God has been blessing the church in Jamaica in many ways, perhaps too many ways to highlight in one article, but here are a few reasons for us to celebrate.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:2-3
Let us thank God for a successful Women's Day on Sunday, September 30. In spite of the severe weather, the 291 Female Members of the Kingston & St. Catherine Regions had an attendance of 573 women.God blessed tremendously, and we hope that many lives will be changed as a result of that event and the work that we do after. Furthermore, it was encouraging to have Brian Santos share with the church in Kingston during the Sunday service and Michelle Santos speak at the Women's Day event. We are thankful to God for his love that manifests itself in our love for each other. We truly are a part of a wonderful kingdom.
Additionally, the churches throughout Jamaica baptized 7 people in September. Our new bothers and sisters in Kingston are Warren Cornwall (met by the Summer interns), Shauna Walker-Bird (Ricardo Wheeler's sister), Ingrid McKai (Charl Baker's cousin), and Andre Simpson. Montego Bay added Austinel Reid and Occain Hanson. Michael Fowler was baptized in May Pen. Be praying for the harvest, as there are several people studying the Bible who will soon be baptized. For example, Oswald Forrester, a Montegonian who is 69 years old and the father of Francine Forrester, has counted the cost is ready to be baptized. We are so delighted that many family members of disciples have been brought to Christ in recent years; it is confirmation of the fact that disciples' lives testify about the gospel. What is also encouraging to see is the gratitude, shown by hard work, of those who have been brought to Christ recently. Of note, Shaeed and Keisha Cole, who were restored in August, had out members of five families at a recent worship service. This was done in spite of the fact that they have four children (including a new born) who are home schooled. Some of their friends are now studying the Bible.
Although we grieve the passing of our brother Arthur Samuels, we are heartened that his life ended in Christ. Ionie Russell met him last year as he was begging at a bus stop. She began to take breakfast for him every morning, and invited him to church. Arthur attended church and began studying the Bible. He never missed a study. He was baptized in April last year, and was faithful to Christ to the very end. He became ill and was hospitalized in September. He succumbed to his illness while undergoing treatment on Tuesday, September 25. May he receive his reward along with all the saints because of his faith.
Ionie brought into this world a baby girl. Daniella Isabel Russell was born last week. We are delighted for the Russell family.
Brothers and sisters, let us thank God together for his kingdom and all that he is doing with us. May we remain surrendered to his will and give ourselves fully to his work.
Let us continue to pray for Damian JeanBaptiste, a great servant of the churches in the Caribbean. He was diagnosed with cancer, but are aware that God is a healer and redeemer. May God grant us our request for a full recovery.