Shantal James has been studying with us for the past 3 years. There have been twists and turns in her path toward baptism. She was a high school student in Ocho Rios whose friends attended the activities in Port Maria. She has always been serious about what she is doing, as she was about this commitment to follow our Lord Jesus Christ.
Coming from a home where church was a very serious commitment, just not the same church, she had more hurdles to get past than many of her peers. She was forbidden to continue studying if she wanted to live at home and have her school beyond high school paid for by her parents. So our studying together stopped just short of baptism. She had a firm understanding of first principles, but could not be disrespectful of her parents.
She finished her studies and was looking for a job when she called to say that she wanted to pick up her studies and intended to be baptized.
Sis. Alissa Fisher, Sis Letisha Elliott-Blair, Bro James Samuels, Jair and Jayden Samuels, Shantal James, Sis Rose Roach-Laylor, Hertha Bleary, Bro Martin Shirley, Bro Tom Reding
On March 4th we were joined by members from the ecclesias in Port Maria, St Mary; Free Hill, St Ann; Spanish Town, St Catherine; Round Hill, St Elizabeth to witness her good confession and welcome her into the household of faith which meets in Mount Pleasant, St Elizabeth.
Bro Leecroft Blair, Shantal James, Bro James Samuels
As she begins her walk toward the Kingdom, she has a family that extends across Jamaica. The fields are indeed white for harvest and God continues to call out His own.
Sister Shantal James and Bro James Samuels
Sisters Shantal James and Ronique Elliott
Sisters Rose Roach-Ladore, Shantal James and Alissa Fisher
Sister Shantal James, Bro Conroy Rose and Bri Marlon Jackson
Shatal is also picking up her studies in the Hospitality Industry and anticipates beginning classes in May. God is showering blessings on her and us. We are grateful for the support we have received from the brethren here in Jamaica and from abroad that has allowed this work to continue.
Sister Linda Reding