Congratulations to Bishop and Lady Mary Searight
2011 Esther Award
Bishop and Lady Mary Searight, along with the Abundant Life Family Worship Church (ALFWC) congregation, are the New Brunswick Theological Seminary 2011 Esther Award Winners. The Esther Award, conferred annually by New Brunswick Theological Seminary, recognizes those whose behavior in the public sphere gives witness to a strong foundation in Christian faith and ethic. The Esther Award is given to acknowledge those whose belief and commitment to the Gospel enable them to rise fully to a Christian response in the face of public turmoil.
This year, ALFWC marked a significant milestone for both the church and its visionary leadership. For 20 years, it has given food to the hungry and water to the thirsty, provided shelter to the lost and clothing for the naked, and visited the sick and brought hope to those in bondage.
ALFWC's "Stepping out of Darkness" Ministry has addressed the problem of alcohol, drug abuse and other addictions within the New Brunswick community for nearly as many years. This Christ-centered deliverance ministry has helped thousands of people through weekly meetings, counseling and prayer, as well as partnerships with clinics, treatment centers and camps to assist in the recovery process. ALFWC's approach of addressing not only the person battling the addiction but his/her support system as well has proved to be effective and inspiring.
In addition to helping people break the chains of substance abuse, the church is ministering to those who are bound by incarceration. Every week, members of the ALFWC congregation share the light and love of Jesus Christ with inmates at the Middlesex County Correctional Facility. More than a simple worship service, the time is spent teaching and showing inmates their lives have a God-given purpose. The care for people impacted by life's trials is not limited to those within the neighborhood, or even within U.S. borders. The Abundant Life congregation has extended the love of God across continents and seas to help meet the needs of those affected by disasters. The R.E.A.C.H. Ministry has generously donated time, money, food, clothing and medical supplies to Haiti, Liberia and other places around the world.
Bishop and Lady Mary Searight and the Abundant Life congregation were presented with the 2011 Esther Award on Tuesday, August 30th during our annual President's Dinner and First Things First Worship celebration. The Esther Award consists of two prizes: a commemorative gift to the Award winner and the naming of a seminarian as the ALFWC Scholar for one year. The student will receive, in the name of Abundant Life, a one-year scholarship which will cover all tuition and fees.