At least 90% of the 53 pastoral districts in Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) of Seventh-day Adventists were engaged in one, two or three weeks of evangelistic series for Preach-a-thon 2018. As a result, 216 persons were baptized for the period November 3-24, 2018.
Pastor Jermaine Swaby (left) of the Hellshire District of Churches, along with a Deacon and Deaconness assist a newly baptized member out of the water after. 4 persons were baptized from the Hellshire District during Preach-a-Thon and 216 overall. | Credits: Damian Chambers, CJC
Candidates for Baptism take their vows at the Greater Portmore Church on Baptism day for Preach-a-Thon 2018. Over 200 persons were baptized for the period of Preach-a-thon 2018. | Credits: Damian Chambers, CJC
According to Conference President, Pastor Levi Johnson, “My profound commendations to the Team members under the leadership of Pastor Barrington Mclean. We saw a demonstration of the strength of unity.”
Pastor McLean, Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Director of CJC and the person responsible for organizing Preach-a-thon 2018 also commended the Pastors for their efforts. He said, (addressing the pastors) “I would like to say thanks to you for having planned and executed Preach-a-Thon 2018. The reports have been very encouraging.”
Preach-a-Thon was launched in 2015 as a tool for motivating and mobilizing the lay preachers for the final quarter of the year. It was previously dubbed ‘Lay Preach-a-thon’. However, for this year, the word ‘Lay’ was removed to indicate that Preach-a-thon is not only for Lay members, said Conference president, Pastor Levi Johnson, but for Pastors, Workers of the Conference and all members of the churches in Central Jamaica Conference.