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All articles in category Caribbean

November 2012

Serving Haiti

Serving Haiti With the lowest standard of living in the Western Hemisphere, 80 per cent of Haiti’s 8 million people languish in poverty. Two-thirds of the population are unemployed. Haitians suffer from chronic malnutrition, poor health and untreated medical conditions. Some 120,000 are living with HIV/AIDS.    Haiti was rededicated to voodoo during the bicentennial…

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Missionary Spotlight God’s Word in Haiti
September 2010

Missionary Spotlight God’s Word in Haiti

God's Word in Haiti After visiting Haiti in November 2009 and February 2001, I returned in June 2010 to see how best to help gospel preachers and the literature outreach of Europresse (French EP) there after the earthquake.I found Port-au-Prince dramatically changed. Everywhere there were collapsed buildings and rubble, much of which probably still contain…

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Missionary Spotlight – The Reformed Faith in St Lucia
June 2009

Missionary Spotlight – The Reformed Faith in St Lucia

The Reformed Faith in St Lucia St Lucia today is dominated by the Catholic Church, but Baptist work started during the mid-1940s with missionaries from Baptist Mid-Missions of North Carolina, USA. Several churches were established, including First Baptist Church in the main city Castries, Grace Baptist Church in the community of Bexon, and Patience Church…

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Missionary Spotlight – St Lucia – a tropical gem
June 2009

Missionary Spotlight – St Lucia – a tropical gem

St Lucia - a tropical gem St Lucia is the sort of island that travellers to the Caribbean dream about - a small, lush tropical gem still relatively unknown. One of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, it is located midway down the Eastern Caribbean chain between Martinique and St Vincent, and north west…

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Counting heads in Jamaica
November 2006

Counting heads in Jamaica

The Christian church in Jamaica has strong colonial roots. The Spanish colonisers of the sixteenth century were followed by Roman Catholic priests; their English successors by Anglican clergymen. During the eighteenth century, Moravians, Baptists and Methodists became established; ministering mainly to the slave population.The population census of 2001 collected data on denominational affiliation in…

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November 2006

Jamaica’s religions

Jamaica has a number of mainly home-grown religions — some are syncretistic between Christianity and animism. The most important cult is Pocomania. Its meetings are frenzied — with prayers, dances and rhythmic drumming. Adherents go into a trance, aided by rum and ganja (marijuana/cannabis). The most African of the cults is Kumina. It is…

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November 2006

Jamaica fact file

Location: The third largest island in the Caribbean Sea, lying south of Cuba. Area: 4244 square miles.Environment: Jamaica is mountainous (Blue Mountain Peak, 2256m) and prone to earthquakes and hurricanes. It has a tropical climate.Population: 2.8 million. Another 1.3 million have emigrated to North America and UK.Infant mortality rate: 16/1000 live births. Life expectancy:…

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Reaching into Jamaica
November 2006

Reaching into Jamaica

From a historical perspective, Jamaica is an island that has been reached with the gospel. We have freedom of religion; the population has access to thousands of churches; and Jamaica claims to be a Christian nation. However, there are still opportunities for missionaries to labour here, especially in the areas of theological education and…

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