Ceremony honored those 80 and older, goal is to build bridges
In a small picturesque village on the southwest part of Curaçao, a group of Seventh-day Adventists took the time to celebrate some of the oldest members of the rural community after the mass service at the local Catholic Church in Lagun. The church, which reportedly had been experiencing poor attendance, was packed Sunday, January 15, as 14 villagers, ranging in age from 80 years old and up were honored in a special program and presented with a wooden token engraved with a Bible text.
“Our members wanted to foster contact with the community with this special initiative,” said Pastor Shurman Kook, president of the church in Curaçao, who took part in the ceremony. Kook, who is a native of Lagun and who was an altar boy at that very church, said it was important to connect with the community within their context, a context predominantly Catholic.
It was a mission driven activity that sought to lead to more friendly relations, so arrangements were made with the priest for the ceremony, organizers said.
Fourteen elderly and their families attended a special program organized by Adventists in the rural community of Lagun in the southwest part of Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles, on Jan. 15, 2017. Image Courtesy of Shurman Kook
Pastor Shurman Kook, president of the Seventh-day…