Adventist World Church Secretariat Visits Jamaica

Nigel Coke…Communication Director, Jamaica Union Conference

Seventh-day Adventists Secretaries from most of the Churches World Divisions led by Dr. G. T. Ng, Secretary of the General Conference, visited Jamaica from June 8 – 11, 2017.

In the first of a four-country visit of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD), the Jamaica Union Conference (JAMU) led by Pastor Everett Brown was more than happy to have hosted what he termed “the World Church in Jamaica.”

Dr. G.T. Ng (second from left) greets Dr. Meric Walker, Secretary of the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (JAMU) on arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday June 8, 2017. From left are: Mrs. Ivy Ng, wife of Dr. Ng, Kimani Smith, Customer Service Agent at the NMIA, Pastor Everett Brown, President of JAMU and Pastor Bancroft Barwise, Treasurer of JAMU. (photos by Nigel Coke)

“We are indeed privileged to not only be the host, but the first in their four-nation tour by the World Church,” said Pastor Brown. “We are happy to be able to give them a glimpse of what God has done through His church here in Jamaica. The visit has once again reminded us of our call to participate in the global mission of the church.

During the time in Jamaica, the team visited the Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) headquarters in Spanish Town, Northern Caribbean University (NCU) and the JAMU headquarters in Mandeville, and the Good Samaritan Inn and Andrews Memorial Hospital (AMH) in Kingston.

“We are very pleased with what is happening in Jamaica,” said Pastor Ng. “What we see happening at NCU is a perfect example of what it means that Seventh-day Adventists should be the head and not the tail through its Information Technology (IT) Department and in Business Model competitions.” Pastor Ng also described the work at the Good Samaritan Inn as one that should be emulated by other regions of the world.

On Sabbath June 10, all the Division and GC Secretaries were deployed in churches in Kingston and St. Catherine to preach the Word of God.

In the afternoon, the team of thirty-one was hosted to a Symposium where they were shown highlights of some of the activities that took place and are currently taking place in the five Conferences and two Institutions of the Union.

The team departed Jamaica early Sunday Morning, June 11 for Panama, the second country of the tour.

Pastor Ellie Henry, Secretary of the Church in Inter America addresses the delegation in the bus before their departure from the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

Pastor Ellie Henry, Secretary of the Church in Inter America, addresses the delegation and staff at the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists during a stop at the Conference's headquarters in Spanish Town, St. Catherine

The delegation along with members of the administration of Northern Caribbean University (NCU). NCU's president, Dr. Lincoln Edwards is at (second from right front row)

The delegation visit to the Good Samaritan Inn in Kingston.

Dr. G. T. Ng, secretary of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists delivers the Vesper message after the Symposium at the Hagley Park Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kingston.