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Let’s have a sweet little talk about sugar. It is so sweet, isn’t it? We love it; we crave it and we feel we can’t live without it! Maybe because it is so addictive…so addictive that it is said to be six times more addictive than cocaine!

Sugar laden foods and beverages are heavily advertised, easily accessible, very acceptable and tasty… Sweet foods and beverages taste so good! However, many of us are having too much of them and they are killing us!Sugar is in so many foods that we love and enjoy. From pastries to condiments to beverages and snack foods. A lot of our native foods are high in sugar. These foods have become a popular dietary staple for many.  So…How can we achieve a sweet balance?

Many foods and beverages like guava duff, pineapple and coconut tarts, jams, jellies, chocolate, coconut and benny cakes, cereals, granola bars, ketchup, barbecue sauce, baked beans, yogurt, cookies, sodas, fruit punch and candies are high in sugar and should not be eaten on a daily basis; and when eaten should be done in small amounts. Having too much sugar suppresses or weakens our immune system making it easier for us to become sick.

High sugar consumption has been linked with health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes/insulin resistance, hypertension, high blood cholesterol, overweight/obesity, dementia, cognitive decline, skin disorders, cancer, gout, yeast infections, kidney disease, nerve damage, osteoporosis, arthritis, hormonal imbalance.

The World Health Organization (WHO) used to recommend that we get no more than 10% of our daily calories from sugar, but now they're considering lowering that to 5%. For an average, healthy adult, that would mean 25 grams, or about six teaspoons of sugar per day. To break it down by gender, the American Heart Association gave these recommended sugar levels for the following: 5 teaspoons for women (20 grams); 9 teaspoons for men (36 grams); and 3 teaspoons (12 grams) for children.

So, how can you eat less sugar and still enjoy our foods? Strike a healthy balance.

Choose the right cereals!  Check Nutrition Facts. Select cereals with no more than 8% of the percent daily value (% DV) for sugar. This also applies to commercial waffle and pancake mixes.  Make your own instead!

When dining at restaurants, ask about the sugar content of various dishes.

Eat fresh, dried or frozen fruits. Make it colorful with different shapes, textures and sizes.

Add less sweeteners to your beverages like: hot beverages, Kool-aid, lemonade and fruit punch.

Swap your high sugar favorites for some smarter choices:

  • Sweeten cereals with fruits instead of sugar
  • Drink fruit infused water - a twist of lime /lemon instead        of sodas or sweet drinks
  • Fruit smoothie instead of ice cream
  • Fruit instead of a honey bun
  • Plain cereal instead of sugar laden cereal
  • Trail mix (preferably homemade) instead chocolate bar
  • Teach children how to make better snack and lunch choices at school, parties or wherever food is offered
  • Lobby for local food manufacturers to produce foods with less sugar and restaurants to prepare foods with less sugar
  • Use cinnamon to increase the natural sweetness in your foods and beverages
  • Eat whole fruits instead of drinking its juices

Eat less sugar. Your brain, heart, belly, knees, joints, skin, eyes, arteries, blood stream… Your whole body would really love and appreciate it! You are already sweet enough!

 Shandera Smith, Immediate Past President, Adventist Health Professionals Association.



Family Islands Conventions March 9, 2019

  • South Andros – Pastor Leonardo Rahming
  • North Andros – Pastors Jamal Franklyn and C Melvin Lewis
  • San Salvador – Michael Toote Jr. & Nathelyn Lacroix
  • Cat Island – Kimberley and Curtis Bryan, and Okell Damastus
  • Exuma – Pastor. T. Basil and Lavern Sturrup
  • Crooked Island & Acklins – Pastor Nikita Thompson
  • Eleuthera – Pastor Peter Joseph
  • Inagua – Anthony Burrows
  • Mayaguana – Pastor Kenny Deveaux and Jacqueline Gibson
  • Long Island – Pastor Valentino Campbell




Pastoral Assignments
(Effective March 2, 2019)

Living Faith and Message of Hope
Pastor Craig Williams

Philadelphia And Redemption
Pastor Peter Joseph

Ephesus and Peardale
Pastor Nikita Thompson

Maranatha and Long Island
Pastor Valentino Campbell

Pastor Carl Johnson

La Senda La Vida
Pastor Jamal Franklyn

Ebenezer and North Andros
Pastor C. Melvin Lewis

Centreville and  New Haven
Pastor Paul Scavella

Hillview / Cat Island
Pastor Michael Toote Sr.

Grants Town
Pastor Leonardo Rahming
Ministerial Intern Sydney Dorsett

Johnson Park and Crooked Island and Acklins
Pastor Danhugh Gordon
Ministerial Intern Nathalie Roberts

Bethel and Adelaide
Pastor Larry Green

Berea and Breath Of Life
Pastor Edward St. Fleur
Ministerial Intern Nathalie Roberts

Good News and Exuma
Pastor. T. Basil Sturrup

Bethany and Gambier
Pastor Kenny Deveaux
Ministerial Intern Lee Burrows

New Providence and Real Harvest
Pastor Alvarico Moss

New Englerston and Francophone 
Pastor Mark Ewen

South Andros and Mangrove Cay 
Pastor Kareem Black

Pastor Manasseh Simms

Administration and Winston Ash

Administration and Kenneth Williams

San Salvador

Spirit Of Prophecy, Information Technology,  Bible Instruction,  Chaplaincy
Pastor Lynden Williams

Communication Department Website
Pastor Barrington Brennen

Chaplaincy, Prison, Boys & Girls School, Mary Ingraham’s Home 
Pastor Leo Rolle



2 - 9: LTM Reaping Campaigns IAD
9: LTM Baptismal Day
9 - 16: Christian Home and Family Week
9: Christian Marriage Day (Emphasizes Marriage)
10: PARL Conclave
10: YWOP Preacher’s Training - SBC Office Board Room
15 – 17: ACLASS- 10 Hours Senior Youth Course, Adventurer & Pathfinder Staff Training Course (Bahamas Academy)
17 - 26: LTM Educational Trip (Israel)
16: Christian Home Day (Emphasizes Parenting)
21 - 24: Screening for 8 Weeks to Wellness Programme
23: Adventist Youth, Club Ministries Consecration Service, ACLASS Graduation (Joint AY Service) Good News Seventh-day Adventist Church
24: GEMS Reloaded
25: 8 Weeks to Wellness Starts
28: SBC Executive Committee Meeting




2019 Reaping Campaigns in ATCU

The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, February 24 – March 2, 2019 is: Father as Protector.



ASI Fair:  This event will take place on Sunday March 3, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Listen out for the venue.

IAD - ASI Convention: The ASI Convention for the Inter-American Division will take place on August 21 - 24, 2019 at the Atlantis, Paradise Island. Save the date and plan to be there.

Shandera Smith, A.S.I. 


A very important meeting will be held for all church CHAM leaders on Sunday February 24, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. at the conference headquarters. Leaders or your representative are expected to attend. The meeting will also be streamed LIVE to involve leaders on the family islands.

Global Children’s Day

Lavern Sturrup, CHAM Director.


8 Weeks To Wellness 2019

Having challenges with elevated pressure, glucose, and cholesterol? Are you financially challenged?  Are you overweight, having sleep issues, experiencing fatigue, heart conditions and other ailments?  Well, you would want to be a part of 8 WEEKS TO WELLNESS 2019 under the theme ‘I Choose to Live Healthy’.     Join us for eight fun-filled weeks of exercise, cooking classes, health lectures, health devotional nuggets and small group coaching sessions. Starting February 25 at 6p.m until April 29th at the former Bahamas Academy on Wulff Road.  

All participants must be pre-screened.  Pre-screening dates are:

  • Sunday February 24, 3 p.m - 5 p.m

During the program, sessions will be held once per week on Mondays. Prevention is the key. This is a good way to enhance your overall wellbeing. For further information on registration, contact us at 323-0610, 341-4021 or on WhatsApp at 826-8486.

Medical Missionary Training:  All persons interested in enrolling in the Medical Missionary training programme online or abroad can contact Nathelyn LaCroix at 323-0610.  Email at for additional information.

Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Director.


  • President – Rose Cooper
  • Assistant President - Erica Joseph
  • Treasurer - Donna Moss
  • Chaplin - Pretta Gibbs
  • Secretary - Jorjette Bain
  • Assistant Secretary - Agatha Nottage
  • Public Relations Officer - Justina Knowles Education &Training Officer - Dr. Monique Mitchell
  • Nurse Liaison Officer - Serkeitha Meadows, Physician Liaison Officer - Dr. Alpheus Allick
  • Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Director.


 First Quarter (February - March)

  • “WE” (Women Empowerment) - at a glance:
  • February, 2019
  • 24 - Philadelphia Women’s Ministries, “Fill My Cup” - Afternoon Tea, at Philadelphia Church Fellowship Hall at 4:00p.m.
  • 24 - GEMS Reloaded – A Relaunch Event under the theme, “Grow, GLOW, GO!” Time: 3:00p.m – 5:00p.m at the Stapledon School on Dolphin Drive.
  • Ages: 13 & up. Contact your GEMS Coordinator TODAY!

March 2019

  • 2 – International Women’s Day of Prayer
  • 30 - “God in Shoes” - Zone 1 Community Outreach, Geriatric Hospital at 4:00p.m

DONATION REQUEST:  Used, But In Good Condition Devotionals:  Kindly donate these devotionals to your local Women’s Ministries Leader for distribution during our community outreach projects this year. Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director.



Camp Kalaqua:  This year the “Sons of the Kingdom", Florida Conference Men's Ministries Convention invites all men ages 13+, to join them on March 8-10, 2019 at Camp Kalaqua, Florida. Enjoy spectacular speakers, uplifting music, exceptional food and wonderful fellowship at this retreat. Speakers are: John Earnhardt, Minnetonka Labrador and Newton King.

All attendees must register at

Men’s Meet & Greet:  On Sunday, March 31, 2019 all men are invited to a breakfast Meet and Greet. Venue: To be decided

Curtis Bryan, Men’s Ministries Coordinator.


A general meeting of the South Bahamas Conference Retirees’ Association will be held at the Philadelphia Church, Fellowship Hall on Thursday, the 28th of February 2019 at 10:00a.m. Any person(s) interested in joining are welcomed to attend. – Sister Esther Vincent, Secretary/Treasurer.


Upcoming Events

Get Ready as the Children and Adolescent Ministries Department Joins Us in Being the Hands and Feet of Jesus in Our Communities.

Public Campus Ministry Youth Congress Panama 2019:  The Inter-American Division PCM Youth Congress will be July 18-22, 2019 in Panama. Expected delegates will be college/university students and professors from across the conference. Tentative total cost per delegate is $312.00 USD + airfare. The criteria for selection will be published soon.

Pastor Jamal Franklyn, Youth Director

Berea Exercise Classes

You are all invited to be a part of the Berea Health Ministries Department exercise classes every Sunday morning at the church. Aerobics start at 6:30a.m - 7: 20a.m and Abdominal workouts from 7:20a.m. - 8:00a.m. Come and strengthen your core.  

Berea Health Leader

Please Email Weekly Announcements by
Tuesday @ 1:00 p.m  to: 

 Conference website:


March 2, 2019 AT 6:12 P.M.