In St. Thomas, church impacts families through neighbor-to-neighbor community initiative

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Oct 04, 2019  |  Anna’s Retreat, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands  | 

Dozens of families from the Anna’s Retreat, St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgins, benefited from free health and wellness services school supplies, water and personal items during the Shiloh Adventist Church’s neighbor-to-neighbor community outreach held Sep. 14, 2019. [Photo: Shiloh Adventist Church]

Seventh-day Adventists from the Shiloh Adventist Church recently provided spiritual support, health and wellness services, school supplies and personal items to dozens in the surrounding community of Anna’s Retreat in St. Thomas, the US Virgin Islands.  Church members spent the day ministering to community members on Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019.

“This is part of a national initiative to minister to the social needs of the community in a more significant way because the Adventist Church is not just about the spiritual,” said Candace Sprauve, church elder and personal ministries director of the Shiloh Adventist Church. “We cater to all needs, including education and health.” It’s a way to reach the community and to engage members in embracing evangelistic opportunities, she explained. “These are people we can invite to our next event.”

Sprauve was pleased to see how comfortable people from the community felt  during the community impact. “As I looked around, conversing with people who were there, I said ‘Yes!’ They feel comfortable and that is what we want, for our community to feel comfortable among us.”

The church conducted health screenings, and distributed over 200 bags of school supplies and water to scores of families with school-age children.

“We want to ensure that our young people are equipped for a lifetime of learning,” said Pastor Noel James, senior pastor of the Shiloh Adventist Church. “Without our consistent effort and involvement, our children’s success cannot be guaranteed.”

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