Volume 19, Issue 06
St. Augustine Evangelical Bible Church, Cor. Agostini & Bellesmythe Sts. Curepe
Christafari has been sharing the gospel through music since 1989. We are full-time missionaries that raise support for all of our trips and expenses with Sowers International.
Our mission has always been to reach the lost at any cost. But what about the third world countries the developing nations that can't afford to bring out even one of us? So we decided to become musicianaries, full-time musical missionaries that go to the ends of the earth to preach the Gospel to those who could never afford to bring us out. God has given us this huge platform in different countries. So we can throw a stage up in the middle of nowhere and the people know who we are! Music is a universal language that really speaks to all cultures and all languages. And in that we're able to attract people who wouldn't normally go to church or respond to other forms of ministry. It's a great opportunity for big crowds to come to hear and we just give them the Gospel. One thing that sets us apart from so many other bands is that we always preach the Gospel. At every single concert, we give an opportunity for people to respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ. We are called to reach the lost. Meaning the suicidal teenagers, the homeless, the drug addicts, those that are in broken families... Pretty much everyone.
Another part of our mission is reaching the lost. It's really cool having the opportunity to minister to the tribes around the world because I come from an island nation. There's nothing like that moment when we get to give the Gospel to see as many people as possible to come to Christ. God has called us to reach "the least of these." Think about trash cities in Honduras. Think about the slums in Kenya, or even Papua New Guinea, and reaching the little girls that we meet with no clothing and here we are able to provide clothing or those who don't have food and being able to feed them. And then we bring them the Gospel, the truth, the message of hope, the message of love. Everything that Jesus represents. Every one of our concerts is free. And we have set out to minister in third-world and impoverished nations on every single continent. But we can't do it on our own.
We need musicianary partners such as yourself. Would you be willing to join our monthly support team and help send us out to the ends of the earth to reach the lost at any cost and make disciples of all nations?
To partner with us please visit: Christafari.com/donate
Thanks for your support!
First Borough Retreat in 3 Years!
Twenty-one years ago, a teenager from Point Fortin who had just dedicated her life to Christ a few months prior, approached an elder from her church to ask if she could spend the weekend with his family at his home in Dow Village over the Point Fortin Borough Day weekend. As a young believer, she had no desire to participate in the activities where there would be behaviours contrary to God's Word, so she was looking for a way to escape the festivities. When some of her friends from church heard what she wanted to do, they decided to come as well. This was the beginning of Borough Retreat, which became an annual tradition for the young people of Mahaica Gospel Hall in Point Fortin. At each Borough Retreat, we combine biblical sessions with fun activities, so it is usually greatly anticipated by all.
This year, however, was different. Apart from us not being able to host any retreats for the past 3 years due to covid-19 restrictions, from 2017-2019 there was not a significant number of teenagers attending Mahaica Gospel Hall, so for those years, the participants at Borough Retreat came from Bible Club - the community outreach we have to the children of Dow Village. God's Word is faithful and He continues to build His church, and we were excited to learn that in 2023, there is an active Sunday School class of teenagers at Mahaica Gospel Hall. After Easter, I contacted their teacher, Candice, and together we started planning for this year's Borough Retreat.
We encountered one major obstacle - the current group of teenagers knew nothing about Borough Retreat. Most of them had only started attending the church within the past few years, so they had no idea what it was about. One young man informed Candice that he had already bought his jersey for J'ouvert, so he was not about to miss out from Borough Day this year. Only two persons indicated they were interested in attending, with a third saying maybe. We did not let the numbers deter us; we figured that two youths were worth having the retreat, and trusted that God would bring those who needed to be there and continued planning. Candice invited some young adults who had attended Borough Retreat as teenagers to share their experiences, and after they were finished, twelve children said they wanted to come. Candice contacted the parents to convince them to entrust us with their charges for the weekend.
On Friday evening, I met with 4 of the young adults who attended Borough Retreat when they were teenagers. I told them that they had to start taking ownership of Borough Retreat from this year forward, so I wanted them to be a part of the process of developing the devotions. Together we studied the book of Jonah, and pulled out interpretation and application questions from chapters one and three that would help to challenge the teens to not shirk their responsibility to share their faith with their friends. It was such an encouragement to me to see these young adults leading the devotions on Saturday and Sunday morning!
As announced at SAEBC’s October 2022 Business Meeting, the Pastors and Elders are preparing a Leadership Development Program that will begin in February 2023. The goal of the program is to identify and prepare members who are willing to fill leadership posts in the future within SAEBC: Ministry Leaders, Deacons, Deaconesses, Elders, Pastors or Beyond SAEBC: AEBC, Missions, Para-Church Organisations
In the past, SAEBC has found Pastors from within its Eldership and Elders from among its Deacons. The church membership has endorsed this approach to growth and development. This requires that members make themselves available for training and appointment or election to leadership positions.
We invite those who feel the call to Church leadership involvement to prayerfully consider the application below. Please complete and submit this application to the church office (in written form via Email or WhatsApp) and you will obtain an interview for inclusion in the program.
The head of the Church, Our Lord Jesus Christ, both calls and equips leaders for His body. Pray/work with us as we seek to find His provisions for SAEBC.
Please download and fill out the interest form below
Giving Thanks to Mothers
My mother taught me:
TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE: If you are going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning in here.
RELIGION: You better pray that stain will come out of the carpet.
LOGIC: If you fall out of the swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.
When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.
IRONY: Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.
TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE: Shut your mouth and eat your supper.
Look at that dirt on the back of your neck.
THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.
JUSTICE: One day you’ll have kids of your own, and I hope they turn out just like you.
Prayer & Praises
Let’s Pray Without Ceasing
For our students that are still doing exams CAPE, Tertiary
With the reopening of our Area Groups, let’s pray for continued spiritual growth and development and for a renewed and strengthen bond among the membership
As we near the July-August vacation let’s keep in prayer all preparations for VBS and vacations camps such as IS/IVCF, in terms of provisions, staffing and a healthy turn-out of attendees
As we head into the rainy season let us remember those living in flood-prone areas
The Yearwood’s as they prepare to leave for the mission field
Let’s Give Thanks
Those among us who have answered and continued to answer the call to serve on the missions field
Continued freedom to pray, worship and serve God in our country and region
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this will all men know that you are my disciples, if you love one another" - John 13:34,35
Pastor Francis Warner
Men's Committee in Charge
Rev. Jerry Singh
Elder Joe Caterson
Ministry + One Way Missions Steel Orchestra
Sunday Junior Church
Wednesday Prayer Meeting