More than 2,000 Seventh-day Adventist young people took to Jamaican streets last weekend to spruce up neighborhoods and encourage healthy lifestyles as part of a church initiative to keep youth away from crime.
Crime is a growing problem among young people in Jamaica, and local Adventist leaders are fighting back with Operation Save A Youth, or O-SAY, which mobilizes young people to volunteer and help others in their communities and inspire at-risk peers.
Joaquin Soc (center) with 110 years of age is helped out of the water after being baptized by Pastor Anibal Perez (left) in San Andres, Sajcabaja, in Quiche, Guatemala, on Jan. 31, 2015, as fellow Seventh-day Adventists look on. Soc becomes the eldest member of the Agostadero Adventist Church in Quiche, in the northwest region of Guatemala. Image by Rosita Hernandez/IAD.
Small group leaders study the Bible during a special lay training organized by the Adventist Church in west Guatemala, on Jan. 24, 2015. Some 950 laypeople from San Marcos, Quetzaltenango and Huehuetenango regions gathered to sharpen their leadership skills in sharing the gospel in their communities through a certification program from Central American Adventist University. Image by Melvin Batz/IAD
IAD President Israel Leito talks to the media at El Palacio de los Deportes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, during a press conference held Jan. 17, 2015. Pastor Leito spoke on the work of the Adventist Church on the island and around the globe during the culmination of evangelistic efforts which resulted in hundreds of baptisms. Image by Reynaldo Carela/IAD
Seventh-day Adventist Church President Ted N. C. Wilson unveils the new sign, officially changing the name of 7th Street in La Romana, Dominican Republic, to Ellen G. White Street, or “Elena G. de White” on Jan. 15, 2015. The street is located in the Villa Alacrán community and connects two neighboring communities. District Councilman Wanchy Medin (second from left) was credited for the idea of renaming the street. Images by Libna Stevens/IAD
Seventh-day Adventists listen in as Pastor Everett Brown, president of the church in Jamaica, calls on them to ‘press on’ to be involved in the mission of the church and nation building during a special worship service at the Mandeville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mandeville, Jamaica, Nov. 8, 2014. The service featured a symposium to launch activities and initiatives during the commemoration of 125 years of Adventism in the country to be held next year. Image by Nigel Coke/IAD.Man
A group of Seventh-day Adventists dressed in their cultural outfits from the Tenejapa District, in Chiapas, Mexico, hold their women’s ministries certificates during a special ceremony held at the Los Sauces Camp Auditorium in Chiapas, on Oct. 25, 2014. The women speak the Tzental dialect and represented some 501 women who completed training in Women’s ministries leadership as Inter-America celebrated the end of its Year of Non-Formal Education on the same day. More than 30,700 church members from the Chiapas region were trained to better serve the church this year. Image by Martha Martinez