The community of St. Eustatius experienced a crusade with a difference from February 10th through March 9, 2019. The crusade, which was themed, “The Bible Speaks Explosion,” saw for the first time ever, children featured prominently each night of the crusade. Pastor Wynfield Ambrose and his wife, Director Linda Ambrose, teamed up in a mission to evangelize the community of St. Eustatius. The pair left no stone unturned as they proclaimed the, “Thus saith the Lord”.
Director Ambrose, through storytelling, was tasked with the privilege of keeping the children involved and excited – and they were excited! It was awesome and indeed refreshing to see children, ranging from the age of 2 to early teens, rushing to the stage to the sounds of the song, “Get on Board little children.” Some were even accompanied by their parents and guardians. Every night the children were encouraged to invite their friends. Night after night, the number of children grew to the point where the stage was not big enough to hold them all. The stories focused on virtues and values such as gratitude, courtesy, integrity and obedience. The story-presentations captivated the children and also held the attention of the adult congregation.
The nightly services included prayers and special music. During the week before the crusade, Elder Henley Daniel, of Antigua, conducted a fiery week of revival. He stayed on for the duration of the crusade as a Bible Worker and brought the petitions of the congregation before God nightly. Curleen Francis, of Grenada, was a special guest who functioned as a Bible Worker and blessed the hearts of the congregation with her melodious singing.
However, the main feature of the nightly services was the presentation of the Word of God by Pastor Wynfield Ambrose. His style of injecting the colloquial version of English provided entertainment for the congregation without diminishing the impact of the messages. Pastor Ambrose sought, through the nightly messages, to dispel the façade that there are multiple churches. He reiterated in many of his messages that there are only two churches – the Church of God and the church of Satan. Many of his messages also focused on keeping the whole Law of God, highlighting the truth that to break one commandment is to break them all.
The final message of the crusade was entitled, “The Man Who Was Buried Alive and Lived to Tell It.” The message focused on the character of Jonah and the price he had to pay for his disobedience. It encouraged the congregation to respond to the call of God and to do whatever He asks us to do, as the consequence of disobedience is too great.
For the past four weeks, the Spirit of God moved on the hearts of the many visitors at the services. In the end, 20 souls were converted and baptized with many others requesting Bible studies while in the valley of in-decision. The Pastor and SDA community of St. Eustatius wish to thank Pastor Wynfield and Sister Linda Ambrose for their commitment to evangelizing the community of St. Eustatius. We also wish to thank Elder Henley Daniel and Sister Curleen Francis for their invaluable contribution to the support team. We also extend thanks to the North Caribbean Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for its initiative in this regard.