New Convert Among 111 Newly Baptized Testifying of How Youth Campaign Transformed Her Life

  •   Adiese Jonas Murphy, Associate Communication Director
  •  Friday, August 17, 2018



Roneka Smith is one of One Hundred and Eleven (111) persons who gave their hearts to the Lord through baptism in the Hope for the World Evangelistic Series, which took place in Hertford Square in the Parish of Westmoreland, between July 7 and August 11, 2018. Smith described her invitation to the Gospel Series as the climactic moment which led to her decision to surrender her life to the Lord.  


“The Crusade for me has been a transforming experience” said the elated new convert. “Right now I miss it! But God has been good to me. I have been through so many things” recounted the buoyant Youth.


“I remember having a lot of challenges in my pregnancy. It kept me in the hospital all the time. I even had several near death experiences leading up to that and it was then that I started reaching out to the Lord in a serious way. I remember doing surgery at one point and the Nurse who attended to me afterwards, asked me if I was a Christian. With all I went through, I decided that it was full time to give my life to the Lord.”


Smith recounts being at home one day and receiving a visit from a Youth Bible Worker involved in the Evangelistic Series, who would eventually lead her one step closer to solidifying her faith in the Lord.


“I remember being at home one evening and there was a knock on the door” she said. “It was someone from the Hope for the World Series inviting me to the Campaign that night. I didn’t have any money to come, but the youngster told me that a bus would be provided. I should be ready to meet it at 6pm at the designated location. I decided that this was my opportunity to give me life to the Lord.”


Roneka, is now a member of the Petersfield Seventh-day Adventist Church in Westmoreland and is proud to share her testimony of Christ’s saving power with the world. “There is nothing else in the world for me, I have tried it all! I don’t regret making my decision for the Lord” she ended.


According to the Pastor of the District of Seventh-day Adventist Churches, Petersfield, Dwayne Jones, the Evangelistic Series was spearheaded by the Westmoreland Youth Parish Federation in association with the Petersfield Seventh-day Adventist District of Churches.


“We had five young people who worked as Bible Counselors and helped to clinch decisions for the Lord. They brought in candidates. The majority of those who were baptized” he said “are younger than thirty-five and being that the crusade was led by the Parish Youth Federation, it is worthy of notice. The Hope for the World Gospel Series and Youth Empowerment Programme was a success and we give God thanks for what has been achieved” ended the Pastor.


First Time Bible Worker in the Series, Amory Billings from the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Waterworks describes her experience on the mission field as on she will treasure for a lifetime.


“It was a great and wonderful experience and I am looking forward to working in this capacity again. I learned so much and saw the outpouring of persons’ hearts wanting to accept Christ, but struggling with their own personal challenges. All in all, I continue to encourage those seeking a closer walk with the Lord to go forward without fear and trembling and to ask the Lord to lead them.”


Governmental Agencies partnering with the Hope for the World Gospel Campaign and Youth Empowerment Programme included: The Heart Trust NTA, Child Protection and Family Services Agency, National Insurance Scheme among others.


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