Fellowships on future
An estimated 150 members of the Caribbean Fellowship of Evangelical Students (CARIFES) will gather in Barbados for a four-day regional board conference, running from September 18 to 21.
The biennial conference, which will attract 27 overseas delegates and is being hosted by the Inter-School/Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Barbados, will hear reports from secretary of the Guyanese-based CARIFES secretariat headquarters, Desmond Rogers, representatives of the 11 national movements from the English, French and Dutch Caribbean, as well as from Marcia Wang of the British-based International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES).
Vice-chairman of the local IS-IVCF, Major Patrick Skeete, told High Note the various representatives would report on the work done during the past two years, re-examine the decisions taken at the last conference to see what actions had been taken, and chart the way forward. Board members from the national movements in the region will strategically plan for the development of the world in their fellowships and provide mutual encouragement and support, as well as pray for each other and for the work in the hemisphere.
Major Skeete, the retired chief executive officer of the Barbados Defence Force’s Cadet Corps, said there would be an Outreach Ceremony on September 19 to introduce the regional representatives to the partners and supporters of the Barbados national movement. There will be presentations of local student ministry and an opportunity to interact with regional brothers and sisters.
“People who have supported the local movement, donors, people who have held different posts in the IS-IVCF, former trustees and chairmen and teachers will all be at the Outreach Ceremony on Friday, September 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.,” he stated.
Major Skeete also disclosed that there would be a strategic planning session looking at staffing of national movements, dissemination of information on governance of these organizations, as well as strategic planning for the regional body itself. Presentations from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions will also form part of the four-day proceedings. He noted that delegates would also conduct a segment for a one-and-a-half-hour prayer session specifically for the work in the region.
“There will be a special aspect of the conference where Barbados will report on what the ISCF is doing and to make people aware the local movement is still alive and well in the secondary schools and primary schools,” he added.
He said that right now the fellowship was active in 13 of the island’s 22 secondary schools “and we are now trying to revitalise the dying ones”. Major Skeete pointed out, too, that the tertiary level institutions had active fellowships as well. One of the founders of the local movement, Robert Quintyne, will address the Outreach Ceremony and give the closing prayer.
Major Skeete said that one of the ceremonial highlights where chosen would be a song which could be easily interpreted and rendered together by the Dutch, French and English-speaking delegates. The conference is slated for the Barbados Workers’ Union Labour College in St Philip.
In other news, another American televangelist –– or should we say, two? –– are coming to Barbados. This time, it is the husband and wife team of Dr Creflo and Taffi Dollar. The Dollars will be here from October 9 to 11 for an “empowerment to prosper conference” scheduled for the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Wildey, St Michael.
The theme of their speaking sessions is Empowered To Prosper.
The event, hosted by Combined Churches, starts at 7 p.m. each day. However, there will be special morning sessions on October 10 and 11 at 10 a.m. Teaching the Word of God with simplicity and understanding is the goal of Pastors Creflo and Taffi Dollar.
Believing The Bible to be the written and inspired Word of God, their mission is to invoke change in the lives of people across the globe. Further, their desire and vision are for all to hear the Word and gain understanding of God’s love and promises.
With this global vision, Creflo Dollar Ministries functions as the helm outreach for World Changers Church International.