Central Jamaica, March 20, 2021 - "I was immensely blessed by the programme!" was the general sentiment shared by several congregants who joined the Adventists across Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) virtually for the official commencement of the, 'It's All About Relationship Family and Health Evangelistic Seminar, on Saturday, March 20, 2021.
The viewers were spiritually uplifted by soul-stirring songs such as 'Jesus Is Coming Soon, Morning, Night or Noon', sung during the praise and worship segment to start the seminar and prepare the worshippers to experience heaven on earth through life-changing presentations, soulful music, power-packed prayers, among other items.
The seminar was broadcast on CJC's live platform, NCU TV/Radio, Bless TV and other media outlets and provided meaningful ways to create healthy families in an unhealthy world. Due to the surfacing of health and relationship issues, CJC's President, Pastor Levi Johnson, his Officers, and the Conference Directorate opted to organise an evangelistic series to address the lingering family, health, and relationship needs, which is a proven method of winning people to Christ.
International ministry partners from Canada, America, and England gathered online with the 54 local pastoral districts in the constituency and other supporters outside of CJC to promote positive values in relationships and healthy lifestyle practices through a relevant seminar.
Dr Dolphy Cross, one of the two guest speakers who responded to the call to promulgate the Word during the seminar, which is scheduled to end April 3, was the first presenter to secure the attention of the virtual audience through a spirit-filled charge titled, 'Take Him to His Mother'.
Dr Cross skillfully painted a portrait of a woman and a child in the Bible who represent the Church and young people, respectively. According to Dr Cross, when church members, particularly young people, leave the church to mingle with the world, bad things can and will happen, "You start to get involved in drugs and other ungodly activities", he explained.
"The longer you stay away from the Church, the worse things will become for you", he continued. The Florida-based Pastor shared that God is a God of relationships, and He does not wish for the family to suffer or be separated despite the world's current realities.
The afternoon's portion of the programme featured an interactive discussion about building positive relationships with like-minded Christian young people, a few musical selections, prayers, and another presentation from Dr Cross were streamed. In his final words, Dr Pastor Cross echoed that humankind was created to have fellowship with God and healthy relationships with each other. "We serve a God who is all about relationships", he said.
Day one ended on a powerful note as hundreds of viewers were encouraged to utilise the online chat feature to indicate their desire for a vital relationship with God. The seminar, which is aimed at targeting 10,000 souls during a pandemic season, is a strong indication that the Church in Central Jamaica is still on the move and will continue to reach the world and transform lives with the Gospel of Jesus.