ASI Missionaries Fired Up after Mission Trip to Tobago
Written by: Phillip E. L. Castell, Director, Communication, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty | Friday, September 21, 2018
Almost 4 weeks after their return from a successful Mission Trip to Tobago, the ASI Missionaries from Jamaica are fired up from their exploits in the small Eastern Caribbean island of Tobago, where 61 persons were baptized.
The team of forty plus missionaries who left the island during the period July 25 – August 21, 2018, along with other members of the ASI Missionary Team headed by Claudette Genas, gathered at the Constant Spring SDA Church on September 15, 2018 to formally thank God for their success and to share their experiences with the church.
The team of missionaries who were mainly young people were bubbling over with joy and words of affirmation for what they experienced on the mission field in Tobago this year.
Family, Women, Children and Adolescents Ministry Director in, Elder Claudette Genas who was the chief coordinator for the mission trip, expressed satisfaction with their accomplishment this year.
“Mission 2018 was a rewarding experience. The reality is that it was much more work than I had imagined. All the missionaries had to be out like foot soldiers on the streets each day. They were knocking on doors, doing Bible study, engaged in open air sessions and assisted in nailing down decisions for the Lord,” said Genas.
“In the days they were kept busy doing construction work and painting and other manual work but they had to get back home by 4 p.m. to get ready for their nightly assignments at the meetings. They would normally return home to give their nightly reports and testimonies of God's hands before retiring after 11:00 pm,” she added.
Genas shared some wonderful news with the church when she disclosed that a Pentecostal pastor and his wife along with a number of his church members have decided to become members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a result of the efforts of the ASI missionaries two years ago in Surinam.
“In 2016 during the second week when the Sabbath Service was being conducted at a Pentecostal church by Brandon Daley, something happened during his delivery and the wife of the Pentecostal pastor was touched and moved to the back of the church,” Genas said. Daley was disrupted during his presentation and not allowed to continue his sermon that day but the seed was sown and the Holy Spirt did the rest.
“On September 29, 2018, that church will be turned over to the Adventists including the bishop, his wife and most of the congregants,” added Genas. She encouraged the church to keep the people of Surinam in our prayers as Pastor Blackman and his team work with them to make this a reality.
Brandon Daley said church at Mission brings out the best in young people and highly recommended the experience for others.
“Church really and truly was an amazing experience. Even those who you wouldn’t expect to see on the pulpit you would see them on the pulpit at Mission. Those you wouldn’t expect to preach, you would hear them preaching at Mission and those you wouldn’t expect to see doing sign language and puppetry, you would see them on the platform doing sign language and puppetry, so Mission really and truly does bring out the best out of those that you would never see the best out of”, said Dailey.
ASI Missionary Mikayla Lewis spoke with passion and a twinkle in her eyes as she related w Lewis, said “I thank God for mission as I was truly blessed.”
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