The President's Post

December 2016

Bass Memorial Academy; It is our school!


We are going to Cuba this month to spread the good news of Jesus love for mankind. Thirty-three of us will be holding 24 evangelistic series with others conducting Vacation Bible school. We’re praying that this trip is a blessing for the Cubans and life changing for us. I've never returned from a mission trip and been the same person. Please pray for our safety and success. We will be scattered all over the island. I'll tell you more in January's Post.

As the holidays draw near I begin to think more and more about our Academy. Principal Bowes and his staff carry a heavy burden and have a huge responsibility. Their leadership at Bass is as much a call to ministry as any pastor has received in our conference . I have great respect for all of our staff at Bass who give so much of their lives to our young people.

More specifically however I think about the students , and how much their lives have changed since the beginning of the school year. I've never lived at a boarding school. Both of my daughters attended conference boarding academies. Our youngest was actually on another island when I pastored in the Hawaii conference. We have seen first hand how difficult it can be at times. How the students respond when their Grandfather or Grandmother passes away while they are at the academy. When Mom or Dad have to tell their child by phone that their dog of 12 years has died. Life back home goes on and a lot of it is lived without them. Let's face it, it can be difficult for the staff to get involved in the young persons grief.

We have church schools all throughout our conference. They may have constituent churches but those schools are localized. The only conference wide school we have is Bass Academy. It's easy to forget that. Probably the location can give us that "out of sight out of mind idea."

Even if you have no young people there it's still our school. I have an idea. What if you chose a student from our Academy and you send them a Christmas card or a birthday card? Think with me. These are young people who are separated from their family for months at a time. They may be doing fantastic or they may be struggling and you would never know . Either way a card from you will put a smile on their face. It doesn't take much effort to do this. Make a call to Bass Academy at (601)-794-8561 requesting a students name then send the card to the Academy at this address, 6433-US Highway 11, Lumberton MS 39455. The difference you would make could be huge!


Dave

GSC Office Christmas Party

President's Office

The President guides the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Gulf States from its Montgomery, Alabama, headquarters. He serves on various organization boards operated by the church, and lends leadership to mission, evangelism, educational, and humanitarian strategies.