BASSETERRE St. Kitts, November 28th 2011 - A Lay Evangelism Rally took place at the grounds of the Seventh-day Adventist Primary School, on November 25th- 26th, 2011. Under the theme, “Adventists on the Move” over five hundred (500) Seventh-day Adventists and visitors attended the rally sponsored by the Lay Preacher’s Council. President of the Council, Elder Myron Percival along with the other members on the council, tirelessly worked to make the event a success. This program received the blessings and full support from Island Coordinator and pastor of District #1, Pastor Sherwin A.E White and pastor of District #2, Pastor Kay White.
The event was focused on highlighting the individual work of the different Seventh-day Adventist congregations around the island over the past two years. The event commenced on Friday, 25th November, 2011 with a Consecration Service. Pastor Kay White encouraged the attendees to allow God to empower them to go out in the dark society and become channels of light for Him.
On Sabbath, 26th November, 2011, dynamic presentations were made by all S.D.A churches. The pulsating presentations showcased the different ministries and initiatives each congregation coordinated and executed.
These initiatives included radio programs, Food Hamper, Community Service Outreach programs which included the repainting of a Hospital and Youth related programs. Presentations were made by the Faith in Emmanuel, Cayon, Basseterre, Sandy Point, Mount Moriah, Phillips-Molineux, Old Road, and Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Churches. The presentations were all diverse from each other in form and style; there were The Olympics Games, The Gospel Farmers, The Hospital, The Gospel Train and The New Cast. All were amazed at the unique way in which these presentations captured the essence of the theme.
Each moment of the morning’s proceedings took members to a higher plain, leaving all in attendance spellbound and with eager anticipation for the afternoon’s program. Assuredly, the afternoon’s program lived up to the expectations of the saints. Accompanied by the District Two and Basseterre Drum Corps, the churches as a militant army ready for battle, energetically marched throughout the streets of Basseterre proclaiming the good news of Jesus in chorus’ and hymns and chanting slogans that would effect a positive lifestyle change.
Like a disturbed ant nest, scores of individuals, appeared out of homes, supermarkets and business places to spectate the march of witness where over 1, 200 tracts were distributed. Many appeared mesmerized to see individuals of all ages participating in such a positive event. The march of witness culminated at Port Zante in a lively, Spirit-filled open-air service. A rousing song service caused many to stop their vehicles and join in the praise. The special music lifted all heavenward; the testimonies encouraged those who have not tried Jesus to invite Him into their lives and Elder Myron Percival placed the ‘icing on the cake’ with a dynamic sermonette.
“It is good to see religious groups standing up for God. The message of hope needs to be told over and over again and I enjoyed the service,” stated one spectator.
“While many may say that the society is going down into the abyss, I believe that once we do what God has mandated us to do we could effect positive change in our communities. Guns will not change the society, the only thing that can change the society is Jesus and this is what we want to present,” said Pastor Sherwin A.E. White.
When asked about the upcoming activities from the Seventh-day Adventist Church on the island Pastor White stated, “The community can look for more Adventist visibility. We are going to be in every street corner, and in every community. We are going to be doing health programs, social programs and spiritual programs. The community will hear more about our school, our Dental Clinic, our Health and Book Centre --- we are going to take St. Kitts for Jesus.”
The spiritually high weekend ended with a successful Fun Day on Sunday, 27th November. Over two hundred (200) Adventists gathered at Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park to have fun and interact with members from around the island in a more relaxed environment.
The next Lay Evangelism Rally will occur in 2013.
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