The Seventh-day Adventist Church, Davis Cove, Hanover was an atmosphere of excitement for the 51 newly invested Master Guides during an investiture service on Sabbath, November 9, 2019. Master Guides in Training (MITs) were excited to receive the acknowledgement for their arduous efforts throughout their training and inspired to “Go beyond the ordinary”.
Master Guides receive the highest level training of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to lead junior youth, including Pathfinders and Adventurers. Pastor Dane Fletcher, youth director of the Jamaica Union Conference charged the newly trained to extend themselves for the youth that they will train.
“Go beyond the ordinary and be the best model of Jesus,” said Pastor Fletcher “You are ambassadors of Christ. Serve with excellence, and inspire them to be model citizens, ever ready to make a positive contribution,” ended the Youth Director.
Ramon Grizzle, the top MIT from St. James, expressed his appreciation for the discipline and knowledge that the training provided, “The Master Guide training is a wonderful programme. It allowed us to meet new and wonderful persons, who helped us to be focused, work as a team, follow commands and to believe in yourself. At the end of the day we realized that anything that we put our minds to, with God’s help, we can do it.” he explained.
According to Karlene Daley “The programme has helped her to be “more appreciative of the culture of Seventh-day Adventism. I was especially taken aback when I studied the heritage of the Church. I liked what I read, and knowing the history now, I think I am more equipped to share and to tell others about our foundations and why we are so strong as a church,” she emphasized.
“The investiture service for me is a milestone,” continued… “I stopped along the way and almost stopped again but I am happy that I kept going and made it to the end, I feel accomplished and that I have achieved something great,” she added. She went on to committing herself to attend future investiture services MITs from her local church.
President of the Master Guide Association, Katia Davis believed that it was a successful stint for this batch of MITs and also acknowledged the sacrifice of the instructors.
“Instructors and members of the executive have sacrificed their resources to volunteer for this noble cause and for that we give thanks,” said the satisfied President. “God has given us a mission that is to be accomplished ‘the advent message to all the world’. I am thankful that we are able to add to the cadre of youth leaders that will do their part in fulfilling this mission,” ended Master Guide Davis.
The day’s programme included a special march pass, that took attendees and congregants to a nearby playfield to view the trainees on parade for inspection. Special guest speaker Pastor Dane Fletcher, the Jamaica Union Youth Ministries Director, also shared in the Divine Service and afternoon ceremony.
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