Wednesday, February 25
In 1999 a young Baptist minister left Grenada to study clinical pastoral education (CPE) at the HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York City. He hoped this training would help him better serve in his volunteer ministry with the terminally ill at the local hospital in St. George’s.
His training began at Brookdale University Hospital, Brooklyn, where he worked primarily with persons with HIV/AIDS. He then transferred to the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan, for a one-year CPE residency. Toward the end of the residency, he traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to interview for a residency as a hospice chaplain. The interview went well, and he was scheduled to start in a few months. Then the doors started to close.
The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education told him he needed to get a new visa in order to start the new position. However, when he applied, US Immigration Services did not process his application because he had sent $15 more than required. After a number of other stumbling blocks appeared, he decided that it was the Lord’s doing because God wanted him back in Grenada.
He arrived in Grenada in October 2001 and on his first Sunday home attended the local Presbyterian church, which he had only attended once before. When the two were introduced, the missionary pastor said to him, “Now I can leave.” Less than a year later, with the help of the Caribbean and North America Council for Mission (CANACOM), this young minister became the congregation’s pastor as well as the moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Grenada (PCG).
You see, it was the PCG that was at risk of dying, and God wanted him to minister to the PCG rather than in a hospice in New Mexico. And that young man—me—is today the longest-serving minister in the history of the PCG.
—Rt. Rev. R. Osbert James: moderator, Presbyterian Church in Grenada; former chair of CANACOM
Let us join in prayer for:
Caribbean and North America Council for Mission (CANACOM) • United Protestant Church of Curaçao: Johannes Cornelis de Lijster, chair • Presbyterian Church in Grenada: Rev. Dr. Osbert James, moderator • Guyana Congregational Union: Rev. Valeska Austin, gen. sec. • Guyana Presbyterian Church: Rev. Kayshena Dyal-Khusial, moderator • Presbyterian Church of Guyana: Rev. Maureen Massiah, moderator • United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands: Rev. Norbert Stephens, gen. sec., Mrs. Rose Wedderburn, deputy gen. sec. • United Theological College of the West Indies: Rev. Dr. Marjorie Lewis, pres. • Church of Scotland in Trinidad: Rev. Garwell Bacchas, moderator • Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago: Rt. Rev. Brenda Bullock, moderator
Member Churches of CANACOM
Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba, Reformed Church of Surinam, United Protestant Church of Curaçao, Dominican Evangelical Church, Presbyterian Church in Grenada, Guyana Congregational Union, Guyana Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church of Guyana, United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Presbyterian Church in Trinidad and Tobago, Presbyterian Church of Scotland in Trinidad and Tobago, PC(USA), Presbyterian Church in Canada, and United Church of Canada
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Elder Tim Clark, FDN
Let us pray
God, we thank you that you are always a step ahead of us, preparing us through our circumstances for ministries of which we are yet unaware. Help us to trust you even when we are unable to trace you. Amen.