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Community challenged to minster to needy

Pastor Caple Thompson, Director of Community Services for the Adventist Conference, speaks about the obligations of Christians to serve the less fortunate.
Pastor Caple Thompson, Director of Community Services for the Adventist Conference, speaks about the obligations of Christians to serve the less fortunate.

The church community has been challenged to continue supporting and ministering to people in need during a Thanksgiving message delivered by Pastor Caple Thompson, Director of the Community Services Department of the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The appeal was made on 3 December during a community Thanksgiving service and fellowship luncheon at the George Town Adventist Church.

“When a man is hungry and you give him food, you can then tell him about the Christ who is the bread of life,” Pastor Thompson said. “When a man is thirsty, and you give him water, you can tell him about Jesus, the one who says, ‘I am the water of life.’”

An estimated 75 people from various Grand Cayman communities were bussed or otherwise transported to the 3 December service and luncheon. Invitations to the event were issued on a non-denominational basis and served about 250 people.

Pastor Thompson quoted portions of Isaiah 58 and God’s command “to loose the chains of injustice … to set the oppressed free … to share … food with the hungry, to provide the poor wanderer with shelter, and to clothe the naked.”

Community Services Volunteers serve lunch at the fellowship dinner following the thanksgiving service.
Community Services Volunteers serve lunch at the fellowship dinner following the thanksgiving service.

Also during the event, he recognised George Town Church’s Community Services Leader, Mrs. Elsie Myles who was instrumental in coordinating volunteers and leaders while arranging the 3 December activities. Prior the service and luncheon, Community Services Day was observed with home visits, where food and reading material was distributed. Groups also visited the sick at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

The luncheon was hosted by George Town Church. During the event, the church’s Pastor Wilton McDonald encouraged the Community Services leaders and volunteers to continue to rise to the challenge easing heavy burdens and sharing resources with those less fortunate.

“We serve not to have ourselves blessed, but to bless others,” Pastor Thompson emphasized during the 3 December events.

 

The Andante Singers under the direction of Elder Rohan Riley in their song of meditation before Pastor Thompson’s sermon.
The Andante Singers under the direction of Elder Rohan Riley in their song of meditation before Pastor Thompson’s sermon.

He referred to the Adventist church’s work in the developing Manna Centre in the Savannah area. The centre, which is expected to open in 2017 is expected to offer legal, medical and general counselling services at no cost to the community.

 

 

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