The Seventh-day Adventist Church New life in Sandy Hill, Anguilla held the “Walking in the Light of God” Children and Adolescent Campaign 13 October to 4 November 2023. This evangelistic campaign was a resounding success, as young members from various Seventh-Day Adventist Churches in Anguilla took center stage to deliver powerful messages from God. The event, which aimed to inspire, edify, and shape the hearts of men, featured eight exceptional young individuals who fearlessly shared ten messages of hope.
The presence of the Living God was undeniably felt throughout the campaign, as these young ambassadors showcased the vitality of Adventism in Anguilla. It became evident that God has gifted the community with future leaders who will diligently carry on the work of spreading His word. The Seventh-day Adventist Church New life gave recognition to the following speakers: Sisters Rhia Williams, Renisha Thomas, Tynesha Vanterpool, and Cordia Wilson, as well as Brothers Denari Neckles, D’dray Neckles, Clayton Thomas, and Ruel Florent.
Commencing the campaign was Sister Rhia Williams, who reminded the audience that the word of God is the ultimate source of light. Brother Denari, on Sabbath night, urged brethren to steer clear of darkness, as it may lead to destruction, emphasizing the importance of turning away from sin. Renisha, on Sunday night, reminded the congregation that salvation is available to all, regardless of their circumstances. On Monday night, Brother Ruel delivered a powerful message encouraging the congregants to accept Jesus, as without Him, there is no life. Sister Tynesha, on Tuesday night, guided the audience through the scriptures, highlighting the significance of walking in the light and avoiding darkness.
Wednesday night saw Sister Cordia, who enlightened the congregants on the noticeable change that others should witness in our lives when we walk in the light. Brother D’dray, on Friday night, emphasized the transformation that occurs in people’s lives when they walk in the light and faithfully uphold God’s commandments. The impact of these messages were profound, stirring confusion in the enemy’s territory
Unfortunately, Hurricane Tammy disrupted the originally scheduled grand closing, prompting its rescheduling and the addition of two additional nights to the campaign. Sister Rhia also delivered an inspirational message on the following Sunday night, for which she expounded, that a life without “The Light” leads men astray, causing men to deviate from their core values and wander aimlessly. Sister Linda Ambrose, the Children and Adolescents Ministries Director of the North Caribbean Conference stated that “it was inspirational and quite uplifting to see the children in action for the Lord.” She added, “This is evidence of succession planning within the church. I am elated to know that the future of our church is in the hands of spirit-filled, creative young people.”
Sister Shakibah Fanus, the Children and Adolescents Ministries Leader of the Seventh-day Adventist Church New Life and coordinator of this series stated that “witnessing the Children’s unwavering dedication to the Lord was truly amazing. We often underestimate our children, but we need to remember that once they allow God to use them, they will be mighty warriors. While no one gave their life to Christ, we appreciate the guests who came out nightly to be a part of this evangelistic series and I know the seed has been planted.”
During the evangelistic series, the Children not only presented the word of God, but also actively participated in song service, special music performances, ushering, and announcements. The Seventh-day Adventist Church New Life extended gratitude to all who contributed to the success of this evangelistic effort – the Pastor and leader of the New Life company, the Children and Adolescents Ministries Coordinator, and her team, as well as the supportive members and guests who attended each service. Pastor Howard Simon commented, “during this campaign seeds were sown, lives were touched, and we look pledge to continue the united efforts in the Lord’s vineyard, diligently working until His glorious return.”
The Seventh-day Adventist Church New Life is one of the 4 congregations in Anguilla which was formed after two evangelistic series conducted by Lay Evangelist Mel Robinson and Dr. Claudius Morgan. Pastor Howard Simon currently serves as the minister for the Seventh-day Adventist Churches District 1 in Anguilla, Mount Fortune and New Life.