Volume 17, Issue 9 St. Augustine Evangelical Bible Church, Cor. Agostini & Bellesmythe Sts. Curepe
Faithful Through The Ages.... Passing the Baton
The Future Depends On What We Do With The Present...
As we commemorate our upcoming 55th Anniversary this month, growing through service, growing as a church in these difficult times, and growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, we reached out to some of our newest members of the congregation and asked them what they cherish most about St. Augustine. One common ground we can all stand on, just as we are one body with many members, 1 Corinthians 12:13 reminds us this: For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.
The main word that comes to mind when I think about St. Augustine is family. I began attending St. Augustine as a student at UWI. Moreover, St. Augustine was the first church I attended since becoming a Christian (note the pun), and I was, as CS Lewis put it "surprised by joy". Everyone I interacted with was genuinely caring and loving, and Uncle Kelvin, as the head of the Young Adults class, had a tremendous impact on my spiritual growth. I stopped attending after graduating, but in a very real sense, I always considered St. Augustine home. So much so, that after many years God led me back to you, where I was very recently accepted into membership. To conclude, I want to thank you all at St. Augustine for your kindness and hospitality toward me. Truly, the love of God has shone through you! May God continually shower each and every one of you with His eternal blessings!
-Christian Sealy (1 year membership)
I visited SAEBC while doing my degree at UWI, St. Augustine. While I initally chose to visit due to the church's proximity to campus, the preaching was what kept me coming back. I decided to become a member because I wholeheartedly appreciate the fullness with which the word of God is presented as messages are taken from both the Old and New Testament. Additionally, the variety of topics explored in the Young Adult Sunday School class has been exceedingly enjoyable and worthwhile. Honourable mentions are Biblical Womanhood, Boundaries & the current study of Ecclesiastes.
-Abigail Joseph (1 year membership)
Sisters Abigail Joseph & Jemima Joseph respectively
I like to feel comfortable in environments that I have to visit often. With St. Augustine Evangelical, it was hardly a question of if I felt so. The people are always hospitable, creating an atmosphere of acceptance that I could ease into. In addition, the way in which the Bible is brought across- with clarity, enthusiasm and always timeliness- encourages me a lot. I am grateful God has placed me here.
-Jemima Joseph (1 year membership)
It’s been almost two years since we first stepped into SAEBC and a little over a year since we officially became a part of the SAEBC family. Our time, although short, has been full and meaningful. Here, we found a place where we could rest and recuperate and a community with which we can grow. We have especially enjoyed the messages, our Sunday school classes, and the warmth and acceptance of a caring community.
-The Mitchel Family (1 year membership)
I feel joyful when I am at St. Augustine church because I get to meet new people and make new friends. I also like learning about God and His miracles. I love Sunday school because when I learn things about God I feel like I am closer to Him. The St. Augustine family makes me feel appreciated and loved by God. I also appreciate Aunty Jacqui for putting those exciting lessons for us. Overall, that’s why I love the St. Augustine Church.
-Gerald Jack (1 year membership)
A People For His Name The Beginning and The Ending
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, says the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
In January 2020 we arrived in Ethiopia to join our directors. We met with the local church leadership and paid a visit to our intended mission station to the south of Addis Ababa. A 10-week EOP training, where we served as mentors, turned into an 8+ month stay in Albania due to travel restrictions. We returned to Ethiopia and resumed our service at the mission school to the south, however, on a limited tourist visa. The document authentication needed for a work permit in Ethiopia took 6 months instead of the 1 month we had planned. We finally returned to Ethiopia with the long-awaited authenticated documents. In discussions with our Ethiopian and EOP leadership, after much prayer and deliberation, we realized that we would not be able to honestly satisfy the objectives of the Ethiopian church leadership.
We returned to Kenya with the intention of returning to Trinidad. We were delighted with the announcement of the re-opening of the borders on July 17th. However we are still not permitted to re-enter together. We are seeking vaccination here in Kenya, which is not available at the moment. Also flights through England have been limited due to the restrictions and we cannot fly to the USA without a transit visa, for which appointments are available in June 2022.
Prayer Request/Praise Report
Our previous 6 months in Kenya were spent mostly at the Norwegian missionary base in Nairobi. At the moment we are in Mombasa, and have found a church to fellowship at with the help of a missionary family resident in this city. We take confidence in the fact that He is the Beginning and the Ending. We believe it was all His leading and are looking forward to returning to a bi-vocational life and ministry.
We have also decided to step away from overseas missions, for at least the next 2 years, God willing. We believe that this is necessary for our marriage. Please feel free to withhold monthly support as we believe God for suitable jobs and a residence.
Praise God with us for:
We were permitted re-entry to Kenya. The immigration regulations were changed just over those few weeks of being in Ethiopia and we had to do an online Kenya visa application at the airport.
We thank God for your prayers and support along this journey, it was only by His grace.
Pray for the provision of jobs as we transition into a bi-vocational life and ministry.
Provision of the vaccines, if needs be, or regulations permitting us to re-enter without them.
We are grateful to God for your prayers and financial contributions over the past year and a half. Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon.
In-light of His Millennial Reign,
Mark and Celicia Douglas
+1(868) 710-2675 email@example.com
During the COVID-19 Pandemic
We will continue to facilitate deposits at the church office and online. Deposits can be made at the church office Monday–Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Those wishing to transfer funds online please note that we cannot verify the receipt of funds until our bank statement is received. Our account information is as follows:
NAME: ST AUGUSTINE EVANGELICAL BIBLE CHURCH (Use Capitals without punctuation marks and enter as many characters as the field allows)
NUMBER: 100081011847061 (15 digits are required by RBC. If your app does not accept 15 digits, omit some of the leading digits i.e. 1000)
ACCOUNT TYPE: Chequing
Please notify us of the Date / Sum / Purpose or Distribution of your transfer and let us know of any needed adjustments to the above instructions.
Each local bank has its own online transfer app/system and we have been advised of problems affecting transfers from other (Non-RBC) banks.
Prayer & Praises
Let's pray without ceasing for:
The co-ordination of the Pfizer Vaccination Drive for students as schools are set to re-open
Proper management of the spread of the new Delta Variant of COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago
The restoration of Haiti and neighboring islands from the impact of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake
Let's give thanks for:
Reaching 55 years of ministry as a church
The overall health and well-being of our members in the midst of the pandemic both physically and spiritually
Our In-Dependence Night of Prayer
The Hodges on the birth of their beautiful baby girl N'jhae Hodge
Michel Ferro on his recovery from Covid
Speaking & Worship Schedule
Communion Service-Romans 2:1-29
Deacon Martin Hughes
Communion Service-Romans 3:21-31
Junior Sunday School
Adult Sunday School
Friday SAYBOB Young People's
Wednesday Prayer Meeting