Charles D. Adamson was one of the pioneering Caribbean-Antiguan literature evangelists and lay leaders in the eastern Caribbean from the early 1890s until his death in the mid-1930s.
ADRA in Costa Rica began as an association called “Philanthropic Adventist Welfare Work,” recognized by the acronym “OFASA.” OFASA was founded on March 10, 1982, in the province of San José, district of Carmen.
ADRA Honduras (ADRA OFASA de Honduras) provides humanitarian assistance, food security, economic development, basic health, basic education, and emergency response in Honduras. It works closely with its parent company (ADRA International).
The first Adventist school in Guadeloupe was the school of Rousseau for boys and girls, officially recognized on August 17, 1943, by the town mayor and the town council. The second Adventist educational institution of the colony opened in October 1947, at the behest of the Adventist community in Pointe-a-Pitre. This school officially became La Persévérance in 1955.
Adventist education has been a powerful tool for spreading the Adventist message and strengthening the church in the Caribbean. The first church school in the Caribbean was opened in Jamaica after missionaries arrived there in 1892. A few years after the first Adventist minister arrived in Trinidad in 1894 a school was planned for Couva.
The origin of the Adventist medical work in Nicaragua dates back to 1898 when Pastor Frank Hutchins made his first missionary trip to Nicaragua, sailing on a boat called The Herald on the Prinzapolka River. He reached the coast of the city, where he was forced to anchor due to the threat of a tropical storm.
One of the most effective methods of conveying Seventh-day Adventist teachings in the early decades of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s growth in the Caribbean was the pioneering of early Adventist songs and hymns. Music has always been an effective vehicle to transmit ideas and ideologies. Early colporteurs and ministers both taught their first contacts and interested people the early Adventist music that they had learned from their mentors. The early Adventists who viewed themselves as “a singing people” had memorized numerous songs about their beliefs, which they shared with new converts.
Adventist Training School of El Salvador is the only educational institution in El Salvador that has boarding accommodations. It is located in the municipality of San Juan Opico, department of Libertad, and it belongs to the Central El Salvador Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
The Adventist University Institute of Venezuela (IUNAV) is the first and only university-level educational institution that the Adventist Church operates in Venezuela. It functions under the legal entity Asociación Civil Instituto Universitario Adventista de Venezuela with the Adventist Church’s sponsorship through constituent unions – East Venezuela Union Mission, West Venezuela Union Mission, and Dutch Caribbean Union Mission.
UNADECA is a Seventh-day Adventist co-educational university located in Alajuela, Costa Rica. It exists to offer Christian university education to Central American youth and others who will then provide needed leadership and professional services to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and society in general.
During the early decades of Seventh-day Adventist missions in the Caribbean, missionaries eschewed public service in the public arena. This stance was influenced by the views of early Adventist leaders and promoted among the laity reaching back to the Millerites. Among the earliest holders of government positions was Frank Bayne of Barbados, who was appointed a member of the colony’s legislative assembly in 1959. Since then, Adventists in the Caribbean have continued to step into the public square. One study shows that at least thirty-two Adventists have held public office in twelve Caribbean countries from 1959 to 2020.
Eugene Theodore Agard was a physicist and Seventh-day Adventist exemplar for creationism.
Keith Densel Albury was a pastor and church administrator from Habbour Island, better known as “Briland,” in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
The acronym ALINSA, which means Alimentos Integronaturales, S.A., constitutes the legal name of the Adventist health food brand commercially known as Alimentos COLPAC in Mexico.
The Alpine Mission is located in the center of the High Plains of Mexico, or Central Plateau of Mexico, which extends to the Neovolcanic axis to the south.
Altiplano Guatemala Mission is a part of Guatemala Union Mission. Its headquarters are in San Cristóbal, Guatemala. Its activities are regulated by the model constitution for missions of the Inter-American Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Celian Emerald Andross was an American evangelist and church administrator who dedicated his life to working for the Adventist Church. Andross held many successful evangelistic meetings in the American West and along the mid-Atlantic before serving as the youth director of the Columbia Union Conference in Maryland for six years.
Anguilla is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean. The first two Seventh-day Adventists in Anguilla were baptized in 1932.
Inter-American Division Anguilla Country (Based on SDA membership)
The Adventist message officially reached Antigua when Elder William Arnold arrived in December 1888.
Inter-American Division Antigua and Barbuda Country (Based on SDA membership)
Antillian College (Colegio de las Antillas) was the main educational institution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cuba from 1940 to 1967. This campus also became the main center of higher education for the Inter-American Division. It was there that workers were trained from and for Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, as well as for the other unions in this division’s territory.