Members of the Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church on the Caribbean Island of Tortola recently planted dozens of coconut trees along the shores in an efforts to beautify their island after Hurricane Irma hit hard in 2017. Pathfinders, leaders and the church’s community services plant 69 trees on the Trellis Bay, Beff Island and Josiah Bay in British Virgin islands late last month.
Khoy Smith, pathfinder counselor and deputy community services leader at the Maranatha Adventist Church, said he shared a vision with the pathfinder club and membership to embark on a project to replenish the shorelines with coconut trees a few months ago. Pathfinders and members of the church began collecting coconut trees.
Shortly after, the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board’s officials announced that they would be receiving coconut trees and were seeking community partners to plant the trees along the beaches. “This announcement seemed like divine intervention as it was just what we needed and the time was just right,” said Smith.
The 21 pathfinders and volunteer members have been monitoring and watering the trees regularly each week in coordination with several business that have agreed to assist, said Sheriece Creque, Pathfinder director for the Maranatha Adventist Church.
“Our community partners were excited about the idea of restoring vegetation along the shoreline and enjoyed the sense of pride that was expressed by the youth as they worked,” said Creque. “Many expressed gratitude for the effort of the group as the trees immediately uplifted the atmosphere and provided a renewed sense of hope.