-day Adventist Church, in George Town, Grand Cayman. One of the elders conducting the ceremony was Elder Joshua Lawrence, who is also a Bible worker for the Cayman Islands Conference.
Appropriately, two of the conferences in ATCU held their local Festival of the Laity on the same weekend. The laypersons of the North and South Bahamas conferences came together in their respective conference for a time of reflection, reports, celebration, and praise to God for what He has accomplished through them. These Festivals of the Laity throughout ATCU began September 6 and 7, when the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission (TCIM) held their event at various churches throughout the Mission. The final Festival of the Laity for ATCU will be held in the Cayman Islands Conference October 4 and 5, 2013. The laity of the Atlantic Caribbean Union, including the elders, is fully engaged in the work of spreading the gospel and sharing in the joy of souls being won to the kingdom.