The reality of the Heavenly Sanctuary and the efficacy of Christ’s work there was central as West Jamaica Conference’s (WJC) 19th annual Camp Meeting got off to an energetic start at the WJC Conference

Delegates at West Jamaica Conference's 19th Annual Camp Meeting. The annual series of meetings began on December 26th and will continue until the Saturday the 29th.

Delegates at West Jamaica Conference’s 19th Annual Camp Meeting. The annual series of meetings began on December 26th and will continue until the Saturday the 29th.

Centre in Montego Bay on Wednesday evening, December 29. The focus for the 2012 gathering, which ends on December 29, is “The Heavenly Sanctuary – Salvation Assured.”

In a spirited opening sermon, based on the first eight chapters of the book of Hebrews, WJC President Pastor A.D. Bowers stressed the need for the church to know and understand exactly what Jesus is doing in heaven presently. “If we don’t know and understand the work of Jesus our High Priest, we won’t have the faith needed to be saved.”

Pastor Astor Bowers, President of West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, delivers the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the 19th Annual Camp Meeting.

Pastor Astor Bowers, President of West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, delivers the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the 19th Annual Camp Meeting.

Referring to the author of Hebrews, Pastor Bowers pointed out; “Paul wants us to know that we have an extraordinary Priest, in an extraordinary place, the Heavenly Sanctuary, built by God Himself!” and He has “extraordinary privileges.”

“Through Him (Christ) we have a clearer picture of God and unlimited blessings. He wants us to own up to our faults so he can help us, not destroy us.”

The main presenter for Camp Meeting 2012 is Dr. Fazadudin Hosein, a Trinidad and Tobago native who is presently the Dean of Theology at the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC). Dr Hosein makes his first presentation on Thursday, December 27.

Over 465 delegates from St. James, Hanover, Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth alongside persons outside the conference were registered for the four-day spiritual feast at the time of the opening ceremony, which was streamed live at http://www.westjamaica.org, and broadcast live on the conference’s cable station, WCCN. All other major services for the event will also be streamed and broadcast live.

While at camp meeting, delegates will benefit from Daniel, Revelation and Witnessing Seminars alongside Lay Workers Training. Camp Meeting 2012 is the final event on the conference’s calendar of activities to mark the 50th anniversary of establishing WJC’s headquarters in Montego Bay.

Camp meeting was first introduced to the Conference by former President, the late Pastor Basil Reid.

December 27, 2012-Montego Bay, Jamaica…Colliesha Osbourne

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