TOUCHING LIVES FOR CHRIST JAMAICA UNION CONFERENCE
he Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, as an integral part of the larger Christian community, have partnered with a number of individuals, businesses and agencies in addressing the social and spiritual needs of the marginalized and needy people in our communities through our annual Ingathering Campaign. As a result of these contributions, we were able to support thousands of needy persons with care packages and other welâ€? fare support and provide financial assistance to our partners in their social intervention response during the pandemic. Once again, we use this medium to thank you our valued stakeâ€? holders for your support, consideration and generosity over the years, and invite you to join us in our campaign this year. The 2020 Ingathering Campaign promises to be unique because of the present extenuating circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, it is our intention to execute the 2020 campaign in accordance with the new normal. As we embark on this annual initiative, we are mindful of the financial challenges that most people face at this time, due to the impact of the pandemic. Although some of you may not be in a position to contribute to the extent that you have done in the past due to the social and economic impact of the pandemic, we believe that most of you are eager and willing to play your part in relieving the pain and suffering being experienced by a number of our citiâ€? zens. We appreciate your generosity. Thank you for sharing through your financial support. As representatives of the Church make contact with you, interact with you and solicit your financial support, we expect them to uphold and abide by the protocols that are in place to contain the spread of the Corona virus. We also use this medium to encourage the general public to support the measures that are in place to limit physical contact between persons in public spaces with a view to cauterize the spread of the virus. Let us all practice social distancing, proper hygiene and the wearing of mask where necessary to limit the spread of this deadly virus and save lives. In spite of the negative effects of the pandemic, we are confident that the God of hope who has always used people and organizations like you in the past to provide for His children will do so again this year. God bless you abundantly and be safe as you protect yourself, your family and neighbour. Everett E. Brown (Pastor), CD, JP President
STATISTICAL REPORT Amount disbursed in the areas of scholarships, grants, etc. - $12,854,596.00 Number of: Universities - 1, High Schools - 8, Preparatory/Primary Schools - 19 Disbursed to persons in need - $12,220,380.70 Disbursed for health-related purposes - $8,073,885.27 Number of: Hospitals - 1, Health Centres - 3 3
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OFFICERS OF JAMAICA UNION CONFERENCE President:
Pastor Everett Brown
Pastor Meric Walker
Pastor Bancroft Barwise
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Cover photo: Pastor Wenford Henry (right), Country Director of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA Jamaica) presents a sample of food items valued at $500,000.00 to Mrs. Colette Roberts Risden, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Ministry of Labour and Social Security on Thursday, May 27, 2020 at its headquarters in Kingston. The items were presented to boost the Ministryâ€™s care package distribution to the vulnerable during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 4
Youth members from the Boundbrook Church in North East Jamaica Conference delivers care packages to members of the community.
Dave Ricketts assists Miriam Hutchinson, a community service leader, with loading a bag of rice into her vehicle at the Community Service Centre located at the West Jamaica Conference Headquarters, Montego Bay on Monday, April 6, 2020 to be distributed to her local area of Bogue Hill, St. James. 5
An ailing resident of the community of Windsor Heights receives a care package from a member of the Central Jamaica Conference Community Services Department on Saturday, September 19, 2020.
Pastor Everett Smith, Community Service Director of CJC making food distribution a single mother and her 3 daughters in Breeze Mill, Manchester whose house (at left) was built by the Seventh-day Adventist church.
The Heroes Circle Seventh-day Adventist Church members shared several care packages between March and September 2020. Sis Coreen Stephens (left) presents package to a member of the Rae Town community in Downtown Kingston, Jamaica.
Linval Morris, Elder of the Seventh-day Seventh-day Adventist Church, Dias hands out a package to an elderly resident of the community of Dias in Hanover on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS The Trinity
There is one God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons usually called the Trinity. God the Father is the Creator, Source, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all creation. God the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ, through Whom all things were created; the character of God is revealed; the salvation of humanity is accomplished; and the world is judged. God the Holy Spirit draws men and women to Himself and gives spiritual gifts to the Church.
Christ our Hope In Christ’s life of perfect obedience to God’s will, His suffering, death, and resurrection, God provided the only means of atonement for human sin, so that those who by faith accept this atonement have eternal life.
Christ’s Return The second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of the Church, the grand climax of the Gospel. His coming will be literal, personal, visible, and world-wide. When He returns the righteous dead will be resurrected and together with the righteous living will be glorified and taken to heaven. The unrighteous - those who have rejected divine grace - will die.
The Church The Church is the community of believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. In it men and women join together for worship, fellowship, instruction in the Word, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, service to our neighbours, and the world-wide proclamation of the Gospel.
The Holy Scriptures The Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God, given by divine inspiration through holy men of God who
spoke and wrote by the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures are the infallible revelation of God’s will.
Baptism Baptism by immersion is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit.
The Ten Commandments The Ten Commandments, the great principles of God’s law, are exemplified in the life of Christ. They express God’s love, will, and purposes concerning human conduct and relationships. Salvation is all of grace and not of works, but its fruitage is obedience to the Commandments, not in hopeless effort to earn salvation, but in grateful harmony with the life and will of Him whose perfect obedience has brought us confidence and acceptance as His sons and daughters.
The Sabbath The seventh day of the week, Saturday, is observed as the day of rest, worship, and ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a day of delightful communion with God and one another. We joyfully observe this holy time from Friday evening to Saturday evening, from sunset to sunset, as a celebration of God’s creative and redemptive acts.
The New Earth On the new earth, in which righteousness dwells, God will provide a glorious home for the redeemed with a perfect environment for everlasting life, love, joy and learning. God Himself will dwell with His people, and suffering and death will exist no more. A full summary of our 28 Fundamental Beliefs can be found online at http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/
Central Jamaica Transformation Outreach in Homestead Community Centre. Daniel Grant assisting in Art and Craft.
Pastor Christopher Atkinson of the Washington Gardens and Balcombe Drive District of Churches, hands a care package to a community member on Thursday, April 30, 2020.
Excited member of the Mount Pleasant Community shows off his care package given to him by members of the Adventist church.
Sis. Massey from the Comfort Castle Church delivers a well needed stove to Gerald Samuels, a member of the community of Comfort Castle.
Bro. Jasper Haye (right) of the Macedonia Adventist Church hands a package to a member of the Maxfield Gardens community in Kingston. 10
Members of the Clermont Adventist Church repairing the house of a member of the community.
Patricia Young (right), President of the ASI Missionaries Jamaica Senior Executive, presents a care package to two of the recipients of an outreach held on August 23, 2020. (Top Inset) Over 70 packages were distributed to citizens of St. Thomas and Kingston in the project organized by the ASI Missionaries with the support of the (EJC) Conference Wide Development Fund (CWD), IADPA. Packages included, Food and toiletries, backpacks and school supplies, and literature books.
Keith Gardner of West Jamaica Conference (WJC) assists with the packing of bulk food for distribution in communities of St. Elizabeth.
Members of the Boundbrook Community Services Dept. assist community members with meals prepared by the department as part of their weekly community outreach programme. 12
Pastor O'Brian Hawthorne hands over a new house to a family in Trelawny. 1
1. East Jamaica Conference intern, Pastor Michael Junior delivers a Covid-19 care package to a Waltham Park community member. 2. First Elder of the Hagley Park Church, Alpheus Bailey, delivers a Covid-19 care package to one of our members located in Linstead, St. Catherine.
East Jamaica Conference Womenâ€™s, Childrenâ€™s and Adolescents Ministries director, Elder Claudette Genas brings smile to Mrs. Rickeishi Orr of the Oak Glades Church whose house was damaged by a fire. 13
A member of the Central Jamaica Conference Community Services Department (left) presents a back to school package to a parent of the community of Windsor Heights.
Sis. Vinette Green (centre) of Andrews Memorial Adventist Church happily sits in her new wheel chair which was presented to her by the East Jamaica Conference Special Needs and Possibilities Ministries. She is flanked by Pastor Eric Nathan, President, East Jamaica Conference (left) and Pastor Carl Cunningham, EJC Director, Special Needs and Possibilities Ministries. Beside him is Elder Denise Brown, Associate Director, Special Needs and Possibilities Ministries. 14
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