Royal Daughters of the King Arise, and Shine! 2016

    Royal Daughters of the King Arise, and Shine!

    The Bethany Baptist Church at 250 Bay Road in Wheeland, Providenciales was abuzz with activity on March 29th to April 1st, 2016 when the women of the Turks and Caicos Islands Baptist Union Women’s Missionary Band met for their 28th annual Women’s Conference, under the theme: ‘Royal Daughters of the King Arise, and Shine!’.  Theme Scripture passages were 1 Peter 2:1-9, and Isaiah 60:1, while the theme song was ‘I’m a Child of the King’.  Conference days were started at 6:30am with Prayer Meeting, followed with Workshops involving the topics: ‘Health Check – Living the Royal Life’, by Dr. Denise Tannent Brathwait, Chief Medical Officer, ‘Women of Grace Displaying Royal Etiquette’, by Ms. Blyth Clare, Tourism Training Officer, and ‘Legal Matters Relating to Women’, by Mrs. Sherlene Cartwright Robinson, local Attorney and Leader of the Opposition. General Sessions were held in the form of Evangelistic Services in the evenings. Speakers for these sessions were: Rev. Derek R. Hamilton, Pastor of the Bethany Baptist Church, Deaconess Comelita Handfield, and Deaconess Agnes Swann, both of Providence Baptist Church. Each Speaker challenged attendees to take a hard look at the theme, and to make the necessary lifestyle changes in order to display qualities of true Daughters of the King.

    During the Evangelistic Service on Wednesday, March 30th, there was a special time for recognition of our hard-working, faithful Women who have served the Women’s Missionary Band in their various local groups, and on the Executive Body of the Turks and Caicos Islands Baptist Union Women’s Missionary Band. The following Sisters were honoured:  Ivy Williams (Mt. Olivet), Flxie Forbes (Bethel), Jenderlyn Forbes (Providence), Ivasa Forbes (Bethleham), Mary Outten (Mt. Moriah), Rosilee Robinson (Mt. Moriah), Voinel Grant (Ebenezer), Hilda Robinson (Paradise), Thelma Lightbourne (Bethany), Yvette Gardiner (Mt. Lebanon) , Winefred McIntosh (Jericho), Amelia Been (Salem), Lothie Harvey (Mt. Herman), Annis Campbell (Ebenezer), Floreta Gibbs (Mt. Herman), Maglin Hamilton (Bethleham/Jericho), and Nell Gardiner (Mt. Lebanon). These sisters from all over the Turks and Caicos Islands, had served their local groups well, and we recognize that the rewards that they’ve receive here on earth cannot be compared to the rewards they would receive in heaven. We salute them, and thank God for their contribution to the work of Kingdom-building. On Thursday March 31st our annual Bible Quiz competition between two groups named Esther and Sarah took place, with Sarah being the winner. Quiz was based on the first ten chapters of the gospel of Luke.

    During the Evangelistic Service on the same evening, a tribute, followed by a moment’s silence, was given on behalf sisters of the Mission Sisters who had departed this life, and had gone on to their final reward: Sisters Carol Lightourne (Mt. Zion), Chrisada Johnson (Bethleham), Girlie Garland (Salem), Mary Estella Neat (Mt. Herman), and Emerald Johnson (Mt. Moriah). On Friday, April 1st at 8am a Prayer Breakfast was held in honour of past Director of the Women’s Missionary Band - Sis. Withlean Williams. This time of appreciation and reflection was reminiscent of the days of Sis. Williams’ sterling leadership. The conference ended with what is termed ‘The Calling of the Churches’ – a concert-styled celebration, where each island-group were given an opportunity to perform and shine like the Royal Daughters of the Kings that they are. To God be all the glory, great things He has done during this conference! We give Him thanks and praise and look forward to seeing all women at our 29th Conference in 2017!

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