With 2013 proving to be a year of significant challenges, including a triple digit crime rate and great economic adversities, Grand Bahama Christian Council president, Bishop Arnold Pinder Jr., said he has a more favorable vision for 2014.
A firm believer that the best is yet to come, Pinder said, he believes the trying times that engulfed the country last year will be no more in 2014.
" I want you to believe me, Iâ ve seen it in a vision that for Grand Bahama the worst is over and the best is yet to come," he said.
" I believe that 2014 will be a year that God will fast forward our blessings. We will see us getting clothes that we haven't bought, food that we haven't bought and God will just fast forward what I see coming this year in 2014," Pinder continued.
Hopeful in the potential of the generation of tomorrow, the GB Christian Council president encouraged the youth to put their trust in the Lord this year.
" I want to see the youth make sure they put their trust in Jesus Christ. Trust Him that He will make a way for you," Pinder said.
He went on to say, "No matter what storm you faced in 2013, the mere fact that you are alive, you are to give God thanks and remember He is the reason for the season."
Pleased to serve as the voice of the young people Youth Activist, Nevar Smith, shared his views on the New Year.
" Now that 2013 has come to its end, there is usually something very exciting and refreshing about embracing a brand new year. Just as is the case for many other people, 2013 was a year where I personally experienced many challenges, amazing opportunities, and the occasional unexpected twist and turns that life throws at us from time to time. It was also a year that helped me to grow spiritually and in many other areas of my life," he said.
The young community leader had this message to residents at the start of 2014.
" With 2013 being relegated to the annals of history, let us embrace 2014 with a renewed sense of courage, optimism and love for our fellow Bahamian brothers and sisters. Let us develop a stronger passion for using our God given gifts/talents to further build a better Bahamas and continue the good fight against all forms of oppression and injustice," Smith added.
" Especially, the form of oppression that we too often inflict on ourselves via this ugly vice known as the 'Black Crap Syndrome.' I whole heartedly believe that our best days are still ahead of us as a country, and I declare that Grand Bahama will prosper, grow and thrive over the course of the New Year and beyond," he concluded.