Adventist Youth Visit Communities to “Be a Sermon”

By: John Garcia, ATCU

Tradition was broken in Seventh-day Adventist churches around New Providence, in the South Bahamas Conference on Sabbath, March 16, 2013, as young people left the confines of the church compound to walk about their communities “being the sermon” instead of preaching one.
Youth were visible on the streets of New Providence dressed in t-shirts or golf shirts imprinted with the words “Be The Sermon.”

Pastor Andrew Burrows, youth director of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), accompanied by Pastor Kent Price, youth director of the South Bahamas Conference, and a number of young persons from various churches singled out two police stations in New Providence to personally thank the officers for their selfless sacrifice in keeping the Bahamas safe.

The delegation of church leaders and youth offered prayers, hot plates of food, juice, and a few loaves of wholesome bread to the officers. Assistant Commissioner of Police Leon Bethel, representing the commissioner of police, was present at both presentations, expressing profound appreciation for the act of kindness and moral support.

“These are the types of stories that need to be published in the press,” commented Assistant Commissioner Bethel. “We are accountable to you, but at the same time, we need your support, and this is just one example of the type of support we need from the community.”

The police officers were very grateful for the initiative of the Adventist church, and Superintendent Theophilus Cunningham of the Northeastern Division, on behalf of the Commissioner and the entire Royal Bahamas Police Force, pledged to continue to put their best effort forward in combating crime in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.


global youth day- A.Y. leader from GT being welcomed by officers of the sotuhtern Police station
Adventist Youth leader from the Grants Town SDA Church in the South Bahamas Conference
being welcomed by officers of the Southern Police Station, in Nassau, Bahamas as the youth prepare to feed the
officers and pray with them on Global Youth Day. Photo by John Garcia, ATCU


global youth day- adventist youth from MOH distributing magazines to a resident in the community
Adventist youth from the Message of Hope SDA Church in the South Bahamas Conference distributing
magazines to a resident in the nearby community on Global Youth Day. Photo by John Garcia, ATCU


global youth day- pastor kent price presneting Asst. Comissioner with bread
Pastor Kent Price, Youth Director of the South Bahamas Conference presenting Assistant Commissioner of Police,
Leon Bethel with a loaf of bread on behalf of the youth of the Bahamas on Global Youth Day. Photo by John Garcia, ATCU


global youth day- pastors Burrows, Price, Youth, Police, poise for a picture
Pastor Andrew Burrows, Youth Director of Atlantic Caribbean Union, Pastor Kent Price, Youth Director of the South Bahamas
Conference along with other Adventist youth and leaders pose with Police Officers at Southern Police Station, in Nassau,
Bahamas after feeding and praying with them on Global Youth Day. Photo by John Garcia, ATCU