Cayman Islands (UK)
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The largest of the British dependencies is the Cayman Islands located south of Cuba and west of Jamaica. Consisting of three low-lying coral islands the area of the islands is 260 sq km (100 sq miles). Today the Cayman Islands are one of the world(s largest off-shore financial centers offering a confidential tax have to 35,000 companies and several hundred banks. Tourism is also a significant factor in the local economy accounting for 70% of the island(s gross national product. When first discovered by Europeans the islands were uninhabited and until the 1960s farming and fishing were the chief occupations on the islands. The current population of about 40,000 is of largely Afro-European descent with one-fifth being an immigrant labor force from Jamaica. Among the immigrants from Jamaica was Patsey Alberga. Sensing the need for Christ in the Cayman Islands she begged for evangelistic assistance. In 1977 Harvey Starling and Don Starks responded with a campaign. The result was that twelve were baptized. Later William Worthey returned as a resident missionary under the sponsorship of the Armory, Mississippi church, an a cappella Church of Christ, and subsequent campaigns resulted in additional baptisms. Gary Kirkendall and Cecil May III have also labored in the Cayman Islands. Two families supported by the American Christian Churches and Churches of Christ have done work in the Cayman Islands. These are Janet Wilson of World Mission Builders with residence in the capitol, George Town and Bill and Monica Wilson in Boddentown. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada financially support the Committee on Caribbean and Latin America, NCCCUSA and have provided assistance to the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (Congregational-Disciples of Christ-Presbyterian).
Clinton J. Holloway
National Profiles Editor
For further historical reference:
Churches of Christ Around the World, Lynn, Mac, 21st Century Christian Publications, Nashville, TN, 2003.
Bill D. and Monica Wilson,
Open Door Christian
Box 61 Boddentown, Grand Cayman
British West Indies