The first men’s conference of the Grand Bahama District Men’s Ministry of the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP) opened last night – Wednesday, March 6 –under the theme, ‘Fighting the good fight of faith.’
Director of the Men’s Ministry GB, Bishop Joseph Hall, revealed recently that the conference will be held Wednesday, March 6 to Saturday, March 9 at the Healing and Transformation Centre, COGOP, Hawksbill.
“And what is even more special about this first ever conference in Grand Bahama, is that we will be partnering with the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF),” said Hall. “And we are grateful to God to be able to share the happiness of this great occasion in our first ever Men’s Conference for the District of Grand Bahama. We are all excited.”
Hall added, “If it was ever a time we need to fight is now. Life is but a struggle, life is something worth fighting for … the word of God declares that beloved I wish above all things that you prosper and be in good health. We need to fight for our health.
“And so, the men’s ministry of the COGOP is declaring, according to the word of God, if you want God, flee from all those things and pursue righteousness, pursue godliness – faith, love and gentleness – this is that time.”
This, he added, is the message that the team is seeking to inject into the hearts and minds of men throughout the island.
Hall noted that he, along with four other dynamic speakers, will be sharing the word of God and their experiences with conference attendees. “We want to thank God for the men that will be sharing in this conference – our District Overseer Bishop George E. Thompson, myself, Bishop Godfrey R. Williams, Minister Christopher Adams and a treat for the men WWF champion Nikita Koloff.”
Also ministering during the conference will be the Cooling Waters, ACM and IMC.
“So, we are calling all men of GB to join us … this is not just for the men of the COGOP, this is open to men throughout the island,” said Hall.
Supt. Hilton Cash, OIC of Prosecution/Tribunal, speaking on behalf of ACP Samuel Butler, OIC for Grand Bahama said, it is a pleasure to partner with the church, in particular with the men’s ministry.
“Fighting the good fight of faith as a theme is so fitting for such a time as this, because we are aware, as a community, of the type of challenges we experience and I believe that with the police partnering with the church, it’s a powerful means to reach out to our men.
“We are always happy when the church or any entity in the community partners with us in this fight against crime and the other ills that our community may be faced with,” added Supt. Cash. “Again, we just want to say thanks for our partnership, we want to continue in that vein.”
President of Reach Out Youth Organization (ROYO), Dudley Seide, who recently held his annual Boys to Men Conference congratulated the team and reiterated that men from East to West Grand Bahama are welcomed to attend the conference.
“I want to endorse the invitation to men, especially fathers and sons … it (theme) is so important, because we are losing our young men every day on our streets and all because of fights. At this conference they will hear the importance of forgiveness and I think that’s why this theme is so important, because our young men don’t know how to take last.”
Additionally, Seide noted that a free luncheon and fun day will be held on Saturday, March 9. “On Saturday will be a fun day for the kids, so we are asking parents to please bring their kids out. A lot of time we complain of there being nothing to do, so this is an event that the entire family can attend.”
He noted that for too long the men, Christian men, have sat on the sidelines“… So, we are asking all the men to partner with us to make a difference at this conference.”
Will Stubbs of the Men’s Ministry Team Member noted that as a result of the conference’s advertisements and the excitement surrounding the conference, “we have decided that the first night will be open to women … the first night. The remaining nightly services will be for the men and boys only.
“Then on Saturday is a Pep Rally from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon and following will be the free luncheon that the women can attend.”