By Bishop Carroll
Nestled in the northern end of the Fox Town community, the Open Door Church Ministry, under the leadership of Pastor Lyndon McIntosh and his wife, co-pastor Jacqlyn McIntosh, saw the need to rededicated the ministry on Friday, November 15.
The ministry first opened its doors to the Fox Town Community under the late Pastor Gorge Russell –a great servant of God who was physically challenged by his sight but still able to build the church. Known throughout the community as a man of integrity and perseverance, he pushed forward into teaching many how to live a life that is pleasing to God.
On hand for this great event was Prophetess Bickell McIntosh of Nassau who brought encouraging words informing the pastor and those who attended that God is able to do the work that He has started. With much confidence, she revealed that the progress towards the goals for the ministry is building in the lives of many who grew up in Abaco and those who have touched the lives of this generation.
Being a part of this community herself, she realizes that she is the person she is today is because of a praying grandmother. Her grandmother saw her as a great witness and this validates Prophetess McIntosh’s life today. She was introduced by her husband- Pastor Franklyn McIntosh – who spoke highly of the prophetic gift that is manifested in her. Over the 17 years of marriage he attested that, as an eyewitness of her flourishing gifts in the prophetic arena, many souls were blessed and many brought to a place of divine deliverance.
Without delay the guest speaker, Prophetess McIntosh, confessed that to rededicate is to refocus and revisit the vision despite the challenges. As the Spirit of God manifested in the small cathedral, clothed in yellow walls, many were saturated in the divine presence of God as Prophetess Brickell spoke into the lives of those in attendance. A young lady in the hall gave her life to God was able to show her singing talent and blessed those in attendance as well.
As senior pastor of the Open Door Church Ministry, Pastor McIntosh gave thanks to God for everything and he did not forget to mention those persons who had helped in the completion of the building, such as Minister Florence McIntosh, Burnaro Parker, Elkin Johnson, St. Chad’s Anglican Church, Bengy Thompson, Allardyce Thompson, Delgarna Parker, DeAngelo Parker, Rodney Flowers, Fred Wells, Dino Ambrister, Dexter Lewis, Jacqlyn McIntosh, Lynden Jr., Jakiel McIntosh, Charlese Laing, Jeffery and Brother Parker and all those persons not listed who lent a helping hand.
On Sunday, November 17 the community from Crown Haven to Coopers Town joined hands once again as an act of worship to close out the rededication of this small, newly renovated church that overlooks the harbour of the Fox Town community.
In a surprising celebration and act of praise, the senior pastor and his wife of 17 years recommitted their vows as well. Christopher Russell of St Chad’s Anglican Church -the presiding minister- made a demonstration by pouring water into two glasses and then into one; displaying the meaning of becoming one flesh.
This small bridal a party in turn transformed the sanctuary into a wedding hall as the colours white and purple came alive as co-pastor Jacqlyn McIntosh, dressed in a white dress and her husband Pastor Lyndon McIntosh, clothed in a colourful trench coat, renewed their vows. Their youngest daughter shed a few tears seeing her parents devote their lives to each other again.
Many raised their glasses in a toast of thanksgiving and were treated to a feast of peas and rice, crawfish, steak, mixed veggies and baked macaroni with a glasses of apple cider to wash it down.
This double rededication service contributed as an eye-opener to the importance of mutual caring for the ministry and for each other.