Church in SVG mourn the loss of longest baptized Adventist member

08 May 2020 | Kerry Kerr

A beautiful sunny day with hardly any clouds in the skies found 89-year-old Evelyn Theresa Jack enjoying what would be her last day with her family.

Sister Jack was born on Thursday, 22nd January, 1931 in the Marriaqua Valley village of Richland Park to a family who became one of the first families to accept the Advent Message. Her father Joseph Bacchus ensured that all of his children were baptized Adventist Christians and helped established Christian education via the Adventist system in Richland Park.

Sister Jack accepted the Lord in 1944 and never looked back. For the past 66 years she served the Lord as Deaconess, Children Sabbath School/Branch Sabbath School teacher, Community Services member, Church Clerk and as a member of the Church Choir. She loved to sing. And was just as passionate about the Gospel work. She became a hardworking laborer in the Lord’s vineyard, ably declaring the Word of the Lord, and witnessing to souls in the name of Jesus. 

Her work as a faithful soldier of the Lord’s army carried over into her place of business, where she found time to witness to her staff and always point them to Jesus. Wherever the church went, whether by foot or truck, by lantern light or by daylight she was present and made her contribution. Her witness was made so much more effective by her warm and caring personality and her friendliness and openness which no doubt, would leave a deep void in all her relationships.

Interestingly, when Sis. Jack entered the world at a time of crisis, much as it is today. An economic crisis was encircling the world and the then government of Great Britain could do little if anything to help St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The young sister grew up in a large family, and honed her skills as a seamstress so that it became a useful means that she would use to assist her family in building a lifetime of memories. 

Her life patterns the words written in Proverbs 31 as King Lemuel’s mother guides him to reflect on the ideal woman. That woman’s work was not taking her away from her family, rather it guided her family to the Lord and showed them strength. Verse 17 says “She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.”

It is no secret that from her humble beginnings God blessed her and her family and she didn’t keep everything to herself. For as Verse 20 testifies, “She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.”

To the immediate and extended family members, friends, Church Family and by extension, the entire community; we the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Mission extend our deepest and most sincere condolences.