You have come this far by faith! The Lord has preserved and guided you through the most challenging quadrennium since the existence of the St. Lucia Mission of Seventh-day Adventists. It was difficult, but by the grace of God, you rose to the challenge. Undeterred by the ravaging global pandemic, you pressed on by faith, and here you are today. We do not know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future. Ellen White rightly states, “We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history” (9T, 10). May God continue to bless and guide you as you forge ahead, advancing the cause of His kingdom in Saint Lucia. Maranatha!
Dear Esteemed Delegates:
My wife and I congratulate you on another significant milestone—your sixth Quadrennial Session. Your theme, “Going With God: Soaring to New Heights,” speaks appropriately to a collaborative journey to places you have not been before, in pursuit of the Lord’s agenda. We wish you sterling success as you seek to provide kingdom value to your internal and external publics.
It is no secret that the prevailing times call for innovative and bold visioning at a time when change is the new normal. The pandemic has taught us that good health and a strong immune system are essential for survival. This lesson is vital for physical as well as for spiritual wellbeing. Additionally, COVID-19 has taught leaders and members alike that the Church must learn to exist in complexity. This means that while social and economic uncertainty prevail, and situations become increasingly volatile and ambiguous, St. Lucia Mission must, like the sons of Issachar, understand the times and know what to do.
We, therefore, encourage you to approach the divine task, anchored in godly humility. In 1 Chronicles chapter 14, God highly exalted David’s kingdom “for the sake of His people Israel”. Secondly, David did not merely depend on military strategy but he enquired of God twice whether he should fight the philistines. And thirdly, “the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations.” The lesson is clear: St. Lucia Mission is sure to be firmly established if leadership and members alike engage in mission for the sake of the common good—the wellbeing and salvation of others, and the Church will succeed if she humbly seeks God’s direction in every initiative. Consequently, the mission will be exalted and its influence will be felt in every stratum of society.
In the words of God penned by the prophet Isaiah, St. Lucia Mission “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10, NKJV). St. Lucia Mission, indeed, go together and soar to new heights. And do not forget to keep your lamp trimmed with godly fear, for Jesus is coming soon. Thoughts of the St. Lucia Mission remain a constant in our affection, and we continue to pray for you.
Yours in the blessed hope.