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The Turks and Caicos Islands Mission of Seventh-day Adventists celebrated Convention 2014 in grand style on the weekend of January 24–25 under the theme ‘The Year of the Lord’s Favour- Blessed to Bless’.

Officials from the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), President Dr. Leonard Johnson, Executive Secretary, Pastor Peter Kerr along with Executive Treasurer, Elder Roderick Sands joined the President, workers and members of the TCI Mission in giving thanks to the Almighty God for His leading during the past year and in seeking His blessings upon their plans for the future.

Guest Speaker for the power packed weekend was Pastor Paul A. Scavella, President of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He was joined by his lovely wife Joan, on this their first visit to the shores of the Beautiful by Nature, Turks and Caicos Islands.

Pastor Paul A. Scavella- South Bahamas Conference

“Pastor Scavella Delivering the Message on Friday Night at Convention 2014”

The weekend’s activities commenced at the Blue Hills Seventh-day Adventist church with a Friday evening worship service which set the tone for the main Sabbath celebration which was held at the Tropicana Auditorium on the Lower Bight in Providenciales. Members from every island in the archipelago converged on Providenciales, packing the auditorium to capacity in a spirit of immense Praise and worship.

Dignitaries in attendance included the Hon. Premier, Dr. Rufus Ewing and first lady Dr. Dawn Perry, and the Minister of Health, the Hon. Portia Stubbs –Smith.

Dr. Leonard Johnson Greeting the Hon. Premier, Dr. Rufus Ewing

“Dr. Leonard Johnson (Left) Greeting the Hon. Premier, Dr. Rufus Ewing (Right)”

President of the TCI Mission of SDA, Pastor Michael A. Smith in his convention report highlighted some of the plans for the upcoming year which include the launch of an internet Radio Programme which is to transition to a frequency radio station in the final quarter of this year. He also highlighted plans geared towards moving the Mission to a conference status by mid-2015 which includes the building of the churches own headquarters and also the accreditation of the Mission’s secondary school institution, Maranatha Academy.

In reflecting on the year 2013, officials from ATCU acknowledged the work of lay persons in Evangelism, with special mention made of Osias Joseph who was named Lay Evangelist of the year throughout the entire ATCU which comprises of the fields within the Bahama Islands, the Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Recognition was also paid to two of the long standing pioneers of the Adventist work within this Mission, the stalwarts, Hilly and Jane Ewing who have stood for Christ and carried the torch of Adventism in the TCI for well over 50 years.

"A Section of the Audience at Convention 2014 Sabbath Morning Service."

“A Section of the Audience at Convention 2014 Sabbath Morning Service.”

In his message to the spirited gathering of believers, Pastor Scavella urged the church to make a difference in their communities. “It cannot be business as usual” he admonished, “TCI must feel the heart throb of the church. The church must be the catalyst in the community”.

In referring to the theme for the year he pointed out that as a church we are favoured by God but He favours us so we can be ‘Blessed to Bless’. He encouraged the believers to prepare themselves for that great meeting in the air and to remain faithful stewards of the Lord.

Convention celebrations will continue on all the major islands this year. Mission administrators and departmental leaders will head out to the family islands to join the saints on each island in a spirit of similar praise and thanksgiving. The schedule of those visits is as follows:

January 31 – February 2 – Grand Turk

February 8 – North Caicos

February 15 – South Caicos

 By: Ava-Dayne Fulford

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