The Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists recently concluded its highly anticipated Women’s Ministries Convention at the West Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church. The event, themed “Let Him Lead the Way – I Will Go,” brought together over 600 women from across the Cayman Islands to empower, inspire, and encourage personal and spiritual growth.
Guest Speaker Patrice Williams Gordon, the Speaker/Lead Coach-Consultant at Deliberate Living, graced the convention with her powerful insights. Deliberate Living, a Christian, motivational, and inspirational organization, focuses on empowering individuals to pursue their dreams and make a positive impact on their lives and those around them.
Throughout the weekend, Gordon emphasized the importance of making decisions in alignment with biblical principles, reminding attendees that every choice leads down one of two paths.
On Friday evening, Nichola Edgar shared her journey of battling and overcoming stage 4 cancer, attributing her healing to the power of prayer. Her testimonial touched the hearts of many, highlighting the strength and faith that can emerge in times of adversity.
Saturday morning featured another compelling story, this time from Annette Brown. She shared her experience of falling ill while travelling, including her heart stopping and a coma lasting seven days. Despite two flight delays that diverted her to Miami Airport, where she fell seriously ill, she ultimately received the necessary healthcare and survived.
Corry Chambers, the Women’s Ministries Director of the Cayman Islands Conference, expressed her satisfaction with the convention’s outcomes. She shared, “The theme for the convention embodied this quote from EG White. All who work for God should have the Martha and the Mary attributes blended—a willingness to minister and a sincere love of the truth. Self and selfishness must be put out of sight. God calls for earnest women workers, workers who are prudent, warmhearted, tender, and true to principle. He calls for persevering women who will take their minds from self and their personal convenience and will centre them on Christ, speaking words of truth, praying with the persons to whom they can obtain access, labouring for the conversion of souls.—Testimonies for the Church 6:118. It is my hope that convention 2023 inspired all the women of the Cayman Islands Conference to “Go!”
The convention featured various musical performances that added to the uplifting atmosphere.
A special feature by Sharon Danvers encouraged attendees to write down their personal or family issues and pin them to crosses placed at the front of the church. Ministerial Intern Roshe Riley led a heartfelt prayer for these concerns on behalf of the attendees.
Additionally, a Health Symposium was held as part of the convention, where several doctors conducted breakout sessions addressing various health topics:
Dr. Schade Stanton, an Internal Medicine Specialist at HSA, discussed low blood count.
Dr Glaister Bell, a Geriatrician at HSA, shared insights on ageing gracefully and ensuring optimal health in one’s senior years.
Dr Natalie Sharpe, a Hematologist Oncologist at Jasmine, focused on cancers in women.
Dr Clovet Hessing, an Obstetrician Gynecologist at the Center for Women & Child Health, provided valuable information about endometriosis.
Dr Rohan Moving, an Internal Medicine Specialist at HSA, addressed weight management.
Dr Alison Duncan, a Dermatologist at Integra Healthcare, discussed sun safety and skin cancer prevention.
The Women’s Ministries department in the Cayman Islands continues to provide inspiration, empowerment, and spiritual growth for women in the Cayman Islands. And the Women’s Ministries Convention for 2023 will be seen as one filled with powerful testimonies, motivation, and educational sessions which left attendees invigorated and ready to embrace their journey with faith and purpose.
By: Devarro Whittaker, Associate Television Producer, Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.