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Mentored Into Leadership

By Chilé C.I. Fernandez, Associate Adventist Youth Leader, Centreville Church.

Within this last decade, the nation, its local churches and our Conference youth department have realized the significance of mentorship and has wisely decided to be more strategic in the development and application of youth mentorship. So, when reflecting on my time from Junior Adventist Youth, to my current responsibility as a Youth leader, I recognize that mentorship was at play (though not outrightly labelled as such). I realize the impact made and now happily take the time to recall those momentous occasions and influential persons that shaped me as a Youth Ministries member, who would eventually become a Youth Ministries Leader.

   I can fondly remember my first camping experience, at the age of 5 or 6 years old, shortly after my family became members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, attending Maranatha. Mr. Ray Jennings, being a childhood friend of my mom, collected me for camp and from then on, became a statue of a man/leader in my life through ‘Pathfindering’. I started out as a Junior Missionary Volunteer (J.M.V), had a stint as an Adventurer and went all the way through the levels of Pathfinders. I no longer remember whether I was forced to go, or whether I enjoyed my initial experiences so much that I never questioned wanting to be a Pathfinder and attend every event possible. I love it all; camping, drilling, marching, Bible drills, completing honours, and most of all, making new friends.

   I value the program so much, that though at some point in high school I had to pause with my Pathfinder club involvement (due to significant life changes at the time) I was determined to be fully invested. So, at age 19, I finally completed Guide Class along with the peers of my younger brother. During those various levels, I had been a Scribe, Captain, Treasurer and all-around outstanding participant, instructed by Ms. Belva Zonicle, Ms. Louise Forbes, Mr. Clayton Forbes, Ms. Katherina Smith, Mr. Coleridge Gooding, Mr. Harrison Moxey and others. By then, my mother, Mrs. Georgina Panza, had caught the flame of ‘Pathfindering’ and mentorship and was invested as a Masterguide in 2008, after leaders saw the need for more counselors at our local church level. I was proud of her and encouraged by her stand. By 2009, I'd been trained under the leadership of numerous directors and counselors and was then invested as a Masterguide and Adventurer counselor, alongside my mom.

   As a Junior Adventist Youth (J.A.Y), I only remember a few enjoyable memories of those beginnings in the Adventist Youth Society, but my experience definitely deepened as I matured and was involved in AY. I grew under the leadership of Ms. Sonia Heastie, Mrs. Victoria Forbes, Ms. Bernadette Butler, Mrs. Grace Bostwick, Ms. Dorneika Ritchie and Ms. Sherry Burrows, evolved progressively as AY Secretary, later becoming an Associate Leader and then Head AY Leader. Under Centreville's various leaders, I had opportunity to find my voice, use my creative skills, learn the depth of Adventist Youth Ministry, creating and coordinating programs and developed a passion for banding youth together for the service of God and fulfilling their individual purpose.

   We must look around and praise God! The gift of mentorship keeps on giving... dedicated leaders for the cause of Christ.

-Chilé C.I. Fernandez, Associate AY Leader, Centreville Church.




3: Mission Transform 242: Local AY take program to Children’s Home
3: Children Emphasis Day
4: ATFO: Adventist Track & Field Olympics
9 - 11: NCU Graduation
10 - 24: IASI Youth Mission Project
12 - 18: International Pathfinder Camporee, Oshkosh Wisconsin GC
17: Adventist Education Emphasis Day
21 - 24: IAD ASI Convention (Nassau)
24: Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day
30 - 31: Back to School Revival Joint
31: Youth Baptismal Sabbath



The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, August 4 – August 10, 2019: Family in Grief.




AUGUST 10 -17, 2019

These exciting Evangelistic series will take place on the islands of New Providence, North Eleuthera, Acklins, and North Andros. Hear from anointed guest lay preachers, experience heartwarming fellowship, hear life changing testimonies, enjoy interactive health features, and soul stirring music. Save the date and plan to be there! See the conference website for the listing of speakers.



The ASI Convention for the Inter-American Division will be an unforgettable experience. Register now with your local ASI leader/ representative at your church. Convention begins August 21 - 24, 2019 at the Atlantis, Paradise Island. Persons from throughout the Inter-American Division will be there. You must plan now to be there too. Registration is ongoing. --Ms. Shandera Smith, Executive Secretary, A.S.I. 


  • August 11 – Visit to National Art Gallery
  • September 8 – CHAM Art Exhibition
  • September 14 & 15 – Child Preachers Workshop

For more information, please inquire from your local CHAM Leaders.

--Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, C.H.A.M Director.


IN JAMII KINGDOM:  AUGUST 6 – 9, 2019 - Gambier Church

--Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, C.H.A.M Director.



Free Fun Run/Walk - August 5, 2019:  Movement is one of the best things you can do for yourself to keep well. Join us on August 5 for the quarterly ‘I Want To Live Healthy’ Fun/Run Walk at 6:30a.m.

Route: Arawak Cay to Goodman’s Bay for walkers and runners continue to the Melia Hotel & Resort. Free fruit and water will be available for all participants. T-shirts will also be available for a small donation. For further info call 3414021 or 3230610.

CPR and First Aid Certification:  All persons interested in being certified or recertified in CPR and/or First Aid on August 11, 2019, please call 323-0610 or 826- 8486 (WhatsApp). This is for medical and nonmedical persons - teachers, secretaries, pastors, lawyers, etc. Come and be certified so that you will be equipped to save a life!

 --Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Ministries Director.


Third Quarter 
“WE” (Women Empowerment) – Q3 Forecast:

August 2019

  • 3- Hillview WM “Women in the Word” Bible Study AY Service
  • 3 – Hillview GEMS Night Out
  • 24 – Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day (All Churches)
  • 25 – WM Local Leaders Meeting@9:30 a.m SBC Office

September 2019

  • 4 - God Covers Me (All Churches)
  • TBA – Zone 3 Community Outreach
  • 21 – SBC GEMS God in Shoes, “A Pillow and a Prayer” Community Outreach
  • 28 – Philadelphia Church Women’s Ministries Emphasis Day

Save the Date: October 18 & 19, 2019 - Women’s Ministries Conclave under the theme ‘God’s Beloved Daughters: Rescued, Redeemed, Restored & Released’. You can’t afford to miss this one of a kind worship experience.

Warfare Wednesdays: The Women’s Ministries Department extends an invitation all women in the South Bahamas Conference to take a minute to “pause and pray” with us at 12noon each Wednesday. This collective effort will not only enrich our prayer lives but the results of these unified prayers will be immeasurable. You may contact your local leader for more information on this wonderful initiative.

ATCU WOMEN’S RETREAT: Special Note: All non-Bahamians traveling to the ATCU Retreat being held in South Caicos November 1-3, 2019 are asked to contact Mrs. Tanya Miller at the SBC Office for information relating to the special Visa needed for entry.

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




Adventist Basketball League (ABL): The 2nd final game of the ABL is this Saturday night at 8:30p.m at the H D Colburn Gym. Come & Support our Youth! Living Faith Vs. Bethany!

Adventist Youth Awards (AYA): The Adventist Youth (Buffet) Award Ceremony will be held at the Breezes Hotel on Sunday December 15, 2019 at 6:00pm. Tickets are available to all members at the ABNC or from Ms. Briel Jacques for the Early bird cost of $60.00 until October 1, 2019. Late bird ticket is $80.00 after October 2, 2019. Local Church Boards are asked to submit nominations for Awards by Monday September 30th, 2019.

AYA will also recognize the contributions of Leaders for the 70th Pathfinder Anniversary.

Adventist Track and Field Olympics (ATFO): ATFO 2019, will be held on Sunday August 4, 2019 at 9: 00a.m, at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. Churches are asked to be in their colors! Entry fee: Children (12 and under) $2.00 and Adults $4.00. --Pastor Jamal Franklyn, Youth Director.



Upcoming Events

  • Sunday August 11, 2019 – Joint clean up and breakfast for the men and young men of our Conference at the Old Bahamas Academy at 6:30a.m.
  • Sunday August 18, 2019 - Men and Young men breakfast and clean up at BAMIVOCA, 6:30a.m.--Mr. Curtis Bryan, Men’s Ministries Coordinator.

The Ministerial Department presents ALERT (Advance Leadership Evangelism & Retention Training), in conjunction with the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Evangelism Strategic Plan. Two weeks ago, the overall approach to soul winning in our Conference was launched at a mega rally, and churches were challenged to create a minimum of four streams or four paths by which we can spread the good news of salvation with others. Under the theme: Reaching Millennials - The Paradigm Shift,” the Ministerial Department will provide specialized training to show our members how to use a variety of evangelistic methods effectively. Guest presenters for the symposium will be Dr. Jessie Wilson, and Henoc Paulicin, along with local pastors and laymen from the South and North Bahamas Conferences. The date for ALERT is September 13-15, 2019, at the National Training Agency on Gladstone Road. Registration cost is $100.00.


Are you between the ages 15 - 30 years old and have the ability and love for singing? The Music Committee of the South Bahamas invites you to join us and a

Guest Workshop Clinician in a Music Workshop from Thursday September 19th, 2019.  This workshop will culminate in a Grand Concert on Sabbath September 21st, 2019. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FURTHER DETAILS

Annette Dorsett, Music Coordinator, South Bahamas Conference.


All members are invited to participate in all of our joint prayer meetings for the reminder of the year. Please note that each service will be held at 6 o’clock in the morning with the exception of July which will be from 9 a.m. - 12 noon.



August 4, 2019

Good News



– Pastor Leonardo Rahming, Prayer Coordinator.


Calling one and all! This summer Blessed Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church is in its building completion drive. South Androsians and its descendants are asking you to share the hope of Jesus by donating materials, or monetary gifts of any amount to this effort. Please contact us by email at: Lukanduh Gardiner.


Pastor Paul Scavella and the Health Ministry team of our church expresses heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Ministries Director the South Bahamas Conference, and the host of medical professionals for their invaluable contribution during our "Health Extravaganza" last weekend. Let us continue to work together in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. – Mr. Durward Bostwick, Health Ministry Leader.


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By Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.
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 CALL 341-4021


August 10, 2019 AT 7:53 P.M.