“I just love seeing Christian people coming together enjoying a meal and enjoying time with each other,” gushed Sister Beverly Archer of New Beginnings Household of Faith-Abaco Youth Ministries- (NBHOF-AYM) on April 23.
Last weekend, marked the church’s Brother’s Keeper activities where they served free bowls of chicken souse and Johnny cake for breakfast and distributed clothing and shoes to those in need. Sister Beverly explained that last year, they were fortunate to give away televisions, and not too long ago she received a call from a lady telling her that the television was still working.
“Our members donate the food and cook it themselves,” she explained. “Members from our women’s ministry and Queen Esther’s Court are all involved.”
Not only was she encouraged by the support of the church’s members, but she also commended her husband Pastor Emmit Archer who she said has always had a heart for service and giving since the beginning.
Sister Beverly said her life has been greatly impacted in their ministry, which began 16 years ago, and she is always humbled when people walk up to her and say that she fed them and their children.
In those moments, she recalls how Jesus fed those who were hungry.
Additionally, church members accompany her and Pastor Emmit to the Marsh Harbour Police Station every Wednesday to pray with the officers there including the prisoners. Because of this, police officers from all over Abaco attended the church service that was held on Sunday.
The service was a joyous one as police officers were blessed by the youth choir and praise team’s singing, and a liturgical dance by the Angels of Revolution. Sgt. 2439 Claudia Butler sang “Just A Closer Walk With Thee,” while Sgt. 1263 Remy Minnis gave the Scripture Reading, and Supt. Kevin Mortimer made brief remarks.
“So what you see here is going on in Grand Bahama and Abaco simultaneously because my boss Senior Assistant Commissioner Emrick Seymour saw it fitting for us to worship as a group,” Supt. Mortimer explained. “I just want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to come and worship with us today.”
Sarone Kennedy also made remarks on behalf of the Abaco Christian Council in the absence of its president – Bishop Cedric Bullard.
The final word was delivered by Pastor Emmit Archer as he spoke on the topic – “We are our brother’s keeper,” in his sermon. He commended the police officers for their work in the community that oftentimes puts their lives in danger.
“These are the people keep us safe; these are the people that will give themselves up for us,” Pastor Emmit said.
He invited the police officers and their spouses to come forward so that he could cover them in prayer before dismissing the service.