ATCU Celebrates IAD Centennial by Planting Trees

As a part of the year-long celebration of its 100th anniversary of becoming an organizational unit (division) of the Adventist World Church, the Inter-American Division (IAD) has requested each of its 24 unions (regional administrative units) and their subsidiaries to plant 100 fruit and ornamental trees in their territories.

The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) began its participation in this celebratory event when the three officers of the union, Pastor Peter Kerr, president, Dr. Cheryl Rolle, secretary, and Elder Roderick Sands, treasurer, assembled on Thursday, April 7, 2022, to plant a mango tree and a star fruit tree on the grounds of the union headquarters located on Gladstone Road, Nassau, The Bahamas.

Elder Roderick Sands, Dr. Cheryl Rolle, and Pastor Peter Kerr planting a mango tree at ATCU Headquarters in Nassau, The Bahamas. Photo by ATCU Media Department

Pastor Peter Kerr, on the occasion, noted the benefits trees provide to the island-nation of The Bahamas and to the environment.  He also reflected on the significance of the tree-planting activity, giving God thanks for the many years that the IAD has proclaimed the gospel throughout the Inter-American territory.

Other tree-planting initiatives will be taking place across The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, as church leaders, members, and schools in each conference (administrative unit) in ATCU come together to plant trees in celebration of 100 years of God’s faithfulness to the church in the Inter-America region.

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.