The choir sang “Praise Him! Praise Him!” as the Eastern Caribbean camp meeting began on Sunday, July 10, at the new headquarters church in Smith Bay, St. Thomas.
During the announcements, Michael Anthony, the Eastern Caribbean District Superintendent, noted that this was the first camp meeting to be held in St. Thomas in over thirty-two years—fulfilling a dream of the past leadership.
The large crowd that had gathered included over 120 delegates representing our churches in Haiti, St. Vincent, and the United States. Greetings were read from others who were not able to attend.
Everyone was led in prayer by Rolland Deler, District Superintendent of Haiti, and before the message, the choir sang “Lord, You Are Holy.” Brother Michael took his text from Romans 6:16, which says, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”
A fellowship luncheon followed the service, during which old friendships were renewed and new friendships were forged.
For the evening service, David Ekpin of Birmingham, Alabama, led the congregational singing, and Edward Dixon, the pastor of our church in Columbus, Georgia, delivered the message. He spoke from Mark 10:46-52 on six things Bartimaeus saw before Jesus opened his eyes.
On Monday morning, a Sunday school workshop was presented by Eunice Ekpin of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She gave several keys to preparing for and conducting Sunday school classes. Many participated in the group discussions and activities.
In the evening, the song service was led by Lessie Dixon of Columbus. The message, given by Brother Rolland, was taken from 2 Corinthians 13:14 and focused on the grace, love, and fellowship of the Lord. At the close of the prayer service, everyone was asked to fast for one meal if possible.
On Tuesday morning the Lord rewarded! As the congregation entered the sanctuary, they were drawn immediately into prayer and thanksgiving by the strong presence of the Lord. The service did not officially begin until thirty minutes later. Peterson Passade, of our Lafayette church in Brooklyn, New York, then gave a teaching titled, “The Foundational Graces.”
Nidia Turnbull of St. John led the evening song service, and Ene Ekpin of Philadelphia gave the message. He preached from Joshua 5:13-15 on discipline in God’s Army. A great prayer service followed, and at least one person received sanctification.
On Wednesday morning, David Narine of Penal, Trinidad and Tobago, gave a teaching on “Your Prayer Closet.” Afterward, the session was opened for questions, and many items were clarified concerning the importance of a prayer life.
In the afternoon, a presentation was given on “Healthy Caribbean Home Practices” by Dale Morton, an official from the local university.
In the evening, Monica Anthony of Smith Bay led the congregational singing. Then Kathleen Plunkett of Mansionweg, St. Eustatius, preached from John 4:13-14, focusing on “The Living Water from Heaven.”
The young people were the focus on Thursday. The day began with a financial presentation by Terrance Lake, including Scriptural references for tithing, saving, temperance, budgeting, and other factors which lead to success in a godly manner. The afternoon session included a video on the power of prayer, followed by discussion. The youth service in the evening was led by Krisvin Fraites. A highlight was a presentation by puppeteers and bell ringers from the Primary Department of the St. Thomas Sunday school. The message was given by Sharon Allen of Brooklyn, who took her text from Mathew 19 and centered on which things are most important for the kingdom of God.
An evening concert was held on Friday to close the camp meeting. A song was presented by every congregation in attendance, and there was an encore performance by the Primary student bell ringers.
Brother Michael reports that the camp meeting was a spiritually refreshing experience for all who attended. He said they already look forward to meeting again next year from July 16-21, should the Lord tarry.