February 5, 2016
A Beautiful New Church Anticipated on St. Maarten
From the Superintendent's DESK
The DeBusks arrived on Tuesday in Saint Maarten where we have three churches. They were greeted by the Eastern Caribbean District Superintendent, Michael Anthony, and his wife, Monica, along with the Haiti District Superintendent, Rolland Deler.
The next evening, they attended our Sucker Garden church on the Dutch side of the island. The pastor is Fecu Commandant, who recently succeeded Brother Rolland in that capacity.
Sister Lisa wrote that the service was filled with inspiring music, beginning with the congregation enthusiastically singing “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder.” The youth choir contributed “Power of Your Love” and “Father of Creation,” and the adult choir sang “Peace, Be Still” and “On the Judgement Day.” She said both choirs did a beautiful job.
Our visiting team was represented in the testimonies and sermon. Also, Brother Rolland gave a history of the Sucker Garden location, which was established in 1991. The review was a look back while the congregation is anticipating moving. Currently a new church is under construction on Bishop Hill Road, also on the Dutch side of the island.
Earlier in the day, the DeBusks had the opportunity to visit the new church site. They said the new building is two stories high and has nearly seven thousand square feet. The main floor houses a sanctuary that seats five hundred, an office, and restrooms. The upper level includes an activity room, small apartment, and additional restrooms. They said the saints are really looking forward to this beautiful new church.
The meeting ended with a good time of prayer, and Sister Lisa said, “We felt so blessed to have been a part of it.”
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