Students on a Cruise Stop at Caribbean Islands to Remove Debris


Andrews University students clean Adventist churches and homes affected by hurricanes.

A group of students and leaders from Andrews University recently spent a day clearing out fallen walls, fallen branches and debris from the largest Seventh-day Adventist Church on St. Thomas, destroyed by Hurricane Irma last year.

The group of more than 50 stepped off a cruise-mission trip in the Caribbean to tidy up the Philadelphia Adventist Church, nestled in the capital city of Charlotte Amalie. The church has been closed since the storm tore up the roof and walls in September.

“It was a timely visit,”

The team of volunteers are part of Andrews University’s WeCare Mission Trips, which provides short-term mission opportunities for students that are unable to go on extended mission trips, explained Rabel Y. Ortiz, the group’s director. The mission cruise took the team to engage in missionary work on Grand Turks and Puerto Rico as well, organizers said.

“It was a timely visit,” said Glendon Cross, pastor of the Philadelphia Adventist Church. “We have been wanting to prepare a place where we can convene our own worship service, so the team of volunteers gave us much needed assistance.”

  • Debris being cleaned from the damage to the Philadelphia Adventist Church–the largest Adventist Church on St. Thomas, with over 1,200 members who are currently worshipping with a church nearby. [Photo: Wilmoth James, Northern Caribbean Conference]

The more than 1,200 worshippers of the Philadelphia Church have been worshipping at the Shiloh Adventist Church nearby and have assisted the community with what they have in the aftermath of the storm’s devastation, explained Cross.

A total of 22 waste bins were generated thanks to the dedicated work of the group, he added.

Team organizers coordinated with local church leaders to send a team to every stop to ensure proper execution of the missionary work.


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