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Deaconess Valerie Ferguson receives recognition

Celebrated for her faithful and dedicated service to Exuma

The Exuma district of the Bahamas Baptist Union of Churches (BBUC) and its President Leslie Curtis have recognized Deaconess Valerie Ferguson for her faithful and dedicated service over the years. President of the BBUC Women’s Department Minister Melda Ferguson, and her executives, selected Ferguson to be this year’s honoree based on her commitment and passion to serve the district.

Ferguson was born on November 17, 1953 in Forest, Exuma, to the late Jasper Ferguson and Emily Humes-Cunningham of South Side. She attended the Forest All-Age School and always had a zeal to achieve the best in whatever she did. As a believer of Jesus Christ, she was baptized in 1972 and was active in every church auxiliary. Ferguson is currently a member of Palestine Union Baptist Church in the Forest, where the pastor is Rev. Lynden Clarke. Over the years, Ferguson has served as secretary, youth president, choir directress, choir member, Sunday school superintendent and secretary, assistant secretary of the church, chairperson of evangelism, councilor of new converts and deaconess.

She has been very instrumental in the Exuma district by serving as president of the women’s ministry, second vice president of the BBUC Women’s Department, directress of the youth department, field secretary and choir member.

Ferguson’s favorite scriptures are Psalms 34 & 133: “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praises shall continually be in my mouth …”

On any given day in church, you would hear Ferguson delightfully singing “Bound for the land of Canaan”, “Where Could I Go”, “Sound The Battle Cry” and “I’m Glad I’ve Counted The Cost”.

She credits much of her growth, development and success to her late parents, as well as the late Rev. Earnest Ferguson, Deacon Harold Adderley, Rev. Louis Rolle, Rev. Dr. Irvin Clarke Sr. and Rev. Cedric Smith.

Like a flower, Ferguson continues to blossom and glisten with beauty. Her three children Clive Ferguson, Samantha and Katurah, and daughter-in-law Crystal – rise and call her blessed. Her grandchildren Clive Jr., Azaria Wilson and Ciel Major sit at her feet to listen, learn and be inspired.

Ferguson received many gifts and tokens of appreciation during the recent recognition service held in her honor, all of which she is appreciative.

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