A few years ago, several ecclesias in Guyana began to organize in their respective areas a Vacation Bible School (VBS) for the Sunday school students and the surrounding community young people. These schools are organized for an entire week, during the day each day, where the children enjoy Bible songs, lessons, crafts and games. The effort and dedication to put these schools on by both brethren and sisters for an entire week in the summer months is extraordinary, and the response to their efforts was truly a blessing from the Father Himself.
Jamaica is known throughout the world as a beautiful and hedonistic vacation spot. For our Christadelphian brothers and sisters though, life in Jamaica is far different than the opulence portrayed in the holiday brochures.
On New Years’ Eve, as the world was preparing to celebrate, the home of two of our beloved sisters in the Round Hill ecclesia was burned to the ground. Severely disabled, Sis. Jannette Elliot was pulled out of the burning home by her sister in the flesh, who thankfully arrived home early from work that day. Sis. Moesha Graham alsolived in the home with her mother, and her aunt Sis Jannette, so she too is currently without a home. By God’s blessing, no one was injured during this terrible event.
We’re very happy to announce the baptism in San Salvador of our new sister Rebeca Fernández, 23, on December 28, 2018. Being the daughter of Bro. Manuel and Sis. Silvia Fernández, Rebeca grew up in the meeting. Her decision to become part of the family of God, following in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus, has given much joy to her parents and her ecclesial family. Since the baptism was held on the eve of the annual Bible school, most of those from abroad were already in town. Consequently the San Salvador hall was filled to overflowing, with more than 100 of us present to witness the event.
Bro. Manuel both baptized his daughter and gave the talk, highlighting the accomplishments of the women of God in the Bible and encouraging Rebeca to follow their example. Afterwards the ecclesia served a delicious supper of pupusas and empanadas and many stayed until late, welcoming our new sister and enjoying each other’s fellowship and friendship.
Written by Bro. Jim and Sis. Jean Hunter
It is with much joy that we announce good news from La Paz Bolivia: the baptism of two men. After several years of attendance and studies, Brothers Jose Antonio Loraand Sami Borjawere baptized into the saving name of our Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in a rented indoor pool in La Paz, Bolivia.
Seventeen were present for the baptisms, and all returned to the meeting room to finish the reading of Romans chapter 6 (referred to at the baptism s), enjoy singing hymns and share refreshments. Brother Sami is Sister Magaly Borja’s nephew, and we are happy to say that more of her relatives and friends have expressed interest in the Truth.
Once again, I have been treated to the warmth of fellowship of my brothers and sisters in Ecuador. This fellowship was more enhanced by the choice of study the brothers and sisters had requested. I was asked to spend the eleven days of my visit in the study of the Book of Revelation. With the appearance of “the Lamb” throughout the entire book, what more could we desire than to be constantly reminded of the supreme sacrifice of our Saviour, Jesus Christ and the promised Kingdom?
On earlier visits, Sister Carol and I would sleep in the rented accommodation that also served as the meeting room for the ecclesia. Now they meet at a hotel further to the south of Quito. Because we were to meet every day at that Hotel, I spent 4 nights there as well as the home of Brother Cesar and Sister Mariana. In addition to our meeting in Quito, Brother Cesar and Sister Mariana drove me along the spectacular route to spend a night in Ambato, 3 hours from Quito. There we were to discuss many aspects of our faith with our dear Brother Vinicio and then, the following day, break bread together. Four other members travelled on the Saturday to meet with us and encourage our isolated brother.