Inspired by the need to have individuals protected after a 2014 outbreak of the Mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus (Chik-V) in Jamaica, which claimed scores of lives both locally and regionally, two Northern Caribbean University (NCU) students created an organic repellent, Guardana, which placed sixth in the annual International Business Model Competition (IBMC).
As the debt crisis and economic recession in Puerto Rico worsens, the Seventh-day Adventist Church on the island is struggling to reassure its membership while strengthening its schools and institutions.
Reports show that more than 100,000 people left the island for good in 2015. Among them were more than 1,000 church members, said Luis Rivera, treasurer of the church in Puerto Rico during a telephone conversation with Inter-American Division leaders.
His Excellency Governor of the Virgin Islands John S. Duncan recently visited the British Virgin Islands Adventist School for a special assembly to commemorate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“It is a special time for the British Virgin Islands whose link to the crown stretches back over 300 years,” said Governor Duncan to more than 300 pupils and teachers. The visit by the governor was intended to engender support for the celebrations and to help students appreciate their history.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Northwest Nicaragua recently gathered more than 1,000 small group leaders from across the cities of Puerto Cabezas and Matagalpa to be trained on evangelizing in their communities.
Attendees met at a campground in Matagalpa where they spent two days hearing messages from Adventist Theologian Dr. Angel Manuel Rodriguez and former Biblical Research Director at the Adventist World Church Headquarters in Maryland, United States.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Dominican Republic pointed to the Scriptures by displaying a statue of King Nebuchadnezzar as referenced in Daniel 2, during a recent ceremony in the city of San Juan de la Maguana.
Hundreds of church members attended the special program with the unveiling of the 10.4-foot statue created by the nationally recognized artist Freddy Alcantara, on April 16, 2016, at the central park in the city.
Hundreds of cyclists pedaled through the city of Cúcuta in Norte Santander, Colombia, last month, during a special sports event organized by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in coordination with the local governor’s office.
The event brought the Governor of Norte Santander William Villamizar, his wife and 40 of his officials as well as nearly 300 cyclists and church members, who rode early in the morning for 20 kilometers through the city.
A fire which damaged the Baie-Mahualt Adventist Church in the French Island of Guadeloupe two weeks ago is being blamed on arson. The Apr. 17 fire damaged part of the roof, an upper room housing musical instruments, an organ and the church’s sound system. Church leaders and members are thankful there was no loss of life.
Local authorities filed it as a criminal case still under investigation by local police, said Pastor Jacques Bibrac, executive secretary for the church in Guadeloupe.
As the Colombian government and rebel groups move toward ending the country’s long-standing civil conflict, Seventh-day Adventists are seeking ways to support the peace efforts and to help rebuild a society damaged by almost five decades of violence.
A two-day peace forum held last month at the Adventist Church’s South Colombia headquarters in the capital, Bogotá, brought together religious leaders, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academics, and others, to discuss strategies for supporting post-conflict reconciliation and rebuilding.
The Adventist educational system in Guatemala continues to strengthen as leaders invest resources in its infrastructure, school expansions, teachers and ensuring quality Christian education to its thousands of students.
Just recently, a large new school was inaugurated in Guatemala City as “Juan el Bautista, Adventist School” (or John the Baptist Adventist School) with a large campus of 34 classrooms and with the capacity for 800 students.
A Bible Café in the Caribbean island of St. Maarten is keeping Adventist young adults interested in studying their Sabbath School lesson every week. For nearly a year now, some two-dozen young adults from the Philipsburg Adventist Church take time to munch on the Word of God together and connect in a friendly environment.