In St. Thomas, Andrew’s University students remove hurricane debris at largest Adventist Church

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ene 25 2018
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St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
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In St. Thomas, Andrew's University students remove hurricane debris at largest Adventist Church

Students from Andrews Univeristy’s We Care Ministries clear a section of the Philadelphia Adventist Church in St. Thomas on Dec. 14, 2017. The roof and walls of the church were destroyed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria back in September 2017. [Photo credit: Wilmoth James/NCC]

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 out of 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.

The team of volunteers are part of Andrews University’s We Care Ministries, 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 do 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.”

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 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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