In Inter-America, thousands of active members get trained to better serve the church interamerica.org/?p=14058
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-America celebrated its Year of Non-Formal Education with a special live program from Willemstad, Curacao, on Oct. 25, 2014. Nearly 200,000 active church members, pastors and administrators were awarded certifications for completing specialized training to better serve the church and the community throughout the territory.
More than a dozen children raise their brand-new backpacks loaded with schools supplies after the Adventist and Development Relief Agency in Mexico’s Inter-Oceanic region distributed these in the Naranjos Community in North Veracruz, Aug. 19, 2014. Some 6,000 backpacks were distributed across the region thanks to the donation of school supplies by hundreds of church members earlier this year throughout dozens of local Adventist churches. Image by Aarón Omaña/IAD.
Akia Perue, age 12, from the Bueno Vista Adventist Church in St. Elizabeth expresses his emotion in tears as he sings “I’m Gonna Be Ready” during the service of installation for the new administration of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in West Jamaica held at the church’s conference center in Mount Salem, St James, Jamaica, Oct. 4, 2014. Image by Nigel Coke/IAD
Ten pastors join hands to meet deacons in the water as they prepare for a massive baptism ceremony at the Western Esplanade in Nassau, Bahamas, Sep. 27, 2014. Some 150 new members were baptized as a part of Mission to the City -The Nassau Experience, which took place from early September through early October. Image by John Garcia/IAD
Montemorelos University President Dr. Ismael Castilo (second from right) awards the Medal of Merit Israel Leito to Pastor Leito, IAD president, for his distinguished sensitivity to the needs of the church organization’s human resources, establishing new policies and making decisions in favor of individuals and their families in church employment. The medal was awarded in the presence of top IAD church leaders during the opening ceremony of Inter-America’s II Education Congress held in Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Sep. 10, 2014. Image by Libna Stevens/IAD
Dozens of young people pose for a picture after gathering bags of disposable items for recycling from Heredia’s Central Park and surrounding streets during a recycling campaign in collaboration with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Costa Rica, on Aug. 24, 2014. The initiative was part of a series of activities coined as ADRAthon to promote the agency’s interest in the welfare of the public locally and globally. Images by Karol Ruiz/IAD
Seventh-day Adventist leaders from the General Conference, the Inter-American Division and the South Central American Union pose for a group photo after a two-day survey committee meeting with local leaders in Panama City, Panama, Aug. 24-25, 2014. The survey committee studied and recommended that the church in Panama be approved as a union mission, thus reorganizing the South Central American Union to consist of just Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The Panama Union would become the 23rd union, or church region, of the IAD once the Adventist World Church approves it next month during its annual council meetings. Image by Jose Daniel Sanchez/IAD.