As part of the centennial celebration of the organization of the Inter-American Division (IAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as an administrative body, the IAD will launch on July 3, 2022, the Gospel Caravan, a program designed to carry the gospel into the unentered territories throughout the division.
The objectives of the gospel caravan are to model Christ’s method of mingling with people in the communities; to impact the residents of at least 100 new areas within the territory of Inter-America with the social dimension of the gospel; to engage members of the Church in addressing targeted social needs of residents in these unentered territories of the division; to present a positive image of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to residents of these communities; and to reinforce the ministries that pioneered Adventism in the IAD territory.
On July 3, the program will commence with a special virtual consecration service at the headquarters of the IAD. The leaders of the IAD will give an overview of the program and then pass a symbolic gospel caravan torch to the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), the first of the 24 unions of the IAD to receive the torch. The gospel caravan torch is expected to traverse the territory of the IAD via the 24 administrative regions that make up the division. Upon receiving the torch, the administrators of ATCU will highlight the exciting projects that have been done, are being done, and will be done in the unentered communities of the ATCU territory. On July 4, 2022, at the end of a day of activities in its unentered territories, ATCU will then pass the torch on to the Belize Union (administrative region).
Some activities that are planned to take place in some of the unentered communities in ATCU include a major health expo, a youth program designed to engage boys, and distribution of Adventist publications. Every member can get involved in this gospel caravan and share in spreading the love of Christ across every unentered community in the ATCU.
With a membership of 27,883, 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.