Heaven rejoiced as thirteen candidates from varying socio- economic backgrounds and age groups surrendered their hearts to the Lord through baptism during the Hope for the World Gospel Series and Youth Empowerment Programme, held in Hertford Square in the Parish of Westmoreland. The baptism took place at the Fort Williams River on Sabbath July 14, 2018, among several jubilant witnesses, many of whom were relatives and friends of the candidates.
The Series which is hosted by the Westmoreland Youth Federation in conjunction with the Petersfield District of Seventh-day Adventist Churches has seen a steady attendance of approximately five hundred visitors, coupled with energized church members nightly and approximately eight hundred individuals on Sabbaths.
Evangelist for the series, Pastor Everett Taylor, expressed his delight in seeing the Youth of Westmoreland spearhead this timely evangelistic thrust, resulting in thirteen persons being baptized.
“I am happy to see the many young people coming out to the campaign,” he said. “I am especially delighted with the fact that it is planned by the Parish Youth Federation. It indeed was a joy to see those who decided to surrender” said the dynamic evangelist.
In an age where Youth are bombarded with the pressures of engaging in sometimes frivolous, meaningless and criminal activities, the Youth of the Westmoreland Federation has chosen to dedicate their energies in witnessing to their counterparts, both in the church and surrounding communities. Taylor, who has dedicated himself to the Lord’s ministry by serving as an Ordained Minister at the Lilliput District of Seventh-day Adventist Churches located in the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, testifies of the tremendous impact that the series has had on him thus far.
“The impact of the series on me has been great” he echoed. “I am really overjoyed to see these many young people involved in the programme and it has given me a greater spiritual energy” he ended.
With just under two weeks gone in the series, District Pastor Dwayne Jones has credited the aid of the Holy Spirit in the success of the campaign thus far and hopes that countless others will surrender their lives to the Lord before it is too late.
“The Series has been going great so far,” said the District Pastor. “The Lord is with us and the Holy Spirit is moving upon the hearts of worshippers. Included in the baptismal number, were five young people. As we continue to promote the programme, we hope that the numbers will increase both for attendance and baptism” he ended.
The Hope for the World Gospel Series and Youth Empowerment Programme continues its drive, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, to transform lives across the Parish. It is expected to end on Sabbath August 4, 2018.
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