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Uncompromising Faith

Article by Stanley Philord, Public Campus Ministries Coordinator (photo)

Daniel 6:22, “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt” (King James Bible).

I am often reminded of this verse when faced with the difficult trials that may find me. Like Daniel, the enemy will make it his endeavor to shake your faith or in other words ‘feed you to the lions’.  And it is in those times we must trust God more than ever.

There are times you will be expected to compromise during exams. Satan will try to target you in the most subtle ways. Sometimes we find ourselves in a ‘hole’ and we find ourselves in a position to betray our integrity through cheating. You may believe that no one is watching but remember we serve an omniscient God. He sees and knows all so always ask yourself, is it worth being in disagreement with Him? If you are one that gets nervous during exams, just pray! Once you’ve done your part to ensure success, leave the rest to God. He will see you through!

There are times you will be expected to compromise your Sabbath... Just ask! From experience, I can tell you in all of my 5 years attending a non-Adventist university, the enemy has tried but God always intervened. Every exam I’ve ever had scheduled on Sabbath was either canceled, rescheduled or they allowed me to sit the exams at another time. This was true for extra classes as well. Teachers made personal accommodations to ensure my faith was not compromised. I am reminded of an experience that occurred while studying at university. An important meeting to decide who would lead the Senate of the University of the Bahamas was intentionally scheduled for a Saturday. There were a few who had ill-intentions to ensure I would not be present and my nomination to be forcefully withdrawn. I prayed about it and left it to God. Believe me when I say, he saw me through. The day of the election came, but it had to be postponed because they could not meet a quorum.

There are times the enemy will use your social relationships to get you to compromise but, you must stay strong and not fall to peer pressure. Often times you will hear “just this one time.” That one time could cause you your future as all bad habits started from “just one time”.

 Fellow students be encouraged! Keep an uncompromising faith in God. –- Mr. Stanley Philord, Public Campus Ministries Coordinator. 



5: Youth Church - Joint AY Hillview Church
6: Day of Prayer and Fasting
6 - 13: Youth Evangelistic Campaigns in Local Churches IAD/ATCU/SBC
7: Vegan Cook Off
7: Youth Council & ACLASS
7: God in Shoes
9 - 13: 3rd Global Conference on Lifestyle and Health, LLU
13: Mission Transform 242: local AY take service to Home of Pastor or First Elder
13: Youth Baptismal Sabbath
17 - 21: II PCM Youth and Professionals IAD Congress, Panama
20: Health Pulpit Exchange
25: SBC Executive Committee Meeting


CONGRATULATIONS: Pastor Paul Scavella will be the proud recipient of the Doctor of Ministry degree which will be awarded by the Inter-American Theological Seminary. The graduation will be held on the campus of Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Jamaica during the month of August 2019. Pastor Scavella successfully defended his dissertation on Biblical Coaching In Discipleship: A Model for Church Growth in Selected Churches in South Bahamas Con-ference. The Administration congratulates Dr. Scavella who presently serves as Pastor for the Centreville Church. --The Administration of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

CHURCH AUDITS: The Administration, through the office of the Secretariat, would like to inform our constituency that the month of September is to be Church Audit month. Please note that a letter will be sent to the church board in this regard. We are expecting every church to intentionally and prayerfully work together to ensure that this happens.

 SERVICES NEEDED: The South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is seeking to contract the services of a landscaping company to take care of its grounds.

The South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is seeking to contract a professional painter to carry out works of the same kind on the Conference building.

All interested parties are asked to submit bids to the following email address: or you may drop it off at the office Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in care of Ms. Dawne Forbes. 

--Pastor Leonardo Rahming, Executive Secretary


Career Opportunity:  The South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is seeking to employ an Entry Level Accountant. The applicant should hold a bachelor’s degree in Accounts or Finance, have a working knowledge of QuickBooks, Microsoft Office Suite (specifically Excel), be an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, productive and willing to learn while growing with the organization.
Interested persons should send a cover letter and resumé to




The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, July 21-27: Families with Disabilities.



ASI COOK-OUT:  This event will be held on Sunday July 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the H. D. Colburn Gymnasium, Wulff Road. Come and enjoy an array of delicious foods, beverages and pastries. Support your local ASI Chapter.

PEOPLE TO PEOPLE ISLANDWIDE EVANGELISTIC CAMPAIGNS:  These evangelistic campaigns will take place in your individual churches during August 10 – 17, 2019 in conjunction with ASI and the Personal Ministries Department of our Conference. Please Get Involved!

IAD - ASI CONVENTION:  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. 




Total pledges so far - $44,300.00.  Further Contributions Are Forthcoming From Our Members & Community Friends.  Thank you for allowing God to use you to assist us in this Ministry. --Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, Communication Director.


July 21 @ 8:00 a.m. - Quarterly meeting for all CHAM leaders and assistants of our churches will be held at the Conference headquarters. All churches are asked to be represented. --Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, C.H.A.M Director.



AUGUST 6 – 9, 2019

Gambier Church

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



Health Pulpit Exchange: On July 20, 2019 the Health Leaders of the Conference and the members of the Adventist Health Professionals Association will participate in a health pulpit exchange by presenting health messages throughout the Conference.

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.

--Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Ministries Director.


Second Quarter 

“WE” (Women Empowerment) – Q2 Forecast:


21- Hillview WM Island Tour and Movie Day

28 – Philadelphia WM Legal Clinic Forum

August 2019

3- Hillview WM “Women in the Word” Bible Study AY Service

3 – Hillview GEMS Night Out

11 – WM Local Leaders Meeting @9:30 a.m SBC Office

21 – SBC GEMS God in Shoes - “A Pillow and a Prayer” Community Outreach

24 – Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day


Warfare Wednesdays

The Women’s Ministries Department extends an invitation to all women in the South Bahamas Conference to take a minute to “pause and pray” with us at 12:00 noon each Wednesday. This collective effort not only enrich our prayer lives but the results of these unified prayers are unmeasurable. You may contact your local leader for more information on this wonderful initiative.


Save the Date!

Under the theme, “In Christ”, the Turks & Caicos Conference will be hosting the Atlantic Caribbean Union Women’s Retreat. This amazing retreat will convene at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa in Turks & Caicos on November 1-3, 2019 with guest speaker Janice Johnson-Browne. Kindly see your local leader for further details.

Please also note that no registration forms will be accepted after August 31, 2019.

Special Notes

Registration is ongoing for the ATCU Retreat being held in South Caicos. Registration forms can be collected at the SBC Office from Mrs. Brooks and payments made to Mr. Dwight Brown. Please see your local Women’s Ministries Leader for any further information.



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)

Playoffs begin on Saturday night at 8:30p.m at the H D Colbourn Gym. Come & Support our youth!


Adventist Youth Awards (AYA)

The Youth Award Banquet has been postponed to a later date.


Adventist Track and Field Olympics (ATFO)


A training meeting for officials for ATFO 2019 will be held at the Johnson Park Church, on Sunday July 21st, 2019 at 12:00p.m.

All interested volunteers are asked to be in attendance.

--Pastor Jamal Franklyn, Youth Director.




Upcoming Events

Sunday, July 28, 2019 – Johnson Park Church men and young men fishing on the rock. Bacardi Road, as many as wish, come and join at 7:30p.m.

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. The organizer for the event is Pastor T. Basil Sturrup.



Are you between the ages 15 – 30 years old, and have the ability and love for singing? The Music Committee of the South Bahamas is looking for persons to be a part of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Youth Choir.



-- Sister 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






Grant’s Town


New Providence

November 3-8, 2019 - Week of Prayer Early Morning Joint Meetings at 5:00 a.m.  each morning at the Grant’s Town.

March 13 -15, 2020 - Prayer Conference will be held. I am asking all members to start preparing for this awesome experience. Our guest will be Pastor Pavel Gora- Ministry Magazine Editor. You will not want to miss this. – Pastor Leonardo Rahming, Prayer Coordinator.


A general meeting of the South Bahamas Conference Retirees’ Association will be held on Thursday, the 25th of July 2019 at 11:00a.m. As this will be a “Visitation Meeting” when we anticipate visiting our sick and at-home members, we will assemble at the Old Bahamas Academy grounds on Wulff Road. --Sister Esther Vincent, Secretary/Treasurer.


Under the distinguished patronage of Pastor Paul and Mrs. Joan Scavella, the Centreville's Children's Choir will host a grand concert dubbed, "Together We Worship" on Sabbath, 20th July 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the church. We are inviting all children's choirs and a special invitation is extended to all the children of the South Bahamas Conference, inclusive of their current and past choir leaders and members. This is an occasion you don't want to miss!—Mrs. Lorraine Duvalier.



Biggest Loser Challenge

The Women’s Ministries Department of the New Providence Church is inviting all persons who are interested in being a part of a weight loss lifestyle change program to join them every Sunday morning at 7:00 a.m. at Goodman’s Bay. For more details, please call 323-0610. --Sister Sharon Roach, Women’s Ministries Leader. 


The Praise & Worship Workshop Choir will be in concert this Sabbath evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Philadelphia Church.

Come One! Come All! Bring Your Praise. This is a concert you don't want to miss. –Sister Annette Dorsett.


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July 27, 2019 AT 7:57 P.M.