21. January, 2017News, Video Comments Off on Convention Report: Recap of 2016
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The theme for the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission in 2016 was “Lord Transform me for Your Glory. With the theme in mind the administration, pastors and churches in the Mission embraced wholeheartedly the life changing initiative from our Inter-American Division, namely, “Lord Transform Me”. The following is a synopsis of the major events that transpired in our Mission during 2016, undergirded by both the prayer plan P.U.S.H “Pray Until Something Happens” of our Atlantic Caribbean Union and the Holy Spirit prayer empowering ministry within our Mission.

The Mission held its first quinquennial session on January 31, 2016 in which departmental leaders of the mission were elected. On the evening of the same date the officers of the Mission, Pastor Michael A. Smith- President, Pastor Steve Cornwall- Executive Secretary and Sister Simone Gilkes- Treasurer, who were elected during the Atlantic Caribbean Union Session, along with the TCIM departmental directors and the Executive Committee were installed.

Evangelism

In the area of evangelism we are proud to report that all of our pastors have been engaged in evangelistic campaigns during the year. However, special note must be made of crusade speaker, Evangelist Wilton Girard from Haiti, who along with the district Pastor Steve Cornwall and their team, conducted a tent crusade with the Bethany and Five Cays Churches in the community of Kew Town, Providenciales resulting in 82 persons being baptized into the kingdom of God. We give God thanks that 202 precious souls have been baptized in 2016. This is 117% of the goal given to us by ATCU.

Education

The Maranatha Academy continued its 15th year anniversary celebrations for the school year 2015 – 2016 with a homecoming weekend on February 19th and 20th, 2016 where an appreciation service was held on the Friday night for the teachers of Maranatha Academy, a church service on Sabbath featuring past students of the school, and a banquet on Saturday evening where 15 alumni of Maranatha Academy were featured and awarded for their contributions to the Turks and Caicos Islands over the years.

In March, Maranatha placed first in the science project category at the seventh annual Fortis TCI science fair and the participating students and two teachers received a free trip sponsored by Fortis Electrical Company to the the Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. Then, the school placed second in the Inaugural Turks and Caicos Islands National Museum History and Cultural Heritage Quiz Competition. Also in May, the institution placed first and second in the Provo Water Company poster competition.

In June, the institution graduated 29 students. Its valedictorian, Renard Brown, was also one of the top performing CSEC student with a total of 13 passes.

The institution continues to share the gospel of Jesus with its students and 6 students were baptized in 2016 to the glory of God.

Youth

The youth of our mission were very active during the annual Global Youth day. They participated in clothing, food and literature distribution and other events that met the physical needs of members in the community.

The churches held their annual youth week of prayer, and the churches in Grand Turk held a one week youth evangelistic campaign.

The department hosted its annual summer camp in North Caicos and this year addressed issues that affect late teens and young adults. On World Pathfinder Day, there were two marches held, one in Providenciales and the other in Grand Turk. The Hon. Akierra Missick, the former minister of youth of the Turks and Caicos Islands was present and addressed our young people.

The TCI Mission is proud of Mr. Adrian Reader, our contestant, who represented us at the Union’s Bible Boom and came away the victorious champion and who also represented the Union at the IAD competition in the Dominican Republic.

Health

The Health Department has been busy educating members about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Health Fairs were held in North Caicos, Grand Turk and Providenciales. Information on health was distributed and members of the community got a chance to check their vitals, get a massage and in many cases see our doctors free of cost.

ADRA and Community Service

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency in the Mission has continued to train its volunteers and partnered with the government in relief projects.

ADRA and Community Services have come to the aid of several families whose homes have been destroyed by fire in Providenciales. Donations were to help alleviate the loss and anxiety of persons who were affected.

Our Agency has also helped our neighbors in the Bahamas and Haiti who were severely devastated by Hurricane Matthew. In November, a team which included the President, executive Secretary, our ADRA Director and TCIM ADRA volunteers embarked upon a humanitarian trip to further assist those in Haiti who were affected by the Hurricane.

Our churches continue to do their part in touching the lives of individuals in their community. The churches have been engaged in street cleaning exercises and a unique community outreach called ‘Bless your Business’ in which the members go as a group and purchase items from a business in the community and pray with its owner and other community activities.

Sabbath School

In the months of October and November over 150 persons were honoured with plaques and accolades at three special Sabbath School Superintendents & Teachers Awards Services throughout our mission. This was done to highlight and appreciate the selfless work of the persons in this the heart of the church.

Hymn Praise Festival

The Music Ministry department of our Mission conducted a resounding heritage hymn praise festival during our heritage month with special guest artists from Nassau, Bahamas. There was an emphasis on highlighting and celebrating the rich musical heritage of our faith.

Pulpit Exchanges

Time does not allow me to expand on our Lay Pulpit as well as Religious Liberty Pulpit exchange Sabbaths where the word of God was preached by our lay and professional members. What a great blessing was experienced.

Stewardship and Finance

We are thankful to God for His copious blessings and the financial faithfulness of our members along with the positive economic improvements in the Turks and Caicos Islands that has resulted in a 18.89% increase in tithe comparatively at the end of 2016. We are also happy to report that at the end our 2016 the unaudited figures tentatively indicate Working Capital at 153% and our Liquidity at 118%. Our Mission, nevertheless, has passed the 100% mark and there must be no turning back. We say to God be the glory great things He has done and is doing. We are grateful to the Stewardship Department who has been consistent in the promotion of faithfulness among our members. We were also grateful to have had Pastor Eric D. Clarke, ATCU Stewardship Director, with us in November who encouraged the membership during our Stewardship emphasis week.

Conclusion

Pastor Michael A. Smith, Mission President, wishes to thank Almighty God, his fellow officers, Pastor Steve Cornwall, Executive Secretary and Sis. Simone Gilkes, Treasurer, all the Departmental Directors, Pastors, Office Staff, School Administrators, teachers and staff for their tireless service and dedication as well as the commitment of the entire membership who continue to remain faithful and focused to the mission of Christ and His church.

Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus as we seek to be ‘Transformed for His Service’ in 2017.

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