[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
9111: Hatian and Bahamian unite in service at new convenant (fwd)
From: Daniel Schweissing <email@example.com>
Hatian and Bahamian unite in service at new convenant
Released Monday, September 24, 2001 at 10:07 am EST by Kilah Rolle
Bahamians, Haitians unite in New Covenant Baptist service
By Bianca Symonette
Guardian Staff Reporter
Bahamians and Haitians came together yesterday at a commissioning service at
the New Covenant Baptist Church.
Sounds of Creole songs echoed in the aisles of the New Covenant Baptist
Church as members from several Haitian communities attended the first
service to bring together two often disparate groups of people.
Although most Haitians are normally considered as immigrants and often
looked down on by the Bahamian community, Rev. Dr. Simeon Hall said that the
Bahamas needs to bring these two entities together, and what better way in
bringing them to gether than in the House of God.
"After traveling to Haiti, the Baptist Commission and myself decided that
the Bahamian people needed to be united with the Haitian community in the
Bahamas," Dr Hall said.
He expressed the hope that some type of peace for the Haitians that reside
in the Bahamas could be realized in a Christian atmosphere where both
Haitians and Bahamians could interact.
Rev. Hall said that by continuing such services the church would be able to
address the problems between local Bahamian and Haitian communities. The
hope was expressed that the event would be an ongoing process and eradicate
some of the negativity towards Haitians in the Bahamas.
One of the Haitian nationals attending the service welcomed the effort of
unity being made. He said that after attending Haitians-only services he was
glad to have the chance to interact with Bahamians.
The service was coordinated by several members of the Haitian community,
including Rev. Jean Paul Charles of the Berean Evangelical Baptist Church,
Rev. Youth Pelius, Jerusalem Baptist Church, Bro. Lucien Chere-Aime, Calvary
Baptist Church and Rev. Antonio Cepoudy, Mission Baptist Church.
Speakers at the service included pastors from both Bahamian and Haitian
churches. The first speaker was Rev. Maudelius Vincent from Cross and Crown
Baptist Church, followed by Rev. Laurent Papouloute from Ebenezer Baptist
Church. Rev. Frantz Valmyre of the Corner Stone Baptist Church gave the
third sermon and the final sermon was delivered by pastor of New Convenant
Baptist Church, Rev. Simeon Hall.
During the service members of the Bahamian and Haitian churches paused for a
moment of silence for the victims and families of the recent terrorist
attack in the United States.
In helping to bring the two groups together a night of Bahamian-Haitian
singing is planned for Nov. 3 of this year. All proceeds from the fund-
raising event will be used to aid the Bahamian-Haitian community.
This event is just one of many that will help bring people together, Rev.
Hall said. So far there are 25 churches participating in the
Bahamian-Haitian services, where both the Bahamian and Haitian national
anthems are included in the booklets along with the flags of both nations.
Copyright (c) 2001 by Nassau Guardian
Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at http://explorer.msn.com/intl.asp