Thirteen years ago Pastor Samuel Cornish was led by God to return to Abaco with his family, and begin his ministry under Change Ministries International. Pastor Samuel wrote down each goal he wanted to accomplish in order to make his dreams become a reality.
On Aug. 23, another one of Pastor Samuel’s dreams came true.
A Grand Opening Ceremony took place to launch Shout 93.9 FM on the Abaco airwaves from Cooper’s Town to Sandy Point. The station’s motto: “Where Jesus Christ is Lifted Up 24/7.”
Following Pastor Carlton McIntosh’s opening prayer, and the welcome address by Lynelle Clarke, Pastor Samuel’s youngest son, Joshua, gave the Scripture Reading from the Book of Psalm, Chapter 96. A heart-rending duet performance was given by Anitra Pinder and Sterano McKenzie as they sang “Grateful.”
Speakers for the historic event included: Prophet Lawrence Arnett of Soul Saving Ministries Inc.; George Cornish, Chief Councillor for Central Abaco; the Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration; Preston Cunningham, Senior Island Administrator; the Hon. Renardo Curry, MP. For North Abaco and Parliamentary Secretary; and Pastor Samuel Cornish.
There was a recurring theme with each expressed sentiment as Pastor Samuel was applauded for his vision, leadership and positive efforts and outreach in the community over and over again. Mr. Mitchell in his remarks revealed that he has been a longtime fan of Pastor Samuel’s and that he follows his ministry.
“Pastor Cornish and his wife have exhibited extraordinary leadership in this community with the establishment of this church, the following in the community, and the admiration of all the generations for the work and leadership which they exercise – these are all examples which others can follow,” Mr. Mitchell expressed. “I want to say this afternoon in addition to congratulations a word of encouragement because I know notwithstanding all that you see, it must be hard, it must be difficult and sometimes if you weren’t a believer you would actually step back from the breach.”
During his speech, Mr. Curry talked about his amazement of finding out that Shout 93.9 FM existed and was based in Abaco. He was equally impressed by Pastor Samuel’s progressive leadership.
“It is has been mentioned already how progressive this ministry is; one of things that God is doing here at Change Ministries is you have a pastor and people here who are a part of this great assembly that thinks outside the box, and not just thinking how a traditional church thinks.”
Soon it was time for Pastor Samuel to impart his message to the audience.
When he began his journey 13 years ago, he knew that God had an assignment for him, and that assignment was to change the mindset of the people of Abaco. Pastor Samuel admitted that it was challenging, but in those years he saw people’s lives changed from broken families restored and drug addicts delivered to people who now enjoy financial freedom.
“I want to stand here first of all and say that dreams do come true,” Pastor Samuel emphasized. “I’m grateful and I look back over my life in Dundas Town, Abaco, 44 years old, and I always tell my church this, this little black boy from Dundas Town, Abaco, who would have ever thought that God would use somebody like me to reach the whole entire world with the gospel of Jesus Christ?”
He thanked his wife First Lady Carmen Cornish and their children for joining them in ministry, and all who had gathered there to celebrate with them on the opening of Shout 93.9 FM.
Toward the end of the ceremony, Bishop Clifford Henfield gave the Act of Dedication for Shout 93.9 FM, while Sister Donnalee Reckley offered the Dedicatory Prayer.
Guests followed Pastor Samuel and Lady Carmen Cornish to the entrance of the radio station for the cutting of the ribbon and to sample refreshments. Invited guests took advantage of their photo opportunity with Pastor Samuel and Lady Cornish, and select guests joined Radio Host Sherell Brown and Samuel Cornish Jr. on air to express their well wishes to the church family of Change Ministries on completing yet another milestone.
Shout 93.9 FM is located at the front entrance of Change Ministries International’s Church Building. Office hours are: Monday,Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Telephone: 1(242) 367-2972; 1(242)367-6939; and 1(242)225-0455.