Life Changers Ministries International started in 2003 on Pitt Road, where it held services for five years before moving to Bacardi Road in 2008 to hold services under a tent for 13 months, and then moving into a physical building once again across the street from that tent for another seven years. In September 2016, they moved into a new facility and three years later have opened a second campus on Eleuthera. But the preaching and teaching of the church’s pastor is in no way new to the community as Pastor Valentino Williams has been declaring the Word on that island since 2000, so he was more than excited to establish a physical edifice.
“We’re excited to have the brand of our Nassau campus all the way in Eleuthera,” said Williams.
He’s taking the ministry into South Eleuthera, an area that already has a number of great ministries, but Williams says he believes God sent the ministry there to join the workforce.
“The Bible says that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. So, we’re just going there to join hands with those ministries that are there to really bring about a revival in the midst of that area. There are so many people that are unsaved, that are unchurched, that are strung out on drugs, that are in gangs – that are doing so many things they should not be doing, and so I believe a ministry like Life Changers, once it gets there and connects with the other ministries that are there, only great things can take place.”
Williams said he’s expecting a spiritual revival to hit the area as well as an economic one and he believes Life Changers Ministries International’s presence in the community will assist in an economic revival. He said one of the core pillars of their ministry is their vision of economic empowerment, and that they have plans for a few initiatives to aid in the economic revival, including taking international conferences that would normally be held on New Providence to the island, as well as the planned construction of a convention center.
“I’ve always had an affinity for Eleuthera. I’ve been preaching the gospel there from 2000 – from the north, the central, the south – so I’ve been to Eleuthera declaring the Word of the Lord for a very long time, and over the last few months in particular we were at a marriage conference we were doing down there; the spirit of God spoke to me and told me the time is now to get to Eleuthera, and so we put the wheels in motion, we were able to find a location, and the rest was history.
“We believe that the brand we have here, the success that we’ve had in Nassau, will hit Eleuthera by force,” said the senior pastor.
“One thing I got from the last 16 years is to trust in God and to have faith in him, and to know that once you write that vision and you make it plain, it shall come to pass. Though it may tarry, wait for it. And over those 16 years, I’ve learned to walk by faith and not by sight,” he said.
Life Changers Ministries International has opened a second campus mere weeks after Hurricane Dorian devastated the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, and Williams reminded people that there is always hope.
“As long as there is breath in your body, there is hope. As long as you’re six feet above the ground, there’s hope. God is not finished with you. God has a plan for your life – plans to prosper you and give you good courage.”
He encouraged them to trust in God.
“If you trust in him he will never disappoint you. I encourage you to hold onto your faith. Hold onto your belief. God will see you through in this very difficult time. We might not have been this particular way before, but we’ve had some challenging times before and in the midst of them all, God brought us through. He is the same God today, yesterday and forever,” said Williams.