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December 29, 2012
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The Lord elevated me


George Henry - Elder Laval Wilkinson

GEORGE HENRY, STAR Writer

The Bible tells us in James chapter 4 and verse 10, that we should humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift us up. Well, Elder Laval Wilkinson is one Christian who has applied these words to his life and is now reaping the benefits for his humility.

A native of Malvern in St Elizabeth, Wilkinson grew up in a poor family and experienced many struggles throughout his life. He became a Christian in 1994 and became a member of the Malvern Seventh-day Adventist Church. Knowing that if he lived by the words in James chapter 4 he would have been lifted up by the Lord, he sought to serve his Maker well.

This young elder, who currently worships at the Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church in Toronto, Canada, has seen God elevate him from being an ordinary church member to head elder, Sabbath school teacher, and to be the man in charge of the fund-raising department for that congregation.

God has been working in Wilkinson's life to the extent that he has been elevated, despite many writing him off in his Malvern community. Many did not expect him to become anyone worthwhile in life, but he was able to access and acquire teacher training at the Bethlehem Moravian College and work in at least one large corporation in Canada, which he headed before returning to the classroom in that country. He is currently serving as coordinator at Calvary Child and Family services in Ontario, where he works as a counsellor.

"I have been a Seventh-day Adventist Christian since 1994 and I have been involved as an officer since that very same year. I have served as treasurer, youth leader, Sabbath school teacher; Head elder, men's ministry leader, and fund-raising coordinator," bragged Elder Wilkinson, who added that living for God is a great way to live, because It adds great meaning and purpose to life.

Wilkinson's walk with the Lord started out of the fact that his grandmother was a praying person. He noted that, although she was not a church regular until she got baptised in her 70s, she always used the principles of the Bible to raise him.

"I was invited to church one Sabbath by one of my cousins, and that was it. I was hungry for knowledge and read voraciously. The decision to get baptised was just a natural outcome," testified the elder.

Wilkinson recalled that, prior to his surrendering to the Lord, he was an individual who was unsure, confused, unfocused and misdirected, a lump of clay searching for a purpose and definite direction in life.

"I was afraid of the God I heard about; afraid of the judgement I heard about, until I got to know him for myself," noted the church leader.

Now that Wilkinson knows God for himself, he pointed out that he now fears Him (God) and is not afraid of Him, and now basks in his freedom. He added that he is now more certain about himself and his life than he would ever have been otherwise.

Elder Wilkinson stated that the things people used to say about God before he got to know Him only drove Him in fear, and, according to him, that is not what God wants. He explained that God wants us to run to Him out of love.

The husband of TracyAnn and the father of Lavanya wants persons who are not yet saved to know that they are missing out on a lot while living a life without Christ.

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