July 11, 2019 | Montego Bay, Jamaica | Lawrie Henry/IAD News Staff
Communicators, technologists, church leaders and delegates in Jamaica met for training and networking at the Global Adventist Internet Network (GAiN) Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from July 4-6, 2019. The more than 200 attendees were gathered from across the island, for the first such event organized by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, to promote the use of technology for spreading the gospel.
During the opening ceremony on July 4, Pastor Everett Brown, president for the church in Jamaica, said that through media the church can become more efficient and effective in fulfilling its mandate of making disciples.
“We have immense possibilities today of using technology to share the everlasting gospel. I’m happy that many of our millennials in the church are here, the future of the church is bright,” Pastor Brown said.
Nigel Coke, communication director for the church in Jamaica and organizer of the event, said the conference is timely given the world we live in.
“Two thousand nineteen is the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web, and we are entering the fifth generation of mobile technology and digital is arguably the biggest factor shaping the future,” said Coke. “Users of technology are set to have the tremendous opportunities to demonstrate their emotional intelligence and even ethical guidance capabilities. This is why we believe that a conference of this nature is very important at this time in Jamaica.”