Praise God from whom all blessings flow and a happy New Year to you and your families. The Administrators and Directors of the Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) wish for you God’s blessings and guidance throughout 2017.
Today, we are praising God for the way He led us through 2016. It is, therefore, with hearts of gratitude and thanksgiving that we would like to share with you the ten (10) events that we think have been our the most impactful moments of 2016:
- The CJC saw a miraculous turn around in its finances between the last part 2015 and early 2016. Within a year of workers being asked to take a 10% reduction in salary, we have seen over 13% growth in tithe and 6% in offering. Our liquidity ratio and working capital are currently above 100%. We praise God for His blessings and thank all our members and workers for their faithfulness, commitment to the Lord’s work and patience throughout our periods of challenge.
- Several communities and towns in Clarendon, Jamaica will never be the same again, thanks to the over 2,000 Adventist youths who participated in over 40 community services projects in the Parish during OSAY (Operation Save a Youth) 2016.
- For 2016, nine (9) conventions were held in nine (9) zones over a 10-month period. Thousands of members turned out at each location to receive reports on Ingathering activities, listen to the leadership of the conference explain their vision for mission and fellowship with other believers.
- The Church in Central Jamaica through its Health Ministries Department established its annual Health Summit and Lecture Series in memory of the late Hiram S. Walters, the first President of the Conference. The inaugural Summit was held on the on the weekend of July 9-10, 2016 at the Sydenham SDA Church in St. Catherine.
- In an effort to improve the quality of sound provided by the local churches during their worship services, the Communication Department of the Conference hosted a one-day seminar in Basic Sound Engineering for the local church Audio Technicians, 218 of whom were certified on the day.
- The Conference, through its Youth Ministries Department, started a recreational Football League which is expected to build deeper relationships between the church and community. The league started in November 2016 and saw 16 teams participating.
- The Conference has restructured several of its Pastoral Districts to create three (3) new Districts. This included the dividing of the Braeton, Newport and Spaulding Districts, out of which the Hellshire, Grove Town and the James Hill Districts were created. Two others (Portmore and Tent City) have been re-organised to improve on the quality of Pastoral care.
- A partnership forged between the US-based House of Blessing Lifestyle Centre and CJC has resulted in the breaking of ground for the construction of a 20-room Five Star Lifestyle Centre on the grounds of the Adventist-owned site at Camp Verley in Spring Gardens, St. Catherine. This event took place on December 22, 2016.
- Camp Meeting and Lay Institute 2016 focused on the various schools of ministry—School of Evangelism, Music, Resource Management, Education, Health and Prayer. There was a record number in attendance, especially during the Sabbath Services.
- The Campbell’s Castle Preparatory School experienced several transformational changes, including improvements to its physical plant, the acquiring of a school bus and approximately 80% increase in enrollment. The school also conducted a fund-raising fish-fry that saw them earning over one million dollars.
As we look forward to 2017, we continue to trust in God’s power and guidance as we seek to do His will.