ASI/IBI Campus Ministries Day 2019

Some 550 students from 10 tertiary institutions across the Island  met in the Ballroom  at King’s House on Saturday, September 21 for the annual  Campus Ministries Day Youth  Panel Discussion sponsored by Adventist-laypersons Industries (ASI)  and the I Believe Initiative (IBI).

Under the theme “The Builder’s Mindset,” the five-member panel discussed four sub themes, “The Builder’s Floor Plan: The Blueprint,” “Our Mind the Biggest Boulder,” “I Have the Tools . .. But How Do I Use Them,”  and,  “How to Build When No One Else Is Building.”

Commenting on how to find the  blue print,  Guest Panelist,  Dr Peter Walker,  suggested that persons think outside the box.  Dr Walker,  who has developed an online gaming system, said the idea came to him one day while he watched his young son  at play.  This system allows  children  or adults to  play with their  friends around the world without leaving their homes. In 2008, he  was awarded the Texas Business Journal Tech Innovation Award for Gaming Technology.

Dr Lisa Walker,  Motivational Coach, said that obstacles were what God put in man to help him to grow.  She said  God has created us that we can turn any challenge into opportunity,  “Use what you have and  create a goal or plan around it,” she suggested.

Sydney Watson, Shortwood Fraternity President, observed that the main building tools to success were prayer, fasting, and dependence on the Word of God.

Advent Fellowship President, Xaundre Mohansingh charged the  students “Never let a good dream die because failure is not final.”  Prayer, love, and integrity were important building blocks, and one should never be afraid to stand alone.

Pastor Glen Samuels, President,  West Jamaica Conference joined the other panelists in giving personal,  real-life experience of persons who triumphed over adversities and made good through trust in God, hard work,  and honesty.

In his welcome, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen congratulated the students  who had successfully completed GSAT, CSEC, CAPE and were now  at University.  Describing it as a “great feat’ Sir Patrick encourage the students to continue on this same trajectory, and not  let anyone or anything distract them from their goal.

The Governor-General reminded them that they were not alone as the Holy Spirit was always with them every step of the way.   Noting that they were at College and University to prepare for service, Sir Patrick said, “Be faithful  to your mandate and calling in whatever you do. Be who you are at all times, work hard, study hard, pray hard, worship hard, and play hard and afterward enjoy your success.  Don’t let anyone steal your joy.”

This is the third year that ASI and the IBI have partnered  for  the Campus Ministries Weekend.  The main activities comprised  a Youth Forum on Thursday night, September 19;   Vesper  Service on Friday night, September 20;   Divine Service,  Bible Study, Adventist  Youth presentation,  and Vespers on Saturday, September 21  at the Andrews Memorial SDA Church.  The weekend ended with a social.

Participating institutions included  the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus), the Mico University College, the University of Technology, the Shortwood Teachers’ College, Northern Caribbean University (Kingston Campus), the College of Arts,  Science and Education Church Teachers’ College, Brown’s Town Community College, Knox Community College,  and the Moneague Teachers’ College.

ASI is a membership-based organization of Seventh-day Adventist laypeople whose mission is “Sharing Christ in the Marketplace”.  The  IBI is a values-based initiative which focuses on Youth, the Family and Education.