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The Adventist Teacher: A Minister In The Classroom

This article is written by Marcia Smith, English Teacher; Bahamas Academy of Seventh-day Adventists

Can you imagine a world without teachers, a world where learning has ceased and expanding knowledge is no longer available? What would the world be like if teachers ceased to exist? There would be no one to direct students to make the veracious decisions to be efficacious in today’s society. H.L Mencken says, ‘‘The best teacher is not the one who knows most, but the one who is most capable of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and wonderful.’’ Anyone can be a teacher, but the teacher who cares and takes time to diligently break down all that they know to give a clear window of understanding to the pupil is worth celebrating and honoring. At Bahamas Academy, our teachers are rare and possess exceptional qualities. They are God’s ambassadors in the classroom.

Teachers are said to be the backbone of society. They are the ones who steer the educational ship to academic success and influence social change. A teacher is more than grading papers and having an occasional, “happy teachers’ day salute.” They are the ones behind the various career choices.

“Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalks and challenges”, says Joyce Myers. It is indeed true that educators hold the pleasure of changing lives each day they step in the classroom. Teachers are God’s gift to the classroom and learning. The Adventist educator realizes that in each child, there is a soul for whom Christ died. The teacher has the awesome responsibility to help to mold the character of each student, to one that is pleasing to God. The educator also realizes that his/her calling is a service to God and that the fruits of his/her labor may not be seen until they get to heaven.

The Adventist educator recognizes the need to constantly sit at the feet of the Master teacher, and there he/she will find inspiration, strength and wisdom to follow His example. The Adventist teacher also believes, “True education means more than the perusal of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible

to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come” (Education pg. 13).

The Adventist educator realizes that his/her responsibility is to impart true wisdom to the pupil, which can only come through knowledge of God. The Adventist teacher points the child to Christ, whether in the Science Lab, Physical Education, Mathematics or even an English class; the objective is for the student to seek Christ and not mere academics.

The ability to put in time and get to know each student’s work is imperative to the role of being a teacher. Instructors should always form relationships with their students to make them feel comfortable and unproblematic. In establishing relationships with students, the teacher knows how to be effective and knows which technique will help that young, brilliant individual to understand the topic. This ability will help the child to be predisposed to putting more effort into his/her finished product because he/she senses the teacher’s understanding and care.

The teacher should approach every topic adequately not moving on until he/she has evidence of the pupil’s full understanding. The student should be given a clear insight of the field they are studying, its past, present and discussions on how new literacies impact learning. That is one of the ways to truly shed light on the course. This characteristic is necessary for the role of becoming a teacher after God’s own heart.

Teachers should help to build confidence and surety in the student. Without confidence in the subject area, the child feels inadequate or unable to excel. This creates a problem for both the teacher and the student.

The instructor should intercede when the child seems to falter and reassure him/her that the effort and application of studies is the best way to go.

When the work gets done, and after the children have tried their best, it is meritorious. Showing praise and appreciation for them who have put their best foot forward helps them to build their confidence and self-worth. The remarkable thing about confidence builder is that it is translated and integrated into other areas of the child’s life. The child is more likely to pursue other areas that he/she might not have had interest earlier. The child then experiences an overall improvement that places him/her on a higher level of actualization. Henry Adams states that ‘’A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.’’ This shows how something as ‘’small’’ as a confidence builder can permeate throughout the pupil’s life.

Teaching is not an easy task; it takes commitment, tenacity and guidance from the Holy Spirit to stand and lead the future generation. Seventh-day Adventist teachers represent a fraction of the hardworking teachers we have on this beautiful island. They do their job effectively. The Seventh-day Adventist teacher is committed and loyal in helping to develop Christ-centered quality education. While others focus on completing the syllabus and curricula, the Adventist teacher is committed to restoring in each child the image of God. As we celebrate Adventist Teacher’s Day, we salute all teachers in our congregations. Today is a great time to say, “Thank you, for giving to the Lord!

Marcia Smith, English Teacher; Bahamas Academy of Seventh-day Adventists

Bahamas National Youth Parade Held October 7, 2018

The National Youth Parade in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas was held on Sunday, October 7, 2018, on the island of New Providence. Scores of youth groups and some private and public schools participated. The Adventist Church was represented by the Pathfinders--the largest and most disciplined group on the parade; Randy Johnson Self-Defense Group of Living Faith Adventist Church, and Bahamas Academy.

The photos below were taken by Peresha Ferguson, Media Student Photographer

Matthew B. Adderley, Son of Pastor Wilfred and Mrs. Sheila Adderley, Dies

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Matthew Brian Addlery, age 32, after a short battle with brain cancer. He died in a hospice in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. He recently graduated from Oakwood University.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Memorial Thanksgiving Service,Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Good News Seventh-day Adventist

FUNERAL SERVICE: Sunday, October 28, 2018, 1:00 p.m. at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church

He is the second child of retired Pastor Wilfred and Mrs. Sheila Addeley of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. He will be remembered for his gentle smile, steady Christian spirit, and friendly attitude. Funeral plans to be announced soon.


“And He came and touched the bier (casket)…they that bare him stood still… He said: young

man I say unto thee, arise…he that was dead sat up-began to speak-he delivered him to his mother.” Luke 7:14 inspired Matthew to preach this sermon: “Get up! Get Busy! Jesus is coming”

A Miraculous Birth

On August 5, 1986 a baby boy, struggling in his mother’s womb, was born by C-section to Pastor Wilfred and Sheila Adderley. It was by the mercies of God, prayer and the doctor’s skilful hand that saved both mother and child because her heart had stopped during surgery. Knowing that this was a special child she named him Matthew, which means God’s gift. Only four months old, on December 16, 1986, Matthew received head injuries in a traffic accident that caused him to develop at a slower pace: his first step was at 23 months and he said “dada” at 24 months. However, once he got walking and talking he shot forward at high speed and could not be stopped, for God was with him. At age seven year he walked to the altar at church asking to be baptized. When asked if he understood the meaning of Baptism he Said: “Many days at school or at home, when I’m in the yard seeing trees, flowers or a dog, I hear the Lord telling me, ‘Enjoy the things I made, but don’t do bad things, serve me so one day you could live with me in Heaven.’

A Passion For Knowledge

Matthew loved the outdoors, nature and sports. He attended Bahamas Academy of Seventh-day Adventists in Nassau, Bahamas from primary, through junior and senior high schools 1991 – 2004. He excelled in academics and sports and was sought after for the track team and the basketball team. He won many trophies and awards and was always an honor roll student. He enrolled in home economics and cooking classes developing the art of baking: bread, pastries, macaroni, cookies and fixing pastas. Upon graduation he worked as an Insurance Accident Adjuster at Bahamas First Insurance, Nassau

Bahamas for two years. He attended the College of the Bahamas then he transferred to Galilee College graduating with an Associate in Business Administration in June 2009. It was in 2006 that Mathew was employed at the Ministry of Labor as an Accounts Clerk and was promoted to the post of Labor Inspector. He had a passion for study and helping people and was always ready to be a part of fund-raising events whether it was for church building, youth trips, medical expenses or the annual Ingathering campaigns. In February 2011 Matthew had a dream and the Lord told him to choose between his present employment and working for Him. This brought him to Oakwood University and he enrolled in the Department of Social Work and the School of Religion and Theology. He chose this combination of Theology and Social Work so that his ministry could serve the whole man – spiritually, socially and economically. Even though the course work in both departments presented challenges Matthew heeded Proverbs 3:6 and sought God’s direction instead of his own impressions.

A Loyal Student and Faithful Servant

During his seven years at Oakwood, Matthew remained an honor-roll student every semester. In the Social Work Department, he loved working on projects and was always sought after to lead the group. He was chosen as a student representative to the United Nations. He loved preaching and evangelism and worked in many crusades in the Bahamas as a Bible worker leading many to accept Jesus, and to be baptized according to Mark 16:16. Accepting invitations to preach in an AME Zion Church, Matthew opened the door that the entire church are keeping the Sabbath today. In June 2015, Matthew while on assignment as a Bible – Worker for a crusade in Atlanta with Dr. Jesse Wilson, had a seizure and was diagnosed with a brain tumor but most of it were removed by surgery and radiation treatments was given to reduce the remainder. Matthew sat out of class for Fall, 2015 but bounced back in Spring 2016 as an honor-roll student every semester. On December 16, 2017 the tumor returned. Even with the tumors Matthew completed Revelation and graduated May 12, 2018. On September 1, 2018, a Bachelors of Arts Degree in General Studies (emphasis in Social Work) was conferred on him.

It was four days after graduation, on May 16, 2018 that Matthew went back to the hospital for two months. Then he went to rehab for three months. On Friday October 5, 2018 his father, Pastor Wright and Dr. Byrd ministered to him in prayer, singing and reading passages from the Bible. Matthew breathed out a heavy puff, closed his eyes but Dr. Byrd’s call came in time. He called Matthew by name and began praying. Matthew stopped dying, to receive that prayer and he lived 25 minutes longer, then he died peacefully.

Matthew, a mid-night preacher (Daniel 12:1 – 4) was ready to meet his Lord and Savior in death (Matt.24:44).

Let To Mourn

Parents: Dr. Wilfred and Sheila Adderley; A brother Wilfred, Jr.; his grandmother, Florence Rahming; 3 grand uncles: Lawrence, Vincent, John; 3 grand aunts: Lynn, Jackie and Avis; 9 uncles: Kenneth, Richard, Gladstone, Philip, Andrew, Michael, Gary, Dwight, Devaughan; 7 aunts: Maxine, Miriam, Hilda, Freddie, Ingrid, Michelle, Bridgette; and a host of first and second cousins, other relatives and friends.

Special Thanks to: The Pastor of Oakwood University Church, Dr. Byrd, his pastoral staff, workers, and members, especially Stephanie Johnson-Dingome, Shirleyann Cherry, Lydia Andrews and the Prayer Team; to The president of Oakwood University, Dr. Leslie Pollard the administration, professors, teachers and workers: Especially the School of Religion and Theology and The Department of Social Work and all departments workers and staff of the university. Pastor Bertram Wright, the Elders and Members of Metropolitan Seventh-day Community Church; Special thanks to Pastor Willie Taylor the elders and Members of Mt. Calvary Seventh-day Adventist Church, especially Josette Paschal and the church choir;the administration, doctors, nurses, workers and staff of huntsville hospital, Huntsville Health and Rehabilitation Center and Family Hospice Care for their treatments and comfort care given to Matthew. Special thanks to: Mrs. Karen Clarke-Dorsette, Mrs. E’liere, Elder E. Gilbert, Dr. Ojwang, Dr. Blue, Dr. Allen and T. Marshall Kelly, Dr. Ramirez, Dr. Ashley, Dr. Frye, Dr. Andrew Chornes, Carmen Williams, Lilly McCullough, Dean Matthews, Chaplain Harris, Matthew close class mates: Virilus,Jr. Herbert, Rizla, Ian, Sherwin, Aaron, and All persons who called, made donations and said prayers for Matthew’s healing a big thank you. Matthew received the healing God’s way. All of the doctor’s admitted every month there was nothing they could do in treatments from April to September and Matthew out lived their predictions of death within days or weeks, until God did what was best, to put Matthew to sleep in death, so he can rest until He calls him up to his eternal reward. Indeed God had the final say and His Word has been fulfilled. Amen.


Ground Breaking for Adelaide Church

On Sunday morning, September 30, 2018, Pastor Danhugh Gordon was a very happy man. Why? Because the church that he leads--the Adalaide Seventh-day Adventist Church, broke ground for the construction of their very own church building. For more than ten years the members faithfully congregated in the Adelaide Public School and for the last year they have been worshipping under a tent. Hope blazed in the hearts of members and supporters alike as they verbally shared evidences of the Lord’s leading over the years and watched with excitement as Pastors Paul Scavella and Peter Joseph, South Bahamas conference leaders, Pastor Danhugh Gordon, the current pastor and Lester Flowers the first elder, symbolically turned the soil with decorated shovels. It was certainly a joyous time for the members of Adelaide Seventh-day Adventist Church. The church is located in one of the oldest and most remote villages on the Island of New Providence.
Congratulations of the pastor and members of Adelaide Adventist Church

Good News Church 30th Anniversary

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The weekend of September 28 to 29, 2018 was packed with inspiration at the Good News Seventh-day Adventist Church, Flamingo Gardens, Nassau, The Bahamas. T. Basil Sturrup, church pastor, led the church in celebrating its thirtieth anniversary. The celebration commenced on Friday night with the dynamic preaching of Pastor Paul Scavella, president of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and continued on Sabbath morning where Pastor Leonard Johnson, executive secretary of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. They both preached powerful sermons under the theme "Ebenezer-Hither to, Has the Lord Helped Us."
During both of these services a high point was the beautiful and moving singing by various musical groups and soloists. The Praise Team melodiously lead the packed congregation in singing great hymns such as, "Love Lifted Me," "And Can it Be," "Marvelous Grace," "Draw Me Nearer." The already inspiring service rose to an even higher peak with the appearance of the acclaimed Adventist gospel group, Harmonious Praise, when they uplifted Jesus in singing two gospel songs: "Total Praise" and "He's Able," This enriching and stirring Sabbath service was followed by a sumptuous fellowship meal for all.
The Good News Church began in 1988 after a successful evangelistic series conducted by Pastor Jeffery Thompson who also served as the first pastor of the church. Other pastors over the years have been Pastor Victor Cargin, Pastor Neville Scavella, Pastor Lynden Williams, Pastor Hugh Roach and Pastor Leo Rolle.
Praise God for Good News Church.

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