CoG7 churches in the English-speaking Caribbean came together via Zoom on Sunday afternoon, February 14, for worship, inspiration, and encouragement under the theme “Strength for Today — Bright Hope for Tomorrow!”
Participants reflected the far reach of the work in the Caribbean in its impact on the Church around the world, including the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For example, the program was emceed by Pastor Robert Crawford, president of the British Conference and a son of the Church in Jamaica. He is also the IMC representative for Zone 5, which covers the African continent.
IMC secretary John Klassek brought greetings from Australia, and Paulo Coelho, Zone 7 representative from Portugal, attended as a special guest. IMC President Ramon Ruiz and General Conference President Loren Stacy also attended.
Program highlights included worship music provided by the Treasure Coast congregation in Port St. Lucie, Florida (Al Haynes, pastor); special music by Marjolene Rose; an inspiring presentation by Pastor Troy Christopher, leader of the work in Guyana, on the need for unity and collaboration; and a message by Whaid Rose titled “Embracing Our New Reality: Three Steps Forward.”
Approximately 150 attended the virtual event. The Zone 1 reps are Karell Wilson (Jamaica), Whaid Rose, and Calvin Burrell, who could not attend due to a power outage caused by ice storms that weekend. This was disappointing for all of us, since Elder Burrell was the chief organizer of this program.
Active conferences exist in Jamaica, Trinidad, Cayman Islands, St. Martin, Barbados, and Guyana, with contacts in many other countries throughout the region. The participants appreciated the encouragement and challenge, and expressed a strong desire for more events of this nature on a more frequent basis. Your prayers and support of the work in the Caribbean are much appreciated.
— Whaid Rose