Wilson Meets Jamaican Leaders, Haitian Adventists, During Tour
JAMAICAN WELCOME: Adventist world church president Ted N. C. Wilson greets Jamaican prime minister Portia Simpson Miller in Kingston on February 3. The two leaders discussed the role of the Adventist Church in the country and prayed togethereventh-day Adventist Church president Ted N. C. Wilson met with top Jamaican national leaders during a recent tour of the island nation to promote the church’s Revival and Reformation initiative.
Wilson, his wife, Nancy, and local Adventist Church officials paid a courtesy call to Jamaica’s prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, and governor-general, Sir Patrick Allen. The visit coincided with the island nation’s fiftieth anniversary of independence.
Miller commended the church’s contributions to education and national development in the country. “The Seventh-day Adventist Church plays such an important role and has been doing a wonderful job in Jamaica,” she said.
There are some 270,000 Adventists worshipping at more than 650 churches in Jamaica. Church officials in the country estimate that about one in every 11 people there is an Adventist.
Wilson told the prime minister, “We want to be seen as an integral part of society. We want Seventh-day Adventists to be known as people who truly and genuinely fulfill the ministry of Jesus,” he said, citing education, health outreach, social programs, and spiritual guidance.
While in the Caribbean, Wilson also toured Haiti. Two years after a devastating earthquake, Adventists there continue to rebuild churches and schools with the help of Maranatha Volunteers International, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, and the offerings of church members worldwide.
—reported by Nigel Coke, Inter-American Division