'Week of Prayer' for Adventist academy
Buff Bay, Portland:
Students and teachers of the Buff Bay Seventh-day Adventist Academy have sought to highlight the importance of prayer, with a Week of Prayer.
The west Portland school, which is nestled in the heart of Buff Bay, is traditionally known for upholding Christian values and attitudes among its student population, with the aim of grooming students in the basic principles of life and common courtesies.
"Our week of prayer has always reaped success among our students," said Racquel Boucher, the Week of Prayer coordinator and teacher at that institution.
"Week of Prayer helps students to be aware of the importance of shining for Jesus Christ. The theme is 'Shine', and for them to shine for Jesus, they have to be more caring and helpful towards others. It also exemplifies all the admirable attributes of young people from the Bible who shone for Jesus Christ. Week of Prayer is held twice per year and students are very receptive towards this week of prayer," she added.
During Week of Prayer, students converge in the church building that is adjacent to the school and engage in prayer, singing, reading the Bible, and relating their varied experiences and testimonies.
Youth director of the North East Jamaica Conference Gordon Lindsay pointed out that his experience as a child preacher helped him to grow in the faith and to get a better understanding of Jesus Christ.
"Week of Prayer is important for the children," he said. "We are talking about the development of our children's character, and for them to have good character, they have to know the one who has the best character and that is Jesus Christ. Our nation is noted as a Christian nation, and Seventh-day Adventist institutions are about Christ-centred and Christian education, where education and redemption become one work," he added.