Sunday, December 30, 2018, will go down in history not only as the last Sunday for the year 2018 but also as the day when the Conference Wide Development (CWD) Team officially handed over the architectural drawings and officially launched the expansion and reconstruction project of the Wheelerfield SDA Church in St. Thomas.
The church emerged at the top of the list of churches that is in urgent need of assistance in the parish and received the blessing of the CWD Committee reconstruction project under the supervision of the CWD Team headed by Elder Desmond Young.
“On behalf of the leadership of the CWD Committee on this thirtieth day of December 2018, I would like to officially declare the project here at Wheelerfield launched,” Gyles said, looking with pride at the church pastor, Marvin Chin and Sis. Thompson, First Elder of the Wheelerfield SDA Church.
Addressing a packed church filled with ASI Missionaries and their parents who journeyed from Kingston with their leader Elder Claudette Genas to identify with and participate in the Wheelerfield SDA Church
rebuilding project, Elder Donmayne Gyles, Treasurer, EJC, gave the background to the incident which precipitated the church expansion project.
“It all began in early 2018 when a certain lady got up at Convention and shared her passion about her church and the condition in which it was in,” Gyles said. “She was passionate that the Wheelerfield Church was neglected by the Conference,” added Gyles.
At the Convention, both the EJC President, Pastor Eric Nathan and Chairman of the CWD Team Elder Desmond Young, made commitments to the membership of St. Thomas that they would be coming back and giving support to every church in St. Thomas.
Gyles noted that the Young made good on his promise and was at Wheelerfield with some of his CWD team members at the next site visit. Subsequent visits and discussions with church pastor, Marvin Chin and the church leadership, resulted in what transpired on December 30, 2018.
He publicly thanked CWD Chairman Desmond Young and his team for the tremendous work they have been doing in the Conference over the past three years.