Atlantic Caribbean Union

Students Prepare for Mission Trip to ATCU

By: Communication Department, ATCU

“Planta una iglesia, Crece una iglesia, Expande el reino de Dios” (“Plant a church, Grow a church, Expand God’s Kingdom” i s the motto of the student missionary group from the University of Montemorelos in Mexico who are preparing to embark on a missionary project in New Providence, The Bahamas during June 6 – 16, 2013.
According to Pastor Jamaal Franklyn, one of the coordinators for the trip, the students at the University of Montemorelos participate each year in at least two missionary trips: one during the summer and the other during the Christmas break.

On Sunday, May 12, 2013, Pastor Andrew E. Burrows, youth director for the Atlantic Caribbean, who was in Mexico to participate in the Inter-American Division’s (IAD) Pathfinder manual revision, met with the group of students, pastors, and other leaders at the university as they finalized their plans. He shared with the students aspects of the Atlantic Caribbean Union, the culture of the Bahamas, and plans for the various meetings.

During March of this year, Pastor Samuel Telemaque, director of Adventist Missions for the IAD, conducted a seminar with the students, focusing on the principles and philosophy of “Urban Mission to the Cities.”

Professor Ekel Collins, vice-president for student services at the university, highlighted that the students will take with them several ministries, such as drama, puppetry for the children, health seminars, and of course, preaching and sharing of the Word. As alluded to in their motto, the ultimate goal is to help establish a Spanish-speaking congregation on the island of New Providence, the location of the headquarters of the South Bahamas Conference, one of the four fields of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU).

The group is multi-cultural with students from Mexico, Germany, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. Jonathan Deram, one of the students from Chihuahua, Mexico, said for him, “this mission trip is about helping others get to know Jesus.” The students are excited and anxious to share and interact with the Spanish-speaking population in New Providence.

Photos by: Daniel Gallardo

Mexico Students Demonstrating Plant a Church, Grow a CHurch
Mexican Students Meeting With Pastor Burrows 2
Mexico Students Group 1
Mexico- Youth Director Investiture Service
Mexico- Youth Director Investiture Service 2