29 Dec 2017
On Sunday, December 10th, 2017, the organizers anxiously waited at the Carnival Cruise Port in Miami, Florida to ensure that all 64 registered attendees of the fabulous "Lord Transform our Families" Cruise 2017 were present. Thankfully, all 64 persons arrived at the port on time, and at
The South Leeward Mission's Family Life Department had been
The program was very relaxed, as the "cruisers" (the name affectionately given to the group) were free to enjoy the many benefits of the luxurious vessel. On board, there were spas, swimming pools, massages, a basketball court, miniature golf course, a running track, a water slide, a gym and much much more. The cruisers could often be found relaxing on the Lido Deck watching a movie and snacking on something or playing table tennis. Others were found shopping at the onboard gift stores or simply sitting on a deck chair and letting the wind blow through their hair.
Monday, December 11, was a full day at sea, and at this time, the entire group came together for the opening session and welcome. It was a fun-filled time as the children welcomed all the cruisers, and everyone got to know each other through a well thought out icebreaker. There was excited laughter as the cruisers moved around the room interviewing each other. Shortly after that exercise, the main facilitator,
Yet another presenter was Pastor Charles Heskey who was joined by his wife and three children on the cruise. Pastor Heskey presented to the singles on the topic, 'Single and Focused.' He was also
There were amazing devotional sessions by Pastors Doyle and Challenger, and
Other highlighting moments of the cruise were the celebration sessions during which time birthdays and wedding anniversaries were celebrated in style. Pomp and style permeated the atmosphere as the cruisers attended the Captain's dinner on
On the islands of Isla Roatan and Grand Cayman, there were organized private tours. On Isla Roatan, the cruisers got to see the Regional SDA Headquarters of the Bay Islands Mission, and on Grand Cayman, a few of the cruisers got to swim with stingrays.
Indeed, the Lord did "Transform our Families." People could be heard expressing their joy of being on the cruise. In one of the open sessions with
God's ideal is that families enjoy and spend quality time together - whether you are a part of a nuclear family, a single parent family, are single by choice, divorce,