The Importance of Adventist Education

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Adventist Education cultivates and embraces biblical principles. It reinforces precepts taught in the Seventh-day Adventist home and church.   According to Ellen White in the book Education she says, “in the highest sense the work of education and the work of redemption are one.”Therefore, integration of faith and learning is germane to every lesson, where students’ worldview of their Saviour becomes prominent and relevant to skills, behavior, and concepts honed.  In addition, Week of Prayer and Day of Prayer are just a few imperatives that nurture students in the family of God.

  • Mental, physical, social and spiritual health, intellectual growth, and service to the world are values that form the philosophy of Adventist education. According to “The Adventist interest in propagating education were founded upon the philosophy that students at all levels of schooling possess individuality and should be educated to use their God-given capacities to become individuals of principle, qualified for any position of life.”
  • Students and parents alike are grateful for a safe environment. Other educational systems constantly battle with violence, gangs and partying. Parents are constantly seeking a safe envenvironment for their children and Adventist schools provide that atmosphere for them. Fundamentals of Christian Education states, “I am glad that we have institutions where our youth can be separated from the corrupting influences so prevalent in the present-day schools.”
  • Parents are pleased to know that discipline in an Adventist school is redemptive and not punitive. Students are encouraged to process their wrong doing and when discipline is administered it is done in a loving manner. Prayer is offered and students and the disciplinarian seek God to change the behavior.
  • Adventist staff members go above and beyond the call of duty. They instill in our children the importance and art of cognitive reasoning, instead of having them become
  • mere reflectors of other men’s thoughts.  Adventist educators are unsung heroes and heroines. In our conference setting, a scholarship plan is sustained by staff members. This is a deliberate effort to assist students financially.
  • Students in Adventist schools have risen to a high level of competence as they compete in national competitions. Students at Bahamas Academy recently competed in the Accounting Bowl and were rated in the top three schools. Success in other competitions are too numerous to mention. Students often supersede our academic expectations.

   Adventist Education accentuates Christ in its mission as we participate on the global stage. The documentation is replete with successes. In spite of this, a deluge of obstacles is stacked up by the enemy; but Adventist education still focuses on having the image of God restored in each student. This determination is internalized by each educator as a divine mandate and so the sustained effort to remain relevant cannot be lost.

Adventist Education, what an important resource to equip our students for this life and the life to come!

Mrs. Juliette Sands, Principal, Bahamas Academy


2: International Women’s Day of Prayer
9: Convention to the Family Islands

10: YWOP Preacher’s Training - SBC Office Board Room
13: Day of Prayer for Educational Institutions
16: Global Youth/Children’s Day
16: GC Global Youth Day¨ Adopt a Prisoner, a Patient an Orphan Joint Youth Rally – Edmund Moxey Park
17-22: GC #YWOP (Youth Week of Prayer Local Churches) Visiting College Students
23: Adventist Education Emphasis Day
23: GC Youth Homecoming Day & Youth Baptismal Sabbath
24: Communication Leaders/Media Teams Training
24-29: Uchee Pines Wellness Seminar, Seale Alabama
28: SBC Executive Committee Meeting
30: Stewardship Emphasis Day
31: CHAM - Sabbath School Lower Division Teachers Training




2019 Reaping Campaigns in ATCU:  The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, March 24 – March 30, 2019 is: Blessing on the Children – Our Girls.


Please note that Sabbath School supplies are available, and we are asking churches to bring their accounts up to date. Thank you for your continued support.

 Tania Nomafo, Assistant ABNC Manager


ASI FAIR:  The ASI Fair will be held on Sunday March 31, 2019 from 11a.m - 5p.m at Windsor Park. To be a vendor at this event, please contact Elder Ian Greene, ASI President at 556-0492 or Ms. Shandera Smith, Executive Secretary at 428-4251. Registration is ongoing.

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. Registration is ongoing. --Ms. 

  Shandera Smith, Executive Secretary, A.S.I.



March 31  –   Sabbath School Lower Division Teachers Workshop. Venue: Message of Hope Church. Time: 9:30a.m –11: 30a.m     Receive information on instruction, resources, and crafts to enhance the lesson study for children.

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



Sunday March 24, 2019 - Easy Worship Software Training.   Venue: Message of Hope Church - 9:30a.m -12noon. Instruction will be given on software installation, operation, troubleshooting, etc. Two media persons from each church are asked to attend. Please bring a laptop computer with you (if possible) that can accommodate the software.

Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, Communications Director.


Let’s Talk Radical Recovery - Rise Above Divorce In Confidence & Love.   A 10-week program to provide support for healing and transformation for women who are separated, divorced, or going through a divorce. Wholeness, healing, strength, and courage are waiting for you.   For further information on registration WhatsApp 824-1564 or email


Mind Body Connection Seminar:   Monday April 1, 2019 - The Health Ministries Department of our conference will be hosting a Public Health Lecture at 7pm at Hillview Church. Topics for discussion include: Suicide prevention and Symptoms of Depression. All are invited. For further information, please call 323-0610/341-4021or

I Want to Live Healthy Seminar:  Wednesday April 3, 2019 - The Health Ministries Department of The Atlantic Caribbean Union will be hosting a training session for the “I Want to Live Healthy” tool on at the ATCU headquarters, Gladstone Road. Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. All health leaders, pastors, departmental directors, and Adventist Health Professional are invited. RSVP or further information please call 323-0610/341-5153 or

Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Ministries Director


Adventist Men & Boys Meet & Greet:  On Sunday, April 7, 2019 all men are invited to a breakfast Meet and Greet at 6a.m. at the South Bahamas Conference Camp Grounds “BaMiVoCa” under the theme: “Men United in Christ”. Plans will also be discussed for the department.

 Men's Benefit Concert:  A Men’s Concert will be held on March 31st at the Hillview Church at 7:30p.m. You are asked to bring a love offering which will be used to assist with the medical expenses of our brother in Christ, Sam Markland of the Grants Town Church. Artists will include: The Adventist Men’s Choral, Grants Town Church Choirs, Colyn Major, Teacher’s Truth, among others. Come and show your support.

Elder Curtis Bryan, Men’s Ministries Coordinator



First Quarter (January - March)

“WE” (Women Empowerment) - at a glance:

March, 2019
24 – Berea GEMS Vision Board Meet & Greet
29 – Hillview Women’s Ministries “God’s Daughters Embrace”- Long Island Weekend Retreat
30 - “God in Shoes” - Zone 1 Community Outreach - Geriatric Hospital at 4p.m - 6p.m
 -Mrs. Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director.



S.O.A.R (Solutions to Obstacles Adventist Retreat) April 12-14, 2019.   As the Seventh-day Adventist church continues to find new ways to minister to a changing world, it is important for its leaders to come aside and evaluate how effective our methods are with regard to fulfilling the gospel commission. To this end, the Ministerial Department of South Bahamas Conference will host a special training program for all Church Leaders April 12-14, 2019 at the National Training Agency on Gladstone Road. This gathering is designed to give all attendees the opportunity to participate in relevant workshops, share in meaningful discussions, and receive specific training in specific areas of service to the church. Special guest presenter for the plenary sessions will be Dr. Gordon Jones. For more information, see the conference website or call 242-341-4021.

Pastor T. Basil Sturrup, Ministerial Director



A meeting will be held for all Personal Ministry Leaders and Personal Ministry Council members of all local churches, on Sunday 24th March 2019, - 9: 00a.m at the conference office.

Pastor Peter Joseph, Personal Ministries Director


  1. All Prayer Coordinators of the various churches within the South Bahamas Conference are kindly asked to meet on Tuesday March 26, 2019 at 6:00 p.m for a very important meeting in the boardroom at our conference Headquarters.
  2. The Day of Prayer and Fasting will be on April 6, 2019. As far as possible all churches are to be involved.
  3. Our first joint prayer meeting for 2019 will be held at the Johnson Park Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday April 7th. All members are invited to join as we spend time in prayer.

Pastor Leonardo Rahming, Prayer Ministries Coordinator.



Sabbath School teachers training will be held on March 29 & 30, 2019, 6p.m-8p.m & 4p.m -7p.m respectively at the Grants Town Church.  All adult unit teachers are expected to be present and on time. The newly elected Sabbath School Director for ATCU, Mrs. Jennifer Kerr will be in attendance. –

Pastor Leonardo Rahming, Sabbath School Director



Georgia-Cumberland Academy Camerata Visits:  On April 16 – 24, 2019 this group from one of our Adventist institutions in Georgia will be travelling to Nassau for a mission trip. They will also be ministering through music during this time.

Sister Annette Dorsett, Music Coordinator


Bahamas Oakwood Alumni Association

A general meeting for all Oakwood University alumni will be held on Sunday March 24, 2019 at 3pm at Living Faith Church. --

Chinyere Ijeoma, President.



At Bahamas Academy, the month of March will be our Anti-bullying Campaign. We will have a special Chapel on Wednesday March 27, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m. and culminate the month with a Color Run on Sunday March 31, 2019 @ 6:30 a.m. Leaving from the school grounds on Marshall Road to the Golden Gates Shopping Center and returning to the school grounds. We are inviting everyone to show your support

for our school and the Anti-bullying events planned for the month of March.

Mrs. Nadia Rodriquez Bueno, Bahamas Academy, Special Services.


Philadelphia Church

BUS DRIVER NEEDED:   The Philadelphia Church is requesting qualified applicants for the position of church bus driver. Interested persons are invited to email Elder Kirk Smith at

Annette Dorsett, Church Clerk

Please Email Weekly Announcements by Tuesday @ 1pm to:

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Telephone: 242-341-4021

March 30, 2019 AT 7:25 P.M.