Message From An Alumnus

Approximately thirteen years ago, I entered Bahamas Academy of Seventh-day Adventists. With great anticipation I entered the "big kid" school with my two older siblings. From the onset, the atmosphere exuded warmth and Christian fellowship.

Making friends at school was not difficult for me because many of the students attended my church. We found ourselves in all forms of uplifting activities because spiritual emphasis was a major part of school life. The teachers ensured that there were more than enough activities at school to keep us positively grounded. The many chapel exercises, weeks of spiritual emphasis and religious clubs have played an important role in the development of hundreds of students. Many of us have left the halls of the academy with leadership skills that will make us effective contributors to our church and the wider community.

Teachers, despite being poorly compensated for the arduous task they dedicate themselves to, have given abundantly of their resources and knowledge in order to steer us in the right direction. I proudly represent hundreds of students who have been the recipients of many acts of kindness and unreserved extensions of God's grace through our teachers at Bahamas Academy.

Permit me to share an experience with you of how the integration of faith and learning is at the core of our existence at this noble institution. You see, our teachers help us to understand that knowledge should not only reside within us. Instead, it must be shared. I distinctly recall last year, when the Class of 2012 and I banded together to give out health and lifestyle books throughout the Claridge and Wulff Road community on Adventist Book Day.

We got together at seven o'clock in the morning, prayed and began to distribute magazines to parents as they dropped off their children. With the assistance of our teachers, we fearlessly gave literature to everyone in our reach. The public buses did not pose a hindrance as commuters gladly accepted the knowledge that we were willing to share. A short while later, we converged on the school campus and excitedly shared our experience. What I found most gratifying was the manner in which our students answered the questions that were posed to them during the literature distribution! They answered intelligently and drew accurate biblical references.

That morning, we handed out over 500 magazines! This is just one of the many ways in which Bahamas Academy's students engage in evangelistic activities. Our hope is that the seeds planted, have taken roots and will one day emerge; ready to learn more about Christ and the health message.

Academic life also takes center stage at Bahamas Academy. Through God's grace and the support of teachers and parents, many students have obtained five and more passes in the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Examination (BGCSE) in the eleventh grade! Last year, I was successful in nine subjects! Any school that has the balance of educating the mental, physical and spiritual powers along with the philosophy of restoring in its students, the image of God, is on the right path. Bahamas Academy has proven this over the years.

It is not my intention to communicate that there are no challenges at this prestigious school. Many we have, but we have learned to cast all our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7). God has piloted this institution for 100 years, and I have no doubt that our successes were all possible because He strengthened us (Philippians 4:13).

To all those students currently enrolled and those whose parents will be enrolling them in the future, I wish you academic and spiritual excellence. To the staff and administration of Bahamas Academy, may you continue to fulfill your mandate and mission from God; that is to assist in the molding of young lives and pointing them to Christ our risen Saviour. May God continue to bless Bahamas Academy!

From Mahala Moxey, Bahams Academy Head Girl (Class of 2011/2012)

Students Encouraged To Think Big

Students at the high school division of Bahamas Academy sat spell bound as they listened to Dr. Joseph Evans, well-known Bahamian urologist, during their assembly held on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, as he told the story of a little boy who succeeded in spite of the many odds against him. Dr. Evans compared the little boy to Sir Winston Churchill who kept dreaming and working towards his dreams, eventually becoming the Prime Minister of England.

Dr. Evans recounted how the boy always wanted to excel so badly that he would sometimes study for over twenty-four hours without sleep. After completing college, the young man wanted to become a doctor, but was denied entry into all the schools to which he applied because of his race. He then decided that he would complete a degree in pharmacy and did so with honors; but he was still determined to become a doctor. When getting into medical school seemed hopeless, he decided that he would apply to complete a doctoral degree, and during this process, a friend encouraged him to apply once more to a medical school. He did and was accepted.

The young man excelled in medical school, and after completing, he helped hundreds of Bahamians. He was the first Bahamian to practice urology in the Bahamas and has operated on persons in very high positions, even the Governor General of The Bahamas.

Students were amazed and applauded when Dr. Evans revealed that the person he was talking about was himself. He, the young Bahamian who passed through Bahamas Academy, succeeded in coming back home as a doctor.

“Be ambitious and think big," Dr. Evans said. "After all, someday you may be my doctor.”

Students were enthralled by Dr. Evans’ testimony. One student said,

"He reminds me of Ben Carson. I did not know that someone so close to us has a story like that."

Article By: John Garcia