Adventist World Church Secretaries Pay Visit To Jamaica
Written by: Phillip E. L. Castell | Friday, June 16, 2017
History was created in East Jamaica Conference over the period June 8 – 11, 2017 when for the first time, Division Secretaries from eleven of the fourteen Divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church arrived on a three day visit to the island. Leading the delegation was Executive Secretary of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, Pastor G.T. Ng.
On Friday, June 9, 2017, the delegation of thirty was taken on a quick tour to the Jamaica Union Conference (JAMU) Headquarters in Mandeville and the Northern Caribbean University Mandeville Campus, which is almost next door.
The team then visited the Good Samaritan Inn (GSI) located at Geffrard Place, Heroes Circle in Kingston, and was given a tour of the facilities by GSI Manager, Elder Vermont Murray and Board members of the GSI.
Chairman of the GSI Board and President of the East Jamaica Conference of SDA, Dr. Eric Nathan, along with other members of the GSI Board were on hand to answer questions raised by the visiting team. The group was shown a six minutes video which gave a brief history of the Inn and the impact it has made since its inception in 2007.
After their departure from the Good Samaritan Inn, the group headed to the Andrews Memorial Hospital for their final tour for the day.
Executive Secretary of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, Pastor G.T. Ng. commended the leadership of the SDA Church in Jamaica for the Good Samaritan Inn model and suggested that it would be a good thing if the Seventh-day Adventist Church in other parts of the world could adopt the model which has helped to provide care and relieve suffering to thousands in Jamaica since its inception.
Executive Secretary of JAMU, Dr. Meric Walker, expressed thanks to the representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church for making the trip to the Inn and for the generous gift to the GSI in 2015 from the last quarter thirteen Sabbath Offering in December 2014.
“Thank you to those of you who have made it from around the world. Not just thank you because of your coming but because you made this a reality in giving your offering many years ago so that you can behold with your own eyes today what the Lord hath done through you,” Walker said.
On Sabbath June 10,2017, twenty two of the visiting Secretaries where dispersed to preach in different churches within East and Central Jamaica Conference.
Pastor GT Ng was assigned to speak at the Andrews Memorial churches where he spoke to the church on the topic “The Next World Superpower.”
In the afternoon of June 10, 2017, the presidents and field leaders of all five Conferences of JAMU and the leaders of Andrews Memorial Hospital along with the president of Northern Caribbean University (NCU), met for a symposium at the Hagley Park SDA Church in Kingston.
Each field presented a five minute video report which shared different aspects of the work taking place in that entity.
In East Jamaica Conference, the video presentation focused on the work of the Good Samaritan Inn, which currently feeds more than 900 persons per week.
JAMU president, Pastor Everett Brown thanked the world church publicly for their generosity to the GSI project noting that the church in Jamaica was the beneficiary of a portion of the Sabbath School Offering from the last quarter of the 2014 thirteenth Sabbath Offering.
“Let me use this opportunity to express to the World Church our profound thanks and gratitude for the generosity of our brothers and sisters across the world,” said Pastor Brown prior to the showing of the Good Samaritan Inn video to the Church.
The top pastor of the SDA Church in Jamaica disclosed that the GSI Project was still not finished as there was a second phase to the project which needed to be completed with the funds that was received.
Brown ended his speech with the words “Thank You” then added “May the Lord continue to bless the Seventh-day Adventist Church.”