Infused with a desire for transformation, the 34 congregations of the North Caribbean Conference (NCC) are united with Seventh-day Adventists in the Inter American Division on the “Lord Transform Me,” journey and have begun 2017 with a focus on prayer.
Pastor Silton Browne, President of the North Caribbean Conference affirmed the united stance: “Getting church members involved in the mission of the church is at the heart of making the “Lord Transform Me” initiative a successful one in [the] NCC.” The NCC Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Director, Dr. Henry Peters, expressed admiration for congregations which are on a quest for revival. Reflecting on the renewed spiritual zeal exhibited by pastors and lay leaders, the NCC Executive Secretary, Pastor Ammaran Williams, concluded: “There is a prayer revival going on around the North Caribbean Conference [and congregations are engaging in the initiative.]”
The NCC staff has been leading the way by participating in the Ten Days of Prayer and Fasting plan promoted through the Revival and Reformation initiative from the General Conference. As she visited the North Caribbean Conference Office, Pastor Claudette Andrews, retired Caribbean Union Director of Women and Children’s Ministries, was visibly moved by the prayer stations which beckon the community to “pause … praise … and pray.”
The NCC pastoral families are also on the journey and for one week in January, 2017, will be engaged in the annual Week of Prayer initiative which is facilitated by the Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists for pastoral families. Pastor Royston Philbert, Ministerial Secretary of the NCC, provided perspective: “The Week of Prayer seeks to inspire pastoral couples and their children to pray and study God’s Word; focus on placing their lives in God’s hands in order to grow spiritually together; and serve the church and community by sharing the good news of salvation. Our pastors are busy taking care of many congregations [and] we want to make sure they pause to join us from Sunday to Friday, to delight together in the Word of God.”
Leaders of the church in the North Caribbean Conference anticipate that this prayer revival will translate into transformed lives and mission-driven churches around the NCC.