28 Apr 2019 | Staff
The Dedication and Thanksgiving Service, which saw Administrators from all over the Caribbean in attendance, began promptly at 3:00 pm. The Pathfinder Honor Guard was inspected by Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Hon. Ralph E. Gonsalves accompanied by Inter American Division Vice President, Dr. James Daniel; CARU President, Dr. Kern Tobias; and SVG Mission President, Pastor Dermoth Baptiste.
In true military style, the national flag and the flag of the SVG Mission were raised by the Pathfinder Color Party to the accompaniment of the SVG Mission Drum Corps. The Laying of the commemorative stone was done by Dr. Kern Tobias who invited Dr. the Hon. Ralph E. Gonsalves to assist. Stalwart members, Selwyn and Mercelle Jones were tasked with cutting the ribbon, which had been placed in an aesthetically-pleasing manner on the door. Pastor Bertie Henry (CARU’s Treasurer) substituted for main donor, Mr. Mahase Ragoonath, who could not make the ceremony due to unforeseen circumstances.
The keynote speaker, Dr. James Daniel shared an enlivening message on thankfulness entitled “Are we thankful or ungrateful”. He challenged the audience that in all things we ought to give thanks.
The entire proceedings had been meticulously planned and were executed with precision and appropriate circumstance and fanfare and was well supported by both clergy and laity from across the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Mission. Dedication as a vital, first step helps us to trust God more for the strength to restore and to continue to rely wholly upon His presence when the hard work of rebuilding is done. With the help of God, the SVG Mission will continue to build on what He has provided.
The Administration, staff and members all share their gratitude with the entire Caribbean Union and the Inter-American Division for their thoughts, prayers, support and contributions towards our little Nehemiah Project. May God continue to guide, as we all move closer to the New Jerusalem.
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