IAD Hosts Pastoral Week of Prayer

IAD Hosts Pastoral Week of Prayer
Communication Department, ATCU



During January 31 to February 8, 2014, pastoral families in the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) will join pastoral families from across the Inter-American Division (IAD) for the Week of Prayer for Pastoral Families. 

“Our main focus is to strengthen the unity of the pastor and his family, let them know that we value their ministry and are concerned for their well-being in general,” says Pastor Hector Sanchez, ministerial secretary for the Adventist church in Inter-America and one of the organizers of the event.  The Week of Prayer involves pastoral families coming together at corporate venues and in homes to worship God, interact with each other, and strengthen the family relations.  

On Friday, January 31 beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST, pastors and their families on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas will come together at the headquarters of the ATCU on Gladstone Road.   The conferences and mission outside of New Providence, the Bahamas will designate a venue for their pastors and their families to meet for the opening and the remainder of the event. 

In the South Bahamas Conference, Mrs. Patrice Gordon, special events coordinator, has confirmed that pastoral families will  be grouped together and assigned to meet at various homes.   

The week-long occasion will be streamed from the IAD's headquarters and can be viewed at 
 webcast.interamerica.org each evening at 7:30.   The Atlantic Caribbean Union will be featured on Tuesday, February 4 and Wednesday, February 5.   The complete schedule for the week can be accessed at http://webcast.interamerica.org/schedule.

ATCU is Now Connected

ATCU is Now Connected
Communication Department, ATCU

ATCU Tests Connectivity
“It is called the pathway to permanent communication," said Osmond Langa, director of network and telephony at the Inter-American Division (IAD), describing “Connectivity,” the IAD’s communication platform that links the various entities within the division.  

Mr. Langa recently visited the headquarters of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas to install the platform which consists of a virtual (video) and a distributed (telecommunication) system that allows permanent communication in the IAD territory.

ATCU Officers testing Connectivity

Once the installation was completed, the official test of the system was performed on Thursday, January 23, 2014, by Mr. Langa and John Garcia, media manager for ATCU.     During the test, the administrators and personnel at ATCU were able to connect in real time with two of the unions in the IAD, the Jamaican Union and Caribbean Union, and two fields within ATCU, the Cayman Islands Conference and the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission.   

Pastor Andrew Burrows, communication director of ATCU, noted that the system allows for efficient, clear, and instant communication with the division and other unions and helps to keep travel costs down.    In addition, the union can host online meetings with the fields within its territory and participate with other unions during division meetings and events.    

The goal, according to Langa, is to have all the unions within the IAD as a part of the platform very soon.

ATCU Connectivity

ATCU Educators Participate in IAD's First Virtual Education Congress

ATCU Educators Participate in IAD's First Virtual Education Congress
Communication Department, ATCU

On Sabbath, November 12, 2013, approximately 80 educators from throughout the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) met in their respective fields to be a part of the Inter-American Division’s (IAD) first virtual education congress. The event was streamed live across the division's territory from the headquarters of the IAD in Miami, Florida. According to information from the organizers of the congress, which can be found on the IAD’s website at www.interamerica.org, more than 120 educators from the 22 unions in IAD attended the live event at the division’s headquarters with thousands more from around Inter-America viewing by internet.

In New Providence, teachers and administrators from Bahamas Academy, one of the four schools within the union, worshipped at the union's headquarters on Gladstone Road. Dr. Cheryl Rolle, education director for ATCU, brought brief remarks, explaining that the congress was organized to achieve three main objectives: (1) To strengthen commitment to God; (2) To strengthen commitment to the church; and (3) To strengthen the personal commitment of the educators and leaders of the educational system in the IAD territory. The activities and presentations affirmed that the mission of the educational system of the Seventh-day Adventist Church was to see the children and youth of the church saved in Christ’s kingdom. Presenters included Dr. Lisa Beardsley-Hardy, education director of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (GC); Dr. Gamaliel Florez, education director of IAD; and Pastor Samuel Telemaque, director of the Office of Adventist Mission and associate Sabbath School and personal ministries director of the IAD.


In Freeport, Grand Bahama, teachers from Grand Bahama Academy viewed the congress at the North Bahamas Conference office. In the Cayman Islands, Pastor Ivor Harry, education director for the conference, reports that on the Friday evening before the Sabbath morning service, 25 teachers from Cayman Academy participated in a communion service and love feast. Then, on Sabbath morning, they assembled at the school's auditorium to be a part of the virtual congress.

Representing the Atlantic Caribbean Union at the site of the live event in Miami, Florida were Rowena Smith from Bahamas Academy, Mr. Henry Morgan from Grand Bahama Academy, and Mrs. Asha Singh from Cayman Academy. DSC_9146DSC_9148DSC_9151DSC_9152DSC_9155
Photos by John Garcia

ATCU Attends IAD’s Year-end Meetings

ATCU Attends IAD’s Year-end Meetings Communication Department, ATCU

Dr. Leonard Johnson, president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), along with Pastor Peter Kerr, executive secretary of ATCU, and Elder Roderick Sands, ATCU treasurer, attended the annual year-end meetings of the Inter-American Division (IAD) in Tuxtla, South Mexico during October 23-29, 2013.
During this year’s meetings, two of the local mission fields, which gained conference status, held their inauguration services conducted by Pastor Israel Leito, president of the IAD. Additionally, the new three-million-dollar Chiapas Union headquarters was dedicated. In attendance was Pastor Mike Ryan, one of the vice-presidents of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Items discussed in the business sessions included policy amendments, an update on the theology of ordination, and amendments to the 28 Fundamental Beliefs. Dr. Johnson noted that the church was not changing the fundamental beliefs, but was adjusting the language in order to reflect more sensitivity towards both males and females. Another area given attention, according to Dr. Johnson, was the Biblical account of creation, with the church underscoring in a stronger sense its support of the Biblical account of creation. Growth in the church’s membership and Biblical stewardship were also discussed, and the 22 unions of the IAD, including ATCU, presented video reports of events, plans, and programs of their respective territories within the last year.
One other event that took place was Dr. Johnson accepting an award on behalf of ATCU for hosting the students of Montemorelos University as a part of the 100 Students Church Planting Movement which was held during July 2013 in Nassau, Bahamas. Out of this initiative, a new Spanish company was formed in the South Bahamas Conference. Also, Dr. Johnson served on the Compensation Review Committee.
Now that the IAD’s year-end meetings are concluded, the Atlantic Caribbean Union will conduct its year-end meetings during November 7-12, 2013, in Nassau, Bahamas.

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