Mother of three, Kerina Jean Pierre, a Master Guide in waiting, in her keynote message entitled ‘Reconciled – where I belong’, shared through the lens her personal story as a black single parent, her challenges and how she overcame, not only speaking truth to power but empowering others to be ‘reconciled’ with her past, present and future.
Quoting a prolific writer, Kerina asserted,
“In reviewing our history, having travelled over every step of advance, to our present standing, I can say praise God! I can see what God has wrought. I am filled with astonishment, and with confidence in Christ as my Leader – my Pathfinder, my Master Guide. Reconciled to Christ, ‘we have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history’, which is our story.”
Kerina’s presentation which included the term, ‘Three Hidden Pioneers’, unveiled a deeper truth, as part of the 70th Pathfinder Anniversary Celebration. She said, “in the hall of fame, stands three hidden ‘black’ pioneers. Charles Kinney, known as the father of black Adventism. Anna Knight, self-disciplined and self-starter with no formal education who later gained a degree in nursing. Third, Martha Byington, the first Adventist home schoolteacher and the founder of the Dorcas Society (later renamed Community Services). Each of these Adventist pioneers were contrasted to three modern black pioneers that may have been hidden to the world.
For two years Elijah was our Adventurer of the Year and top ADRA Champion. Like our black Adventist forefather, Charles Kinney, Elijah will leave a hallmark of change in his home, school and community. When faced with parental directive to go shopping on the Sabbath, with moral courage, Elijah prayerfully asserted,