The Christadelphian Bible Mission Canada (CBMC), which supports ecclesial activities in the Caribbean (including Guyana) is urgently appealing for a full-time missionary presence in Jamaica – this could be a brother or a married couple. Are you interested? Here is a summary of the current situation:
- In the mid-2000’s, there were 12 active ecclesias on the Island of Jamaica (see map). In 2017, six ecclesias are holding regular Remembrance Services – Broughton, Harvey River, Kingston, May Pen, Round Hill and Spanish Town. Currently, there are about 100 active members spread across this country – approximately 25% are brothers and half of these are ‘platform active’. This puts a great burden on a few brothers to minister the Word in their own ecclesias, as well as supporting other meetings. At the same time, it must be stressed that the sisters are a great source of strength in the various meetings! However, the Jamaican ecclesias have great concern for the future of the Brotherhood on the Island. Why has there been such a change? Here are some of the multiple reasons – members emigrating to other countries, partly due to economic hardship in Jamaica; small ecclesias in remote areas suspending meetings due to dwindling membership and no youth; and elder leaders with physical health problems. Also, the demands of daily life make it difficult for members, in general, to dedicate the time required to sustain regular ecclesial activities. The Christadelphian Bible Mission Jamaica (CBMJ) has appealed for more help from the CBMC.