Adventists Do Good in Bahamas,
Prime Minister Says
he national leader of the Bahamas applauded the Seventh-day Adventist church recently for its contributions to society and ongoing work in the community.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham called the church a "beacon of faithful service and Christian stewardship in our country," citing Adventist work among young people and in support of strong families and healthy lifestyles.
COMMENDATION: Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham commends the Adventist Church during the October 30 dedication of new headquarters for the denomination's Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission. [PHOTO: Abel Márquez/IAD]
"You've also made an important contribution to education in the Bahamas, molding the lives of young men and women who have, in turn, contributed to the community and national development," Ingraham said.
The prime minister's comments came during the October 30, 2011, dedication ceremony for the new headquarters of the church's Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission. The administrative region oversees Adventist Church work in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos. Previously, the union mission served a constituency of nearly 30,000 Adventists from temporary headquarters in the Summer Winds Plaza, also in Nassau.
Ingraham previously commended the Adventist Church when the Bahamas parliament voted in May to recognize the church's then newly-established Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission as the legal entity of the church in the Bahamas. Church leaders first created the union mission when they split the former West Indies Union Conference into two administrative regions to recognize church growth and financial autonomy in the Caribbean.
Israel Leito, president for the Adventist Church in Inter-America, told Ingraham that Adventists in the Bahamas appreciate the high level of religious freedom the country's government grants.
In his keynote address, Leito also reminded the audience why they had gathered -- to dedicate not the building itself, but the people who work there "to serve God's people and the community."