Caribbean

The Caribbean is a diverse place – linguistically, socially, culturally and geo-politically. There is generally religious tolerance and freedom for Christians to spread the gospel, especially in the English- and Dutch-speaking countries. However, students experience restrictions in some of the French-speaking movements, since the French laws declare that schools and other public places are religion-free zones.

 

Student ministry in the Caribbean 

  • 12 IFES-affiliated movements
  • 2 unaffiliated movements
  • 3 countries currently being pioneered
  • largest movement, Guyana (about 10,000 students in 250 groups, including high schools, and 10 field staff)
  • Dominica is one of the smallest movements with fewer than 300 students

 

There have been encouraging signs of God’s power at work in the region over the past year.  The movement in St Vincent & Grenadines has been strengthened. Across the region non-Christian students are being saved, while Christian students are making a commitment to deeper study of God’s word as they embrace various bible study methods. Finally, since IMPACT 2012, the regional missions conference held in Jamaica, students have become even more passionate about mission. One of the greatest strength of students in the region is the zeal that many have to share their faith.

 

View from the inside

Desmond Rogers, Regional Secretary for the Caribbean, is inspired by Philippians 2:16: ‘Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.’

Desmond says, ‘We have seen students coming to faith in Christ and being discipled for his honour and glory. The region is also blessed with staff and graduates who are keen to see the work in their respective national movements advance so that students may know Christ and make him known.’

 

Please pray:

  • for the many students who commute to find time to attend meetings;
  • for more students to be saved, and for their lives to have a deep impact on the many social problems in the region;
  • for the strengthening of efforts to pioneer new student groups.

Mar 10

Partnership, prayer – and pumpkin sauce: Guyana links up with Jamaica

Posted by Penny Vinden

Great things happen when national movement staff get together. Flemlyn Ragobeer, General Secretary of ISIVCF Guyana heard about the SCFSU Jamaica leadership camp for secondary students at an IFES regional conference. ‘The more I thought about it,’ she said, ‘the more I felt God speaking to my heart about doing something similar for our student leaders.’

Jul 09

Hot dogs and faith: students from Guyana get ready for World Assembly

Posted by Penny Vinden

The humble hot dog may be an unlikely hero – but for one IFES student it was the answer to her fundraising prayers.

Kezia Boyal was one of nine students chosen to represent the IS/IVCF Guyana at IFES World Assembly in Mexico this July.

But the prospect of raising the funds to get there was daunting. How could she meet her first deadline of USD 450, let alone the USD 1500 needed to complete her registration and buy her airfare?

Apr 23

Worship on the Lawn: Antigua students take a bold stand

Posted by Penny Vinden

Students worshiped with song and dance and preached the word for onlookers.

Worship on the Lawn is an annual event that UCCF Antigua students host on the state college campus.

They go to the centre of the college compound during a lunch break. Usually there are testimonies, dance, worship songs and a short message.

Mar 12

Showing love to sex workers: Martinique students cross boundaries

Posted by Penny Vinden

 

heart-shaped cards with words of hope, created by students for the prostitutes

Feb 12

Friendship and faith, passion and purity

Posted by Dana

Dana (green stripes, center) at an ISCF Jamaica Conference.

I used to call myself a Christian and went to church, but I didn’t really know God.

Then my life hit a turning point. First, I lost my daddy who was my best friend; my mommy and I weren't having the best relationship. I thought everyone hated me including my twin brother. And then my house burned down. It was as if I were losing everything and everyone I loved.

Jan 22

Facing suicide: Guyana students offer HOPE

Posted by Penny Vinden

​Session on the Dynamics of Suicide, Neville Butts sharing his testimony, and registration with ‘HOPE’ wristbands.​

Nov 13

The IFES group with no religion

Posted by Penny Vinden

Violence, gambling, stealing and general disrespect are just some of the problems exhibited by students at Westerhall Secondary School in Grenada. It has a reputation as a “troubled” school, and when staff worker Deborah Dowlath gathered a group of young Christians there, only four girls attended.

IFES Caribbean

Desmond Rogers

Regional Secretary

73 Garnett Street and Stone Avenue
Section F
Cambellville, Georgetown
Guyana

carifes100@gmail.com

+1 (592) 227 6152

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