Atlantic Caribbean Union


First Spanish-speaking Company Established in SBC

Student Missionaries, University of Montemorelos/Andrew Burrows, ATCU


The “100 Students Planting Churches Movement,” an outreach initiative of the Adventist Church in Inter-America involving student missionaries from Adventist universities within the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, was held in New Providence, Bahamas during June 9-15, 2013, at the Breath of Life Church in the South Bahamas Conference (SBC). The 15 students leading out in the project were student missionaries from Montemorelos University in Mexico. The objective of this initiative was to develop among university students a zeal for mission as they used their diverse abilities to “plant a church, grow a church, and expand God´s Kingdom!”

Each evening from 6:00 to 7:00, an interactive health fair program ¨Yo Quiero Vivir Sano” (I Want to Live Healthy), conceptualized by the Health Department of the North Mexican Union, was conducted by the students who attended to approximately 90 persons.
Following the health program, two crusades were held simultaneously. In the fellowship hall, the children´s crusade under the theme “Jesus is Coming for Me” was led by Mayra Ortiz, a 2013 graduate from the faculty of Education. Her team included Daniel Juarez, a student in the Language Institute and the official translator for the crusade, and Jonathan Salazar, a student in the Theology Department, who represented the character of Jesus and assisted with translation for the crusade.

Five student evangelists, Abdy Gonzalez, Ismael Facio, Samuel Juarez, Jonathan Salazar, and Emmanuel de Oleo, were used mightily to preach the gospel of Jesus with clarity and authority at the “Incomparable Christ Crusade” held in the main sanctuary. Alvarez Delta, Edith Facio, and Jisseth Rivas served as the ushers for the crusade, welcoming and registering visitors each night and distributing the gifts and the Bibles used during the sermon.

During the course of the meetings, a total of thirty-one Hispanic friends were registered. In addition, five new Hispanic converts attended the crusade nightly to hear the word of God and invited some of their family members and friends.

On Sabbath, June 15, six persons responded to the call and were baptized. Pastor Kenny Deveaux, pastor of the Breath of Life Seventh-day Adventist Church, conducted the baptismal ceremony. We praise God for the 6 souls that were won for the Kingdom of Heaven. To God be the glory!

Consequently, history was made on the afternoon of June 15 as the first Seventh-day Adventist Spanish-speaking company was organized in the SBC and in the entire Bahamas. Pastors Paul Scavella and Peter Joseph, president and executive secretary of the SBC respectively, officially organized the new company with 27 members. Pastor Leonard Johnson, president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), gave encouraging remarks and also the prayer of consecration for the new members.