6. June, 2017Featured, Notice, Special Comments Off on TCI Mission Mid-year Report 2017
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The Turks and Caicos Islands Mission of Seventh-day Adventists continues to be a shining light for the Master in our islands.  Here is a glimpse of some of the activities that have taken place in our mission in the first half of 2017.

Convention

The year began with our annual convention on the island of Providenciales under the theme, “Lord Transform Me for Your Service.” The officers from the union were present and union president, Dr. Leonard Johnson was the speaker for the weekend. We were blessed to have the Premier, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson and Hon. Charles Washington Misick, Leader of the Opposition bring greetings to our members.  That afternoon there was an investiture service in which 80 individuals were invested. Pastor Eric Clarke, Youth Director of ATCU gave the charge to the investees and the Honorable Josephine Connolly, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services brought greetings.

Immediately thereafter, the convention message of “Lord Transform Me for Your Service” was taken to the sister islands by the administrators and departmental directors of the Mission propelling the component of Transform and Live to our churches.

Ministerial

In February this year, we were visited by Pastor Jerry and Sister Janet Page, Ministerial and Associate Ministerial Directors, respectively of the General Conference. They were accompanied by our union president, Dr. Johnson. The Pages are responsible globally for pastors, elders, deacons and deaconesses. The constant theme of their powerful inspirational messages was the importance and power of prayer in the lives of spiritual leaders and members. The timely presentations were gratefully received by the packed congregations.

Evangelism

The fire of evangelism continues to burn in the hearts of our members. In March, the Blue Hills and Ephesus congregations held a tent evangelistic series with Evangelist Jeffrey Harriott as part of the IAD Proclaim and Reap campaign program.  This was followed in April by a campaign conducted in the Antioch Church in Grand Turk with Pastor Roy Lindsay. Then in May the Kew congregation in North Caicos held a campaign with Pastor Thomas Rose, and finally during this month of May there was a tent evangelistic crusade with the three French churches on Providenciales with Evangelist Carlos Reveil from Haiti. All of these crusades, as well as the week of prayer at Maranatha Academy, have resulted in major baptisms for the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, for the first five months of this year a total of 143 precious souls have been baptized to the glory of God, which is 75% of the goal given to us by ATCU.

We thank God for the way He is leading and we look forward to seeing many more persons baptized throughout the rest of the year from crusades, small groups, personal evangelism as we also continue to equip our members to be witnesses for the Master.

The Personal Ministries Department launched a Lay Workers Federation in Grand Turk in the first quarter and training was also held throughout the Mission focusing on the five components of Lord Transform Me initiative and continually ensuring that this is operational in each church.

Education

On April 24 the Maranatha Academy teachers attended a professional Development workshop at the Alexandria Resort in Providenciales. The presenter was Mrs. Nicole Cox, Behavioral Management Specialist with Learn and Lead Educational Center. The workshop was one in a series of workshops planned by the Mission Education Director for the teachers over the next 4 years to enrich the teaching experience at Maranatha Academy.

Health

The Health Ministries Department hosted its first quarter health fair along with the Kew Seventh-day Adventist Church in March on the island of North Caicos. Approximately 55 individuals benefited from the services that were offered free of charge. Participants were able to get their blood pressure and body mass index checked and they sampled healthy vegetarian food.

Youth Ministry

In the month of March the youth of our Mission participated in the annual Global Youth Day outreach under the theme ‘Be the Sermon.’ There were track distributions, hospital visitations, and blood donation, over 500 baskets of food and toiletries were given to needy persons in their community. The youth sang, prayed and read scriptures and served the elderly either at their homes or at the hospitals. There was a motorcade parade in Providenciales and a road march in Grand Turk.

In April this year a delegation of 45 individuals attended the Inter-American Division’s Pathfinder Camporee in the Dominican Republic. Several of our pathfinders won medals in the athletics competition and were invested in two classes. Also during this month our recently developed drum core group was given the opportunity to lead community families in Provo during the national march with organizers of “Autism Speaks”, which ended in an informative concert celebration of children with autism.

Public Affairs and Religious Liberty

The Mission celebrated Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Day in January with services in our churches in the morning and in the afternoon there was a joint gathering with special guest speaker, Nicholas Prew, the Education and Community Outreach Officer of the TCI Human Rights Commission. He informed members about their rights and also engaged in an open question & answer session.

Sabbath School

The Sabbath School Department continues to educate members in the path of righteousness. Mini-seminars were held to help those who work in the department. Also, several of our churches celebrated special needs awareness Sabbath, in which they sought to educate the members about special needs.

Women’s Ministries

The Women of our Mission engaged in forty days of prayer and fasting earlier in the year. Also, there were two prayer breakfasts for women. The first was organized by the Ephesus church with special guest speaker, Premier, the Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson. The second prayer breakfast for women was coordinated by the Blue Hills church featuring as guest speaker, Barrister Mrs. Doreen Quelch-Missick, MBE, the Change Manager for the TCI Government. Also, special guests included the female Members of Parliament for the TCI House of Assembly. An added dimension of this prayer breakfast was as a follow-up each female House member has been assigned a prayer partner from among the women of the church for regular prayer.

Stewardship and Treasury

The Stewardship and Treasury departments of the mission continues to educate members of our churches how to be a true steward. We give God thanks for His goodness and for the faithfulness of His members. There was a slight comparative dip in tithe of 1.91% at the end of April 2017 due to a windfall in April of 2016 and a modest increase in offering this year of 1.36% over the same period last year.

We are particularly thankful to Almighty God that our Working Capital is 181% to date and the Liquidity position is 125%.

Mission Office

Our architect has well-nigh completed the new Mission Office Headquarters blueprint plans which should be processed through the TCI Planning Department in June with the groundbreaking and construction projected to commence immediately thereafter. We thank the union for their financial support and donation towards our new office complex. And we are open to any financial contribution by friends and sister fields as we continue to strategically plan our status transition from Mission to Conference before the end of 2018.

Conclusion

Our Mission President, Pastor Michael A. Smith, extends sincere thanks to his fellow administrators, Executive Secretary, Pastor Steve Cornwall and Treasurer, Sis. Simone Gilkes for their dedication to the mission of the church. To our dedicated team of pastors, directors, workers and members who likewise are committed to Christ and the growth of our territory in TCIM. Let’s us all continue to let our lights shine for Jesus until He comes.

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