Adventists prioritize community needs

The planning team, with President O'Connor at the head of the table, is hard at work.

Legal advice, health screening and aid to people in hard times are the issues that members of the Adventist Church will concentrate on helping people with in all three Cayman Islands.
Church administrators met recently to work out details as part of their four-year planning cycle.

“We consider responding to needs of persons in communities across the three islands a priority for the church,” said pastor Shian O’Connor, who presided over the meetings as the newly re-elected president of the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

“The new initiatives planned for this year are aimed at assisting anyone in need, regardless of religious affiliation,” Mr. O’Connor said. “In accordance with Biblical teachings with respect to the sick, the hungry, the imprisoned, and the otherwise disadvantaged among us, the church has a responsibility to reach out to people who may need some help in getting back on their feet.”

President Shian O’Connor, fourth from right, front, is pictured with the planning team that represents the organization’s administration and the various churches across Grand Cayman.
President Shian O’Connor, fourth from right, front, is pictured with the planning team that represents the organization’s administration and the various churches across Grand Cayman.

Aid to people in hard times will include the often neglected elderly, he noted.

As a prelude to launching the community response initiative, to include a central supplies depot, the church will conduct needs assessments starting March 6. Trained and accredited assessors will go out into communities across the three islands. The assessment stage will include discussions with relevant personnel in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, Fire Service, Mental Health Services, and social service agencies, church administrators said.

Mr. O’Connor said the community services initiatives will be separate from the church’s assistance to its own members through its Dorcas Society. Further, he pointed out that the church already has in place another unit, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, which is part of the Cayman Islands National Hazard Management Plan for coordinating disaster response.

During last week’s two-day think tank, church leaders formulated other goals involving the more than 5,000 members on the three islands. These include the expansion of Cayman Academy, the Cayman Islands’ only Seventh-day Adventist school, to accommodate increasing demand.

In addition, a new television channel, Hope TV, the official channel for the Seventh-day Adventist Church globally, is scheduled to be added to the menu of channels offered by Logic TV. The channel, branded locally as CATV (Cayman Adventist TV), will begin airing this month.

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