Across the Union, Fields Are United in Prayer
11 Jan 2021 | NCC Staff
In 2021, the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s annual “10 Days of Prayer” and the Caribbean Union’s “40 Days of Prayer” have overlapped. Recognizing that “… men ought always to pray, and not to faint …” the sister fields of the Caribbean Union (CARU) united in support of both calls to a personal spiritual awakening. The CARU prayer marathon was organized by its Prayer Ministries Department which set up a forum to engage communities of faith, small groups and social media clusters in search of a revival through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Dr. Kern Tobias, President of the Caribbean Union, stated, “We often don’t spend enough time with our Lord in prayer. It is an essential element of the Christian life.” Dr. Tobias welcomed attendees on the first day of the prayer journey and introduced Dr. Samuel Telemaque, the Sabbath School Director of the Inter-American Division and main presenter for the journey.
Dr. Samuel Telemaque urged attendees to be persistent in prayer, “God is birthing a new movement around the world through prayer. In the Caribbean Union, He is going to do something marvelous through this movement. This is an opportunity to make sure that prayer is the central focus of the Caribbean Union. We believe that, through this opportunity, God can really pour out His Spirit on this territory and that His work will advance as we commit ourselves to a lifestyle of prayer.”
On the first day, the virtual prayer forum almost reached its capacity with more than 900 attendees. Pastor Ashton O’Neil, CARU Personal Ministries Director and main organizer, quickly made plans to accommodate an anticipated overflow on portals hosted by sister fields. Organizers have ensured that prayer requests will be prioritized during each one-hour huddle. A team of 1000 prayer intercessors and warriors, around the Caribbean, will keep the prayer requests before God on each day of the journey.
Pastors and laity from the North Caribbean Conference (NCC) swelled the number of attendees on the prayer portal. Doris Richardson, from Sint Maarten, attended the first early morning intercessory huddle and testified that it was a blessing. Pastor Desmond James, President of the North Caribbean Conference, added, “We’re confident that an intentional focus on each person having a strong and vibrant spiritual life will lead to churches that have a greater sense of love for community and a greater focus on, and success in, evangelism and community services.”
Mrs. Gerene Joseph, the Prayer Ministries Coordinator of the North Caribbean Conference, encouraged more members to join the empowering journey. She commented, “It is part of our spiritual preparation for the Caribbean Union Virtual Evangelistic Program that will be launched on February 26, 2021, with international preacher, Dr. Claudius Morgan. God will do something great.”
Pastor Ashton O’Neil concluded, “Our greatest need is not necessarily better strategies, even though it is good to plan strategically. Our greatest need is to connect with Jesus, the all-powerful Creator of the universe, and to allow His power and mission to shape our lives and plans. We should all be people of prayer and people of the Book. This is the essence of the Christian life.”