08 Apr CASET/ELT 2016 Update
We give thanks to God for the success of the recently concluded Caribbean Area Staff Education and Training/Emerging Leaders Training (CASET/ELT) Conference, which was held at Turning Point Campsite, Maracas Valley, St. Joseph. The training ran from March 29th – April 2. It was a great blessing to receive knowledge, training and spiritual food from fellow brothers and sisters from throughout the region as well as from the United States and Canada.
Worship was coordinated by the representatives of Suriname. The training sessions were conducted by Desmond Rogers (Regional Secretary), Marc Pulvar (Associate Regional Secretary), Kurt and Laura Thiel (InterVartsity Link Staff Workers from the United States), Tomy Wilkerson (Cayman Islands Staff Worker), Josephine Romain (former IFES board member), Paul Mursalin (International Director, Barnabas Fund),and many others.
Bevaun Ragobeer introduced a scripture engagement initiative entitled, Face the Book, which CARIFES hopes to apply throughout the region. The method allows for Bible study participants to engage in reflection on personal application of scriptures incrementally throughout the Bible study session rather than at the conclusion of the study. It also facilitated group accountability to help students commit to personal Bible study.
During the closing ceremony four tokens of recognition were presented on behalf of IFES. The first was to Mrs. Ruby Thompson who founded the student ministry in Trinidad and Tobago and served CARIFES and IFES with distinction in various capacities. Inter School/Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship Trinidad and Tobago was also presented with a token and congratulated for the ministry achieving 60 years of student ministry from the year 1956-2016. Deborah Dowlath and Josephine Romaine were also recognised for their outstanding contributions to the movements in Grenada and St. Lucia respectively.
Mrs. Ruby Thompson (top) and Deborah Dowlath (middle) with awards presented by IFES. –Photo credit: Giachino Ronokarijo
Leslie-Ann Pouching-Turton receiving award from IFES on behalf of Inter School/Inter Varstiy Christian Fellowship Trinidad and Tobago. – Photo credit: Keith Harry