The Caribbean region consists of 28 nations but has over 700 islands, islets, reefs, and cays. The region is exceptionally diverse in history, culture, and language as most islands were colonized at some stage in history. Certain islands are still regarded as territories belonging to Western nations like France, the Netherlands and the USA. Throughout history, many people from places like India and West Africa were brought to the islands as slaves or skilled workers. These immigrants brought their own cultures and with them came religions like Hinduism, Islam, African religions, and many cults. In some ways, the Caribbean is well evangelized, but in other ways, there are many dark forces at work from the region’s deep and mixed history. Some of the languages spoken here are English, French, Spanish, Dutch, and Creole. Mainline denominations like Methodist, Wesleyan, Lutheran, Baptist, and Anglican are well established in the Caribbean. Pentecostal churches have also multiplied in some nations. Also, Catholics make up from 10-60% of the population in some nations of the Caribbean.
Our focus in the region is to motivate local believers to take the gospel to their own people and the rest of the world. In some Caribbean countries, there are sparks of revival and a growing number of believers with a sincere heart for missions. Countries like Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana have annual, region-wide mission conferences that center on world evangelization. Live School has been established in Cuba, Guyana, Haiti, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and others.
We are also in the process of researching Guyana’s 802 villages to discover which communities have churches and which do not. Once this research is complete, we plan to mobilize existing churches to adopt villages that still need churches.
The work in the region is mostly driven by volunteers in the US, people with daytime jobs who give of their free time to establish Live Schools. Our team taught them to train facilitators and then took them to the field for first-hand experience. Today, there is a team of volunteers who have qualified the majority of the Live School facilitators in the region. In many cases, they also help fund the training and the Live School units. Our goal is to establish Live School on every island nation of the Caribbean and to see hundreds of believers go from these nations to take the gospel to the rest of the world. Some of the islands are already sending missionaries, but we believe that the region has even more significant potential!
Live Schools are running in 6 nations of the Caribbean. There are a total of 150 schools established, which are cumulatively training 1065 students. At least one-third of those students have already graduated. We are actively working to develop Live Schools in new nations, such as Barbados and the Dominican Republic.
Eddie and Leré Robinson
Eddie and Leré Robinson have served at World Mission Centre for the last 29 years. The couple met while Eddie was leading Maringo Mission, a mission base on the south coast of South Africa where the focus was to reach farm workers. Leré’s father, Frans, was one of the farmers who allowed Eddie and his co-worker, Amon, to minister to his workers. After getting engaged, Eddie and Leré moved to Pretoria where they served with World Mission Centre during Love Southern Africa, GCOWE, and Project Focus. They were part of rolling Live School out in Southern Africa but were then asked to move to the States to start the USA office. Their three beautiful daughters were born in Pretoria, South Africa and now live and go to school in the USA. Today, Eddie is responsible for the North Africa and Caribbean regions. Leré now runs a business that changes many lives through teaching personal health and wellness.
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Blogs, Stories and testimonies from the Caribbean Region
I made my decision. Denise would stay with us. My sisters objected though they would be kind to her later. They said, “You must be crazy! Nobody has ever welcomed a fool and crazy person!” I was calm and confident, and I said to them, “Well, I am so happy that I am different than everybody else.”
I was always eager to teach children, and as I saw the lack of well-trained teachers, I decided to become a Biblical teacher by an International Ministry called “Kids around the World.” In this ministry, I worked in different service areas for ten years.
God speaks and says that it’s time for Guyana and other Caribbean nations to send missionaries to other nations.
“Live School is an answer to our prayers.” Eddie meets with leaders in Cuba, where the the soil is fertile and the people are ready for the gospel.
Eddie and his family are stretched beyond their comfort zones as chapters are turned in their family life and ministry life.
Acts 1:8 helps Eddie, Live School students and others cast a vision to reach all of Haiti and beyond