Jubilee Cathedral Church West held an Appreciation Service for hardworking staff members of the Department of Social Services (DSS), National Insurance Board (NIB) and the Ministry of Health Government Clinic, Eight Mile Rock this past Sunday, July 30, 2017.
Senior Pastor Rev. Ed Ambrister and Bishop Godfrey R. Williams, Jubilee’s Overseer, both paused to extend their gratitude along with the congregation to whom are responsible for providing the best in care and service to the people of the West Grand Bahama community.
Delivering an inspiring homily, Rev. Ambrister drew spiritual insight from the biblical account of the Ten Men with Leprosy healed by Jesus in Luke 17:11-19, which states, “Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.
“As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy [a] met him.
“They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
“When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”
“And as they went, they were cleansed.
“One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.
“He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
“Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where is the other nine?”
“Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”
“Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
The senior pastor reminded the honorees that their job is oftentimes a thankless one and like the lepers, nine of the 10 may never return to offer thanks which could prove quite discouraging nevertheless, Rev. Ambrister urged them to continue rendering the best in service as there is always one persons, who remembers the suffering they have endured and would operate in humility and give their thanks.
While the gratitude might not be demonstrated in expensive gifts or illustrious platitudes, the fact that one out of many would return to say thank you means that they have not only helped to heal their affliction but saw God working through them to repair their heart too.
Encouraged not to become weary in doing good for in due season they shall receive their reward from God who sees and knows all, Rev. Ambrister stated, “Please take a moment to consider this fact, the Lord will pay every man for his work.
“Each of you honorees should be mindful of the task you perform daily and be grateful at all times even if only one of the hundreds of persons you serve returns to say, “Thank you.”
Each of the honorees from the Department of Social Services (DSS), National Insurance Board (NIB) and the Ministry of Health Government Clinic, Eight Mile Rock wore brilliant smiles as the congregation rewarded them for their stellar work; furthermore, prayers were offered on their behalf for their continual success in life and their respective area of service, as well refreshments were served following the service.
Similar appreciation services have been held for Royal Bahamas Police Force officers, teachers as well as retirees, who now utilize their free moments to render any aid they are able to those throughout the western district.