On Sabbath April 13, 2019, the Seventh-day Adventist Conference Centre came alive as discussions and presentations surrounding the benefits of Adventist Christian Education took centre stage.
Parents, teachers and students from Seventh-day Adventist schools within the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, gave sterling testimonials of the spiritual, academic and social succesess their children achieved because of attending Adventist Schools. For them, Adventist Christian Education is still the way to go!
“I am totally satisfied with the Education system in the Seventh-day Adventist Church,” said Ingrid Sonlin, a parent. “I have three brilliant children, they do well academically, but my greatest satisfaction is seeing them have a relationship with the Lord.
According to Elder Brian Willis from the King’s Seventh-day Adventist Church who works at a premier high school in Western Jamaica, he has seen where the teachers at Harrison have made a tremendous effort to ensure that the students achieve academic success.
“I have never seen a student prepared to sit 13 CXC subjects at one sitting where I work” he said. “Harrison was able to prepare a student to sit 13 subjects and that child was successful with top grades. I have benefitted because I have seen my own child become successful from what the teachers have done to make sure that he maximized his time.”
Also participating in the day’s activities was Education Director of the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Michael Henry, the guest speaker for divine service and who also shared the numerous advantages of being the recipient of a Christ-centred curriculum.
“We know and understand that God has raised up His Church for a special purpose” said Henry. “The interesting thing is, that all these things that we use around us to say that we a are successful will soon be destroyed. If all your ambition is solely to achieve material possessions and to rub shoulders with certain kinds of societies, you’re flying too low.”
The expo focused on the theme: Adventist Christian Education- Building Bridges for Eternity. Other activities included the main presentation by Nadeen Campbell from Northern Caribbean University, rich gospel singing from students across the schools in the Constituency, presentations and testimonials.
According to Education Director of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Stephen Drummond, “The objectives of the day’s programme was achieved. The execution went well and benefactors, including parents, children and others spoke of the benefits of Adventist Christian Education. There was widespread concern about the limited numbers Education sponsors from the Constituency in attendance to benefit from the showcasing of talents and the information. The mandate of the department is to equip students for this life and for eternity,” he ended.
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