On March 10, students from the five schools of the North Caribbean Conference (NCC) joined with schools across the Inter-American Division to celebrate the 2021 Day of Prayer. The high schools focused on Heroes of Faith, whereas the primary schools celebrated under the theme, Champions of Faith. All schools planned and executed special programs centered around the themes.
Clad in their special t-shirts, students at the St. Eustatius Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) School engaged in sessions of prayer, singing, drama, kahoots, recitation of Bible verses, etc. Commendably, parents from the community joined the school family for the celebration. Principal Laverne David, noted, “We thank all parents for coming out and supporting our Week of Prayer and it was such a blessing for parents to pray along with their children’s classes.”
Meanwhile the halls of the British Virgin Islands SDA School reverberated with melodious singing, poetry and drama. In addition, prayers of the students and teachers mingled with those of the pastors who partnered with the school for this special day of prayer.
Over in St. Maarten, Dutch Caribbean, excited students and teachers sang praises, prayed, played kahoots, watched videos of Bible champions and dramatized some of the champions. Principal Clara George, noted, “Our celebration ran for a week. It went well and both staff and students enjoyed the activities. One non-SDA parent shared a moving testimony of the positive impact of the school on her child. This reinforced the fact that our labor is not in vain.”
Remarkedly, an atmosphere of peace surrounded the St. Croix SDA School campus on the Day of Prayer. Students expressed their faith in God and the power of prayer, as each class focused on one hero or champion of faith. Apart from watching videos of Bible characters, students and teachers found creative ways of presenting powerful lessons from these characters. Students also participated in kahoots!
In like manner, songs of praise, testimonies, drama, kahoots, and an abundance of prayers of thanksgiving and requests, permeated the St. Thomas/St. John SDA School as students, teachers and other workers, joined in the grand celebration of the Day of Prayer. Reflecting on the day, new principal, Renee Hodge said, “I really enjoyed the Day of Prayer. It was my first experience and it turned out really well. My staff worked as a great team to execute a great day. God be praised!”
Education Director, Mrs. Gerene Joseph concluded that, “Amid the raging COVID-19 Pandemic, this year’s Day of Prayer was truly like an oasis in the desert, and a spring of water in a dry land. It provided that well-needed break from the stresses of online learning.” She further stated that, “Seeing students happily engaged in meaningful, spiritually uplifting, fun activities for an entire day, was refreshing.”
The NCC operates three K-12 schools and two primary schools, with a student population of 946 and a teaching staff of 87.