April 29, 2022 | Codrington, Barbuda | Davin Scarborough
The Adventist Seventh-day Church in Barbuda celebrated Youth Week of Prayer, 2022, in a very big way. This year featured the Bon Appetit Drum Corps out of Antigua. Under the leadership of Darien Daniel, a contingent of 16 individuals joined the Barbuda congregation over the weekend, March 18 – 20. The Antigua group camped out at the church grounds with the district pastor, Davin Scarborough.
Youth Week of Prayer coincided with Global Youth Day, March 19. The Church in Barbuda, donned in golden yellow Global Youth Day t-shirts, had a march of witness on Sabbath morning with the Bon Appetit Drum Corps. The combination of the drums and coordinated strides of church members thundered through the streets of Codrington which captured the attention of pedestrians and drivers.
As the march of witness concluded, church members and visitors marched triumphantly into the sanctuary and began the Youth Week of Prayer with praise and worship. Among the special guests was Elder Vernon Frederick, AY island coordinator, who gave full support and commendations to the work in Barbuda. From all accounts, persons were blessed by the service, and the positive responses as Ridge Taylor, AY assistant, preached the word testified to this.
After the service, the brethren enjoyed fun, food and fellowship with a potluck. The Church also ensured that all the police officers on duty that day, including those who escorted them on the march of witness, received hot lunches. After all were fed, a small group went into the community to give care packages to the “forgotten” for the Global Youth Day. Each home expressed their appreciation for the initiative. This memorable day ended with a gospel concert by members of the Bon Appetit Drum Corps and a grand social for the youth and visiting friends.
Though the Bon Appetit Drum Corps members had to return to Antigua the next day, the impact felt set the precedence for the week of revival. The preachers were: Emily Simon, Sheona Jeffrey, Azara Nedd, Jeniah Lewis, Justine Griffin, Kenrika Nedd, and Ridge Taylor.
Each night of the revival saw visitors coming, and by midweek, calls were being made for persons to surrender to Jesus Christ. It is worth mentioning that five youth responded to the appeals. While consent was not given for them to go forward, the Church in Barbuda trusts that they will be given the opportunity to do so in the near future.
On the afternoon of the final day, all of the preachers and managers were awarded for their hard work. With the various demonstrations of giftedness in the youth in Barbuda, the future of the work in Barbuda looks bright! To God be the glory, great things He has done!