The Inter-American Division (IAD) will host an online program in celebration of Adventist Volunteer Service (AVS) Day that will be held on May 14, 2022, at 3:30 p.m. Among those participating will be General Conference of SDA (GC) executive secretary, Pastor Erton Kohler; IAD president, Pastor Elie Henry; IAD executive secretary, Dr. Leonard Johnson; and IAD assistant secretary and AVS coordinator, Mrs. Janelle Scantlebury-Smith. Adventist Volunteer Service Day will highlight people who have served or completed their service as a part of the AVS program and will also give special recognition to that service.
The mission of the General Conference AVS Program is to assist the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the proclamation of the gospel to all peoples through the ministry of Adventist Volunteers, matching talents, gifts, resources, and professional expertise with defined needs.
According to Dr. Cheryl Rolle, ATCU executive secretary, AVS provides anyone (between the ages of 18 years and 79 years), who has a passion for helping others or who needs something worthwhile to do, with the opportunity to volunteer in many exciting places around the world. “If you want to follow your heart in serving others for Christ or if you are unsure of what to do with your life after high school, college, or retirement, then consider volunteering to help share the love of Christ in one of the many places around the world that needs your assistance,” invites Dr. Rolle.
Persons can volunteer for short-term assignments that range anywhere from one day to two months or for long-term assignments that can range from two months to two years or longer. Volunteers can select from a variety of countries and tasks that range from drivers to teachers. Additionally, institutions and fields within ATCU needing persons for service can make requests for individuals to come and volunteer for any length of time. Individuals can learn about AVS opportunities around the globe by clicking here.
The AVS Day program can be viewed on the IAD’s Facebook page @interamerica.org; on Zoom at 929 3574 1547 – Passcode 500859; and the IAD’s YouTube channel – Inter-American Division. With a membership of 33,130, ATCU, which is headquartered in Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas, comprises four fields, namely, the Cayman Islands Conference, the North Bahamas Conference, the South Bahamas Conference, and the Turks and Caicos Islands Conference. In addition, Northern Caribbean University, which is in Mandeville, Jamaica, is jointly owned and operated by ATCU and the Jamaica Union.