Bahamian Youth Use Social Media to Evangelize
Communication Department, ATCU
It was an idea that emerged out of one of the Sabbath afternoon rap sessions that a group of young people usually had with their local church pastor. The discussion revolved around the use of cell phones in church and at school, and how to be smarter than the smart phones.
Alicia Dormeus, one of the regular nine participants, decided to include others in the talkback sessions by messengering on the popular social messenger platform "Whatsapp." Taking counsel from their pastor, Fritzgerald Francois, who advised them to include as many of their classmates and friends as possible, the group reached out to other young people of the social media generation. Eventually, a youth ministry club called “Let’s Get Smarter” was started.
Today, the young people of the Salem Seventh-day Adventist Church in Marsh Harbor, Abaco, The Bahamas use this youth ministry club to witness to approximately 75 members between the ages of 14 and 17 years.
Now utilizing other social media such as facebook, the young people discuss with their pastor a number of issues such as sexuality, identity formation, spiritual growth, and the beliefs of the church. Dormeus has a vision for the ministry.
"It is going so rapidly; we want to extend it to the entire Bahamas and the world. Why not?” she asks.
Because of the influence of this unique ministry, three young persons were baptized recently and are now members of the Seventh-day Adventist church.