West Indies Mission Splits
LDS News: In the Caribbean, the Puerto Rico San Juan East Mission has been created from a division of the Puerto Rico San Juan and West Indies missions. The current Puerto Rico San Juan Mission includes the island of Puerto Rico, the U. S. and British Virgin Islands, and the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. The West Indies Mission includes the remaining islands in the Lesser Antilles and the neighboring South American countries of Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. The division of these two missions will create the Puerto Rico San Juan West Mission, renamed from the Puerto Rico San Juan Mission. The mission headquarters will be centered in San Juan and the mission will cover the western half of Puerto Rico. It will also include the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. The new Puerto Rico San Juan East Mission will also be centered in San Juan and will contain the two stakes and one district in eastern Puerto Rico, as well as the English-speaking countries of the Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, Dominica and Barbados. The current West Indies Mission will remain headquartered in Trinidad and will be renamed the Trinidad and Tobago Mission. It will cover all of the French- and Dutch-speaking countries and islands in the Caribbean Area and will continue to oversee English-speaking Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The French-speaking areas are Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, and St. Martin. The Dutch-speaking areas include Suriname and the northern islands of the Netherlands Antilles, including St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba. The new mission will reduce travel demands and allow the mission president more contact with missionaries and local priesthood leaders.
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I submitted this to the Church News recently:
|A new District Presidency was called in the Port of Spain Trinidad District. Formerly there were two Districts in Trinidad, but they have been merged in preparation for a Stake hopefully sometime in the future.|
Details as follows:
President: Ashton Sunil Garcia
1st Counselor: Navine Dave Nandlal
2nd Counselor: Christopher Theophilus Danzell
There are 1921 Members in total in Trinidad & Tobago. The current Mission President is Reid Robison.
Other details available at: https://www.bordeglobal.com/foruminv/index.php?showforum=120/west-indies-mission/
This is Pres. Robison, current Mission President of the West Indies Mission. For the complete record of slide shows that are posted online after each zone conference, please go to the following link: https://web.mac.com/diane.robison/Site/Welcome.html
Comments: Just lurking at this point. I served in the original West Indies mission as one of the 6 Elders who set it up back in the early 80s. Some of us came form PR mission, others from Florida. We were working in the islands before we even had a Mission President. I also got to help Elders get visa for various countries and got many of them off to the airport as they came through. I had a few companions that served in Haiti as well as other islands.
I served in St Vincent, Barbados, and visited several other islands while on my mission. I also served in the office when it was still in Ft Lauderdale. Does anyone from that early version of the mission hang out here? I served with both Elders listed on the alumni site as wll as elder Shirley, and a couple of others.
Recently I read there is permission to add a couple of senior female missionaries. What do you think about sisters missionaries serving in the West Indies? Is it the first time? If its, why haven't they served before?
The History of the Saints in Trinidad & Tobago (as well as other countries) is now available for reading online FREE at: HistoryOfTheSaints.com. Feel free to add input for a part of the mission / country you belong to.
The first two sister missionaries have been called to the West Indies Mission. Sister Bibi Girdharry from Guyana and Sister Chennel Camejo from Trinidad.