In between Ireland and the United Kingdom lies the jewel of the Irish sea known as the Isle of Man. COVID-19 has affected everyone in the world but through prayers and people complying to restrictions and guidelines, God has protected our little island. Through God’s grace we were able to worship as a congregation with our first Sabbath together on the 4 July 2020.
On 1 August 2020 the Isle of Man youth celebrated Pathfinder Induction with guest speaker Pastor Alan Hush, North England Conference Executive Secretary and former Pathfinder Director through platform Zoom. The induction gave the opportunity for the children and counsellors to publicly show their commitment by reciting promises and principles to the objectives of the Pathfinder and Adventurer clubs.
Between August 14 -16 2020 a Pathfinder summer camp weekend was held. The fun packed weekend was full of activities by acquired badges which included:
Pathfinder: Camping Skills II, Prayer and Bible Marking.
Adventurers: Camper, Prayer Warrior, Bible II andFirst Aid Helper.
The camp’s theme was centred on ‘'In His Footsteps'’. Pastor Mugari inspired the Pathfinders with his message on Naaman’s maid servant. God’s message was transpired through a little girl who mobilised peace between two nations. The influence of God translates that no matter your age, you can be of service for God’s purpose.
We would like to thank our Pathfinder/Adventurer Club Director Edilmar Espinosa, counsellors and junior counsellors for leading out but also to thank the sponsors and church members for their participation. We truly enjoyed God’s nature through camping.
On 22 August 2020 the Sabbath was designated for Youth day in the Isle of Man church. From Sabbath School to Adventist Youth service the youth was actively involved in the programme.
The Youth Speaker, Jifthe Paguntalan delivered a powerful message not only to the youth but also to the adults. The message tells us to sit in God’s presence and listen to his voice. As it states in 1 Samuel 3:10 (NIV) "The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel! Samuel!"" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening."
We truly give thanks to the Lord for his deliverance to the whole island despite of this pandemic. The island was COVID free by June and we were truly blessed that we were able to carry out these events. Praise God!