PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams joined a large section of the community in wishing Pastor Wycliffe Smith of the New Testament Baptist Church a happy and fruitful retirement as he moves to phase in life. The Prime Minister highlighted during her address that, although Pastor Smith may be celebrating his retirement, she is sure he will be contributing further to he country during his new phase in life; “The word retirement is sort of off-limits when we discuss Pastor Smith; it could not be since we are not celebrating a retirement but we are celebrating with Pastor Smith and his family him entering a new phase in his life; a new chapter.
I thank you for the opportunity to say a few words because it is a good thing to move unto a different phase in life, especially when persons think of you in terms of already moving into a newer and higher phase. There is so much that we can thank you for, so in that context I would like to thank Pastor Smith for his contribution thus far to the society of St. Maarten and beyond. Pastor Smith I have known you for a very long time, and in so many different functions including in that of education and I am sure that you can look back at a very rewarding time during which you have helped to shape so many of our young people in the way which you did. Thank you Pastor Smith.
Your contribution to Government has been equally important and there too I must say thank you Pastor Smith. Thank you for your kind and intellectual contribution in different ways. Pastor Smith you have always done what you have been called to do without ever making a fuss about it. And so to me the biggest contribution is your contribution to this church and reaching to each and every individual on St. Maarten whether they called on you or when you felt they needed you. I cannot remember a time when you ever refused to serve when called upon when serving your community. For that we thank you, thank you for shaping and lifting up this country. And I am sure we will thank you for what you will be doing in the next phase of your life. You are truly a person who is appreciated and who so many look up to. May God grant you many more years of health and enjoyable life. God bless you,” commented Prime Minister Wescot-Williams.