July 29th, 2019 -- The Mount Carmel Pentecostal Church (MCPC) serves many from the SKN community in NY. Its leader, Pastor Judith Esdaile, as well as her husband, Elder Moulton Esdaile, are fixtures amongst the Caribbean diaspora. They are everywhere – they make themselves present and relevant. They serve as tireless leaders. They exemplify the term “servant leaders”! It is this distinction that warrants this nomination and recognition.
Upon reflection, we see that the Sandy Point Benevolent Society (SPBS) has been admiring the Pastor and congregation of the MCPC for many years as Pastor Judith Esdaille was honored at our inaugural annual Banquet back in 2011. So, no surprise as we bring groups together under our theme “Working Together for Brighter Future”, that MCPC is among the class to be recognized.
Mount Carmel Pentecostal Church, Inc., was born in obedience to God with a mandate of service. This year 2019 marks our 35th year of existence.
Their mission statement is: To be a church community that functions as the body of Christ. Each member of the body committed to the other, with the ultimate purpose being to minister to the “whole man”. We invite and encourage the hopeless, downtrodden, oppressed and all souls to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. “Each One Win One”
The pastor, Judith Esdaille opines, life is cyclical. Babies are born and offered to the Lord; marriages are performed; seminars, symposiums, concerts, prayer breakfasts and banquets are held. We take time out for comedy, picnic and fun. There are sessions of prayer, praise, worship, Bible studies, etc., all to be of service to our community and edify the “corporate” body of Christ. Most importantly, however, we are able by the help of the Lord to do exactly what is commanded in Mark 16:15 (NIV), He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation,” in doing this we offer a service to the community. We feed the hungry, visit the sick, there is missionary outreach, we provide school supplies, we are also a part of the angel tree community which provides gifts to children of prison inmates. We extend our ministry not just outside of the church walls, but outside of the USA. We have provided bed linens for an old age home, clothing and support to other countries and was even blessed to provide financing to dig a well for clean water in Africa.
As noted in the 2018 Diaspora Conference Article, (adaptation), along with my husband Elder Moulton Esdaille Pastoring Mount Carmel Pentecostal Church (MCPC), we have borne the torch of Service, Leadership and Community Building, set alight by my late father, Pioneer of MCPC, Bishop Joseph Anthony Manning and my mother Missionary Cynthia Manning, the first lady of MCPC.
We continue to encourage and engage all, including our youths to be of service to their community. A few of our youths had the distinct honor in July to travel to South Africa on a mission trip.
SPBS has worshipped with MCPC and has seen firsthand the great work they do for Kittitians, Nevisions and other Caribbean nationals here in the diaspora and we were delighted that this congregation has accepted the Distinguished Community Service Award.
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