by Rev. Algernon Lewis
Chairman of PEC
If my memory is accurate, we are in missionary season. Most congregations I know have their missionary service this time of the year. We grew up with the notion that mission is a fixed date on the calendar which is unlikely to change – 5th Sunday of September, 3rd Sunday of October and the like. But is it really? Can we localize missions to a day or ever a season?
How do we understand the great commission (Matthew 28:19-20), Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey every-thing that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. The great commandment is Jesus’ marching orders to the church, the called-out people of God, to get busy moving towards to the nations to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. That activity cannot be localized to a day, a month or a season. Missions is life. For us as Moravians, mission is who we are; the passion that burnt in the veins of our spiritual forebears.
God Makes the Impossible Possible
by Rev. Dr. Cortroy Jarvis
Chairman of PEC
August 13 is a very significant date in the life of the Moravian Church. It was on this date 1727 that the Moravians had its spiritual rebirth. It began with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the Bertlesdorf Chapel with the Holy Communion and then the 100 year contin- uous Prayer meeting. This year then marks the 291st year since the Moravian Revival.
The Moravian brethren had sprung from the labors and martyrdom of the Bohemian Reformer, John Hus. They had experienced centuries of persecution. Many had been killed, imprisoned, tortured or banished from their homeland. This group had fled for refuge to Germany where the young Christian nobleman, Count Zinzendorf, offered them asylum/refuge on his estates in Saxony. They named their new home Herrnhut, 'the Lord's Watch'. From there, after their baptism in the Holy Spirit, they became evangelists and missionaries.
Bishop John E. Knight Golden Age Home Nursing Home Facility
Community to the Bishop John E. Knight Golden Age Home Project (JEK Project).
By now you should be very familiar with the Bishop John E. Knight Golden Age Home Project (JEK Project) and we hope that you would have taken the opportunity to visit our website at www.bjekhomeandmission.com. If you have not done so we encourage you to do so now.
For the last 4 months we have shared with you about the projects history, the numerous challenges encountered and the services that will be offered at the facility. We also provided a number of pictures to show the progress of the work and hope that you are as excited as we are about this project and how it will serve our community and enhance the Moravian Church’s Missionary Outreach Programme in the Antigua Conference.
Twenty-First Anniversary of the Moravian Church in Cuba
Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,
Twenty-one years ago, in a very humble home in a neighbourhood of the Cerro Municipality in Havana, the foundational work of the Moravian Church in Cuba began; long has been the road travelled since then in the effort to raise on Cuban soil the banner of our beloved Unitas Fratrum.
When we look back on the experiences we have lived in this endeavour, we remember the many efforts we have had to make to move toward our goals, and the difficulties and limitations we have had to face as well as the moments of tension, disappointment and anguish that have not been few on this path, but we also rejoice and praise God in our hearts when we remember the many achievements and triumphs obtained. From that small group in that Havana home, today we are a church present in seven territories of Cuba and increasing the scope of our work and the impact on the life of our people in this particular historical juncture that Cuba is experiencing.
Our Bishops Message of Hope in the Wake of Hurricane Irma
September 13, 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We greet you with every good wish in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Chief Elder.
Living in islands which were spared from the wrath of Hurricane Irma, we want to offer words of empathy, encouragement and solidarity with all those members in the islands which have been bruised and battered.
We share your pain, anxiety, shock and loss, your sense of bewilderment and displacement and we pray for your present comfort and speedy restoration to a sense of normalcy.
At this time, we would briefly share thoughts from an event in the life of Jesus’ disciples and Jesus himself.