Behold I Send You!

4th July 2018

The charge, 'Behold, I Send You,' was given on a deacons and deaconesses day which took place at the Hackney Seventh-day Adventist church on Sabbath 30 June 2018. Sabbath School Superintendent, Cecille Reid, charged members and officers to answer the call God has given on their lives when called to minister for Him. Presenting the lesson study was Elder McKenzie from the Stoke Newington SDA Church. In concluding, he said: "In order to follow Christ, we must die to self. We must do everything we can to be ready for His glorious return and allow the Holy Spirit to be our constant guide."

Pauline McDermott presented a poem encouraging listeners to step out on God's word.

The mission story, presented in the form of a video, showed a few of Hackney's housebound members sharing their positive experiences of visits and special services they had received throughout the year by the deacons and deaconesses of the church.

The guest speaker was Elder Colin BlackwoodElder-Colin-Blackwood from Manchester. Speaking on the topic – It Can’t Be, Elder Blackwood shared points on the importance of being good ambassadors for Christ. He said: "We are all ambassadors (representatives) of Christ. Ambassadors often have a code of conduct which means they are expected to behave in a certain way. Daniel was an example of a good ambassador for God. Ambassadors look after, protect, nurture and warn the sheep. They protect the interests of the church."

Elder Blackwood concluded his message by reminding the church that they should refrain from criticising the leaders and if tempted to gossip they should do so about the Gospel. Deacons and deaconesses then came to the front as Elder Blackwood offered a prayer of dedication for them all.

The day came to an exciting end as two people gave their lives to the Lord in baptism. Irvin Merchant from Jamaica and Nadejda KarkelevaNadejda-Karkeleva from Romania, both gave their lives to the Lord after studies with Ann Williams and a Irvin-Merchant-baptised-by-Pastor-Joojo-Bonnievery happy Ruby Merchant, wife of Irvin Merchant. The two were baptised by Hackney's Pastor, Joojo Bonnie, who, in his address to the candidates said: "You have made the best decision of your life. From this day forward many temptations will come your way but I encourage you to keep your eyes on the Master and He will carry you through."

The deacons and deaconesses sang He will carry you through, bringing an end to what proved to be a very special day for all who were present.

[Darell J Philip]

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