August 1, 2017
Victories Won at Eastern Caribbean Camp Meeting
From the Superintendent's DESK
The 2017 Eastern Caribbean camp meeting was held July 16-21 in Smith Bay, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, using the theme of “Growing in Grace.” A report from the camp meeting stated that “all who attended enjoyed a time of spiritual refreshing.” Further details included the following:
As the first service began, the choir sang “Grace that Is Greater,” and then an uplifting song service followed. During the announcements, greetings were conveyed from several who could not be in attendance.
Those who were in attendance came from near and far. Seventy-six delegates had joined the St. Thomas and St. John brethren from Haiti, the Southern and Eastern United States, and Eastern Caribbean branches in Anguilla, Barbados and Trinidad, St. Maarten, and Tortola.
Before the sermon, the choir sang “If Not for Your Grace” and then Michael Anthony, the Eastern Caribbean District Superintendent, took his text from Ephesians 4:13 and spoke about unity. A fellowship luncheon was served afterward, and as old friendships were renewed, new ones were forged.
After lunch, the young adults conducted a service in which many victorious testimonies were heard. The sermon was delivered by Shanon Lawrence, pastor of Road Town, Tortola, on the importance of obedience, with Romans 5:19 and 2 Corinthians 5:14 as the text.
In the evening, Krisvin Fraites led the song service. The testimonies included one from a young lady who was recently sanctified while attending her first Portland camp meeting. Eli Segres, the pastor from Aiken, South Carolina, delivered the sermon on “Speak Life and Live.” Taking his text from Proverbs 18:21 and Matthew 12:36-37, he spoke about three different types of death and how to obtain life through Christ. With prayer meetings following all of the services, Sunday was a wonderful start to the camp meeting.
Prayer sessions were held each morning at 6:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and during the first one, as the Holy Spirit moved powerfully, one young man received his sanctification.
Monday’s activities also included a ministers’ meeting, a teaching by Luella Stuart of Brooklyn, New York, on fasting, and a presentation by Padecia Penn of St. Thomas on the management of diabetes.
A service was held in the evening with congregational singing led by Nidia Turnbull of St. John. During the pre-sermon special, as Wilburn Thomas was singing “Come Ye Disconsolate,” the Holy Spirit ignited many hearts and everyone went immediately to prayer, which continued for over two hours.
The Tuesday morning teaching by Brother Eli was on marriage, emphasizing communication within the relationship. In the afternoon, Brother Shanon gave an instructional session on the proper handling of finances. He covered the areas of personal, professional, and spiritual money-management.
On Tuesday evening, many testified to victories gained during the Monday evening altar service. The message was presented by Rolland Deler, Haiti District Superintendent, who took his text from Luke 5:36-37 and spoke on “The Christian Ability to Stretch.”
The Wednesday morning teaching by Brother Michael was titled “Leadership in the 21st Century.” He emphasized that the basic challenges to spreading the Gospel have remained the same throughout history. Though the delivery methods have changed, God and peoples’ personalities have not.
In the afternoon, a media presentation was held, and in the evening, Edsil Parris, pastor in Barbados, spoke on “The Problem Church” from 1 Corinthians 3.
A youth day was held on Thursday with activities ranging from a game called “Jericho/Jerusalem” to a memory verse challenge. There was also a session on Christian dating, which generated much discussion.
The youth conducted the evening service, led by Azaria Charles of Brooklyn, New York. The message, on being ready, was given by Leman Johnson of Anguilla. He took his text from 2 Kings 20:1 and focused on the importance of the Holy Spirit in our preparation.
For the final service, a concert was held on Friday evening with selections provided by each congregation represented at the camp meeting. In addition, there was an encore presentation by the bell choir of St. Thomas, made up of Sunday school students from the Primary Department.
Among the many testimonies this week of victories won, healings received, and prayers answered, two received salvation! We thank the Lord for a successful camp meeting.
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