he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and,
as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath
day, and stood up for to read.
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet
Esaias. When he had opened the book, he found the place
where it was written.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed
me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to
heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives,
and recovering of sight to the blind...
Luke 4:16-18:Volunteers in the prisons, volunteers in the
hospitals, volunteers in hurricane-ravaged territories,
volunteers providing free medical screening, volunteers
conducting stop-smoking clinics, and the list goes on!
The Caribbean Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
is committed to the gospel of caring and sharing, preaching
the everlasting gospel, promoting a philosophy of education
that involves the harmonious development of the head, the
heart and hand. It has developed a super-quick and meaningful
response to disasters and tragedy. Therefore scars are turned
Stretching from St Thomas and St Croix in the North to Guyana
and Suriname in the South, we have 26 territories managing
hospitals and clinics, operating primary and secondary schools,
while developing a world-class university nestled in the
edenic and scenic Maracas Valley.
When you talk about Davis Memorial Hospital in Guyana and
the Community Hospital in T&T, you are talking about
the unique health message of a movement that is seeking
to move beyond excellence.
The mission is clear: to rescue and restore hurting humanity.
The Caribbean Union Conference and supporting institutions
are engaged in a comprehensive, leadership training programme,
which is reflected in the mission statement of the University
of the Southern Caribbean, formerly Caribbean Union College.
Let us examine some of its objectives:
To develop and maintain a spiritual, academic, social, and
physical environment in which competent workers are trained
for service to God and humanity.
To provide an instructional programme which leads students
to accept God as the source of all truth, and the Bible
as an expression of His divine plan of salvation.
To challenge students to enlarge their worldview as they
integrate religion, culture, and scholarship.
It is well known that outstanding leaders are individuals
with extraordinary vision and a will to achieve that vision.
The Caribbean Union Conference is dedicated to the task
of empowering leaders to respond to the narcotic sword of
Damocles that is attracting and trapping youth in the business
of killing and kidnapping. It encourages youth to be proactive,
productive and positive.
It has a ministry for youth that involves youth from the
age of six to 35.
The Adventurer, Pathfinder and Master Guide clubs teach
the youth that unconditional love stimulated by the blood
of Jesus Christ and fuelled by the Holy Ghost must be the
transformation factors in their lives.
The church in this region gives critical support to institutions
and churches which develop innovative programmes such as
the Loveuntil Foundation. We affirm this marvelous initiative
of the Laventille SDA Church who has built and managed this
community project. We thank God for Brian Jones, Rachel
Roberts, Selwyn Murphy, Steve Byng and many others who have
a spirit of compassion.
The Laventille church has decided that it must move its
community involvement to another level. The members have
decided that cosmetic measures would not stop the crime
and violence and the fear that is generated by the gangs
and the drug trade. The leaders wish to make a stunning
impact on the youth in the community.
The Caribbean Union Conference continues to affirm this
noble venture that has a homework centre, a bakery, a preschool,
craft classes, and a massive training programme for those
who wish to be members of the Support Group Ministries.
The Youth and Health Ministries are assisting the Loveuntil
Foundation in developing the Heart Touch Ministries which
consists of four groups:
The Heart to Heart Ministry which ministers to Aids patients
and victims of abuse. The national Heart to Heart organisation
manages the Heart Home in Sangre Grande that
has been a sanctuary for abused and abandoned children since
The Dream Team group which motivates and guides students
in primary and secondary schools.
The Effort group which seeks to assist the unemployed and
The Courage Unlimited Please (Cup) group, which seeks to
rescue youth who would like to leave dangerous gangs. Cup
is in the process of forming support groups for victims
of crime and violence.
The Personal Ministries and Adra (Adventist Development
and Relief Agency) moved beyond excellence when Hurricane
Ivan the terrible struck the Caribbean and devastated Grenada.
Millions of dollars and hundreds of volunteers moved into
action. Samuel Telemaque and Theodore Jaria swung into action.
Homes were constructed and repaired, there was a mega-food-distribution-drive,
and a major counselling programme was instituted. Members
of every denomination were assisted.
The Caribbean Union Conference has adopted the lifestyle
of Jesus and this guides us to move beyond excellence. Projects
have evolved into ministries and ministries into institutions.
Think of the Community Hospital that was almost sold, but
God had different plans. Think of the diligent, brilliant
CEO, Dr Richard Spann, an internationally acclaimed neurosurgeon,
transforming this medical facility into a palace of hope,
comfort and courage.
Think of the School of Nursing that will begin in the University
of the Southern Caribbean in September. This department
of nursing is committed to giving nurses a high quality
Christ-centred education, seeking at all times to treat
patients with dignity, integrity, social justice and cultural
sensitivity. Dr Trevor Gardener and his administration must
We thank the New Hope Prison Ministry, Richard Barker and
Lloyd Cadogan and their team, for fantastic services to
humanity behind prison bars and ministering to their relatives,
helping them to cope with the clouds of darkness and loneliness.
The Caribbean Union Conference is not perfect, but it is
engaged in the quest for perfection. Congratulations to
Dr Eugene Daniel and his team of professionals, continuing
to move beyond excellence.